Former President of ASUU (R), Prof. Nasir Isa and President of ASUU (L), Biodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the federal government should be held responsible for the continuation of the strike.

The chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter, Dr Deji Omole, said this in the course of a radio programme in Ibadan.

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According to him, the strike would end immediately the federal government implements the agreement it reached with the union.

He said ASUU has only called on the federal government to use public funds to develop public education in the country.

“ASUU has never run away from negotiation. The issue in contention is about implementation and not negotiation as being peddled by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

“It is sad that successive governments, including the incumbent, failed to realise that funding education is an investment which can bring about enduring positive change in the country.

“Why will government not fulfil the promises contained in the signed agreement? Government should see education as an investment. The products will come out to change society.

“If our universities are properly funded, we can conduct cutting-edge research that can take us out of recession. What we are simply saying is that FG should use public funds to fund public education.”