South West Universities Union President on Thursday demanded the immediate end to the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU)
This was disclosed today at the press conference organised by the South-West Universities Students Presidents helf SUB events centre, University Of Ibadan.
The press conference was organized in response to the ongoing strike that was has been on since Monday, March 23rd 2020.
While speaking, the host president, Akeju Oluwasegun fussed on how the industrial actions have been the norm from time to time, as Nigerian Students can no longer enjoy quality education and conveniently acquire certificate within its stipulated years, thus, there’s a need for action.
The President for Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Oloyede Abiodun Micheal requested for an end to the ongoing action by the academic staff union of universities.
He expressed that the struggle should never be sapped and that solutions should be sought immediately, in his words he said “the struggle of ASUU should never be undermined as we all truly know, revitalization of payment and improvement in the quality of infrastructures and regulations of payment of salaries is direly needed, inspire of this we urgently call for a compromise to be reached by both parties”
He further demanded that adequate funding of the educational sector be initiated. He griefed as lack of funds in Institutions is one of the major challenges affecting federal and state owned Institutions and that financial burdens are always on the increase but the priority given to the educational sector is extremely low.
He called also called the Federal Government to see need for prioritising the educational sector as key to sustainable growth and development. He lamented on the needs do students welfarism to be rated “top priority” in the Nation’s to do list can no longer be ignored.
He therefore urged the federal government to look deeply into their demands, forming a Committee, comprising all students Union Leaders across the federation, and representative of the government.
Vehemently in his statement, the Students’ Union body gave the federal government the ultimatum of seven days to resolve the crisis and get the students back to school, else there would be an aggressive agitations thereafter.
Wherein, responding to a question raised of how whose interest is the body fighting for, the unilorin president, Wisdom Oluwaseun Koko responded by saying” it’s in the interest of the Nigerian students, as the two parties ( FG and ASUU) are not putting the interest of the Nigerian Students on table.
Present at the press conference includes the SUG president of University of Ibadan, Olusegun Akeju, Oyo State NANS chairman, Opakunle Mayowa, FUTA SUG president, Oloyede Abiodun Micheal, LAUTECH SUG president, Olabiyi Anthony, TASUED SUG president, Soneye Abdulazeez and others.