Emmanuel Osodeke, President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has reacted to a remark made by Festus Keyamo, minister of state for labour and employment, on the union’s ongoing strike.
Recall that Keyamo had in an interview with Channels TV on August 5, requested mother and father to beg the varsity lecturers to name off their strike, whereas additionally insisting that the federal authorities won’t be blackmailed by ASUU to borrow N1.2 trillion so as to meet their calls for.
Reacting to this in an interview with Channels Television on Monday August 8, Osodeke mentioned it’s disappointing to the see the Minister make such remark.
The ASUU President who requested if Keyamo would enable his kids attend a Nigerian college, additionally said that the Minister was on the road earlier than becoming a member of partisan politics.
“For us as a union, we aren’t speaking about ASUU. We are speaking about Nigerian college system that has nearly collapsed in such a means that you simply don’t see college students from throughout of the world coming to Nigerian universities as college students.
“You don’t see lecturers from all around the world coming to Nigeria to show, whereas Nigerian lecturers and college students are all shifting in droves in another country. That is why we’re on strike. It will not be about our welfare; it’s about this technique.
“Are we happy with this technique? Will Keyamo, who had spoken, enable his kids to highschool in Nigerian universities? That is the comical factor I noticed when he was talking and for me, why I felt so disenchanted is that is somebody, earlier than he joined this partisan politics, he was a type of on the streets.”