The governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, says the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has no reason to have embarked on strike.
The union commenced an indefinite strike on November 5. It said its decision was informed by poor funding of universities in the country, failure on the part of the government to honour the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the union and the federal government in 2017.
But speaking in Paris during President Muhammadu Buhari’s interactive session with Nigerians living in France, Fayemi said ASUU cannot have all its demands met when there are competing needs. He argued that no government has done more for the union than the Buhari administration.
Meanwhile, ASUU has said that the letters of notification of strike action, which it wrote to the Ministries of Education and Labour and Employment, have not been replied by either ministry since Monday, the fifth of November, when it resumed its strike.
The ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed this on Monday, saying the union believed that while the Federal Government “was still warming up as usual,”. He alleged that the ruling class does not want quality education for the children of the poor.
This is just as operatives of the Department of State Services invited and interrogated the ASUU Chairman of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Dr Adamu Babayo, on Sunday over the strike action. Ogunyemi, who confirmed the interrogation of Babayo, said the union would not be intimidated by what he described as the activities of overzealous security officials.