President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, has charged striking lecturers in public universities to brace up for a long action.
Ogunyemi enjoined ASUU members “to be on the watch and prepare for a long drawn out struggle to salvage the university system”.
He made this declaration in strike bulletin No 5 sent to all members of the union, a copy of which was obtained by Veloxnews in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Wednesday.
Our correspondent recalls that ASUU had embarked on nationwide strike over unfulfilled past agreements by government and underfunding of education.
Ogunyemi in the bulletin charged members of the union to remain steadfast “and resolute in the face of intimidation or antics employed by government through Vice chancellors and Governing councils to undermine the ongoing struggle”.
He added that, “Government is yet to change its “keep them talking” style and stance as all the meetings held so far with the Minister of Education are yet to resolve any of the demands of ASUU”.
Also, speaking after their zonal meeting held at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole, said Ibadan chapter has been fully mobilised with her members to ensure the reason for the strike gets actualised.
Omole noted that it is regrettable that the federal government who has not put anything on the table for revitalising the comatose education sector is busy mobilising funds for re-election in 2019.
He, however, appealed to parents not to mortgage the future of their children by fighting for proper and adequate funding of public education.