The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has started an indefinite strike across Nigeria. Simply, universities will now be closed.
The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite strike.
An official of the union, Ben Ugwoke from the University of Abuja, confirmed the development to PREMIUM TIMES Sunday night.
When contacted, the chairman of ASUU at Obafemi Awolowo University, Adeola Egbedokun, said the strike is total and indefinite until the union’s needs are met.
The strike is to protest the poor funding of Nigerian universities and alleged plan by the federal government to increase students fees and introduce an education bank.
Led by its National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU declared the strike at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting late on Sunday.
I have noted some of the key issues which must be resolved before universities in Nigeria could be expected to function.
Nigeria needs a conference on how to fund education in the 21st century. Our students deserve better. For more than 30 years since ASUU was established, it has been making this argument from military governments to civilian ones and nothing seems to be working.