Piqued over non-payment of salaries to its members by the Federal Government, Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has advised lecturers to immediately seek alternative means of survival.
This was as it vowed to fight to the finish in pressing home its demands.
It said that until government bowed to its demands, students and parents should not expect resumption of universities any time soon.
The Abuja zone of the union at a press conference held Tuesday morning at the University of Abuja campus, accused the government of not showing commitment in resolving the issues that necessitated the ongoing strike.
The union’s Abuja zonal coordinator, Prof. Theophilus Lagi, who read the text of the press conference, insisted that members were “relentlessly determined to continue with the ongoing strike until our demands are met.”
“Today, we wish to let Nigerians especially our students and parents know that there is no hope in sight to ending or suspending the ASUU strike that has lingerd for several months as Government is yet to show serious commitment towards addressing our core demands.
“Our members have been advised to seek other legitimate means of survival as the Government has not released salaries withheld since February, 2020,” the text read.
The union particularly accused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige of showing what it called “disdain for Nigerian academics.
”One needs not be a psychologist to understand the behaviour and recent utterances of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.
“The Minister has clearly shown his disdain for Nigerian academics and has failed to play the role of an unbiased umpire in moderating the imbroglio.
“He has now become the spokespreson to the accountant general of the federation and the ministry of finance, instead of finding solution for lecturers to get back to work, he is turning the wheel of progress backwards by setting ASUU on a collision course with other presure groups in the university. Clearly Dr Ngige is on a war part with ASUU,” it said.
The text read further:”As men of letters, we would have elected to ignore Senator Chris Ngige’s deliberate misinformation and deceit.
“So, this response is more to straighten the record than it is to massage the minister’s ego.
“In one of his comedies of error, Ngige told the nation that the striking lecturers had been paid salaries up to date when he knew university lecturers were being owed salaries for between Nine to Six months for no just cause.
“In another fit of treachery, the Minister during a recent Budget defense at the National Assembly, while upholding the existence of University Autonomy Law, attempted in vain to redefine its provisions.”