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Education Crisis: ASUU members protest, describe Federal Government as ‘lawless, merciless’

*The Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Ibadan Branch, hits hard at the Federal Government during a protest Monday, November 28, describing the current administration as ‘one of the most lawless governments Nigeria has ever seen… a government that is merciless in meting out draconian policies to the working class’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI) Branch Monday, November 28, 2022, protested against what they described as “merciless treatment” of University lecturers by the Federal Government.

ConsumerConnect reports the protesting academics moved within the expansive campus with placards and sang to register their displeasure over the state of affairs in the Nigerian University system.

Prof. Ayoola Akinwole, ASUU Chairman, UI Chapter, who addressed students and reporters  during the rally, said it was a peaceful protest.

Akinwole urged the Federal Government to fulfill agreement reached with the University unions.

The ASUU Chairman stated: “The present government is one of the most lawless government Nigeria has ever seen.

“The government that doesn’t obey its own rule, the government that doesn’t obey its own court, a government that is merciless in meting out draconian policies to the working class.

“Our people say no to all these treatments.”

Likewise, Prof. Ademola Aremu, a former National Treasurer of ASUU, decried the government’s alleged attitude to resolving outstanding issues with the lecturers.

Aremu described the situation as unfair treatment of lecturers.

It is recalled that the branches of the academic union had planned a day’s nationwide protest over the payment of half-salaries to lecturers by the Federal Government for October 2022.

University of Lagos (UNILAG) Branch of ASUU, among others, recently protested over the half-salaries imbroglio.

ASUU October 14 this year had suspended its eight-month strike after the National Industrial Court (NIC) ordered the lecturers to resume classes.

However, in response to the development, ASUU said the government’s ‘pro-rata’ payment of October salaries of University lecturers simply portrayed them as casual workers in the country.

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