Nigeria’s foremost socio-political activist Adeyanju Deji, has again lent his voice to end the lingering industrial action embarked by the academic staff unions that have grounded academic activities in the country.
The renowned Human Rights activist and converner of Concerned Nigerians, who expressed his opinion via his official social media handle, urged Nigerians to channel their anger at the Federal Government for neglecting higher institutions in the country but continue to fund corrupt politicians.
He wrote: “I stand with ASUU 100%. Every anger must be directed at irresponsible FG who refuse to fund our tertiary institutions but continue to fund corrupt politicians.”
It’s no news however, that on Monday 9th, May, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU extended its strike action by twelve weeks. A statement signed by ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said this was to give the government enough time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.
The strike action came on the heels of the Government’s failure to satisfactorily implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the Union in December 2020 on renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), funding for revitalization of public universities, proliferation and governance issues in State Universities, promotion arrears, withheld salaries (owed for over 20 months in some cases), among others.