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Indefinite strike: Peter Obi laments closure of university

Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has lamented the impact of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities on students and higher education in the country.

The ASUU started the strike on 14 February because, according to them, the government is not meeting their demands.

The demands include payment of earned allowances, payment of revitalisation funds to the universities, establishment of visitation boards and introduction of the university transparency and accountability solution instead of the integrated salary and staff information system for the payment of employees in the ivory towers.

The government set up a committee headed by Prof. Nimi Briggs to look into the union’s demands and review the 2009 ASUU-FG agreement.

ASUU leaders who walked out of a meeting with the government on 16 August claimed that no offer was made to them.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the union’s National Executive Council in Abuja on Sunday.

In a reaction to the ongoing strike in a tweet on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, the LP presidential candidate said universities have been closed for six months.

He lamented what he called “staggering corruption” in Nigeria, adding that the country was also polarised along religious and ethnic lines.

He wrote: “Nigeria is highly polarised and plagued by deep divisions along religious, ethnic and regional lines. The level of corruption is breathtaking. Our universities have been closed for six months.

“While our health system is almost at a standstill, power generation and distribution are also at an all-time low.

“Our position is that the ASUU strike has gone on for far too long. It is inexcusable, worrying and unacceptable that FGN is allowing such industrial action to become almost unstoppable to the detriment of our students.

“It is time for FGN to enter into negotiations with ASUU, and to do so in good faith. -PO

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