Less than 24 hours after the Federal Government announced the reopening of tertiary institutions and Unity Colleges, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says the decision will only be fruitful if their demands are met ahead of the resumption date.
The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi reminded the Federal Government and parents that lecturers in public universities are still on strike over the unmet demands.
Reacting to reopening of universities, Prof Ogunyemi told Saturday Sun that “we did not close the universities. It is the right of the government to reopen the universities. It is also the right of lecturers to withhold their services.”
He said among the demands are the re-negotiation of 2009 FNG/ASUU agreement, outstanding Earned Academic Allowances, visitation panels to federal universities, proliferation of state universities and revitalization fund for universities.
Ogunyemi disclosed that the union has consistently battle government to provide funds to revamp the existing universities to make it compete with other top universities in the World.