ASUU: FG Can’t Be Trusted Despite Strike Suspension

The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) chapter, Dr. Austen Sado has said that despite suspension of the two months’ old strike by the union, the Federal Government could still not be trusted.

This is as he said that the suspension of the strike was for a short time because the Federal Government has not fulfilled much of what the union was asking for.

Sado, who stated this during an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, said that the national executive of ASUU would reconvene at any point to access and re-evaluate the agreement, even as he said that the union’s inability to trust the Federal Government stems from past experiences.

The ASUU chairman further said that the union’ national leadership would meet anytime to assess the implementation of the union’s agreement with the Federal Government and determine the next line of action.

He said, “The strike was conditionally suspended, and at any point in time, ASUU’s National Executive Committee will reconvene to access the implementation. It is the assessment of the implementation of this agreement that will determine whether members of this union will reopen the strike or not.

“It is not just with ASUU; it is in the news with many other unions. To say you trust that government will be making an over-kill. But what do you do if the government still says it is going to do something?”
Sado further said that the failure of government to pay subventions to the universities was crippling the university system unlike what was obtainable in civilized climes.

“That government cannot influence the outcome of research. Now everywhere in the world, even in the western word, including the Government of the United States of America (USA) gives subvention to the universities.

“What the Nigerian government has failed to do is not giving us subvention. If the government truly wants the universities to thrive, then you will see that universities are properly funded. Academics are usually given a certain amount of money for conferences, for research and all that.

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