Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has complained about the effect of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities on students and tertiary education in the country.
ASUU started the strike on February 14 due to what it described as “failure” on the part of the government to meet its demands.
The requirements include the payment of earned stipends, payment of revitalization funds to universities, establishment of review panels, and implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution in place of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System for the payment of workers in the ivory towers.
The government has set up a committee headed by Prof. Nimi Briggs to investigate the union’s demands and review the 2009 ASUU-FG agreement.
ASUU leaders, who left a meeting with the government on Aug. 16, claimed no offer had been made to them.
The PUNCH reports on August 30, 2023 that ASUU has declared a total and indefinite strike. The decision was made at a meeting of the union’s National Executive Council held in Abuja on Sunday.
Responding to the ongoing strike in a tweet on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, the LP presidential candidate said universities will be closed for six months.
He lamented what he described as a “staggering level of corruption” in Nigeria, adding that the country is also polarized along religious and ethnic lines.
He wrote: “Nigeria is highly polarized and plagued by deep divisions along religious, ethnic and regional lines. There is a staggering level of corruption. Our universities have been closed for six months.
“While our health care system remains nearly doomed, electricity generation and distribution are also at an all-time low. -PO”
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