ASUU Strike Update Today, Thursday 19th May, 2022
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ASUU Strike Update Today, Thursday 19th May, 2022

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NANS begs presidential aspirants to raise money for ASUU

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has implored a presidential aspirant in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; a top presidential hopeful in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; and other presidential aspirants to raise money, in order to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

It made the appeal in a statement by the Chairman of NANS, Ogun State Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Kehinde Simeon.

Some of the demands of ASUU include: revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution for payment of lecturers.

NANS said the appeal followed the failure of the Federal Government to accede to the demands of the striking lecturers.

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The students’ body urged all presidential aspirants to rescue students and ensure public universities are reopened.

ASUU strike: OAU students resist soldiers at protest

Five soldiers yesterday disrupted the protest by students of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, over the strike by ASUU.

The students had protested on Ife/Ilesha/ Akure expressway by mounting barricade on the two lanes of the road, Stechitegist news gathered.

The barricade, close to Oduduwa University roundabout and also at the Moro end of the expressway, made it difficult for motorists to manoeuvre the route.

At 2:45pm, a convoy led by soldiers ran into the protesters at the Oduduwa University end of the road, and the students insisted that the convoy would not pass. The soldiers, however, forced their way through the barricade by dismantling it.

One of the students said: “The soldiers threatened to kill us for not allowing them to pass through the expressway. They wanted us to use their guns. We were scared. They forced their way through the barricade, but we reconvened after they had left to continue the protest.”

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The student union Vice-President, Grace Aworanti, berated the action of the soldiers. She said: “We are pressing for our demand. It is unfortunate that they are using guns on civilians who are harmless and are demanding their right.”

We ’ll not pull out of strike, LAUTECH ASUU vows

The Ibadan Zone of ASUU yesterday in Ogbomoso said that Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso remained steadfast and would not pull out of the ongoing strike declared by the national body of the union.

It said LAUTECH ASUU believed in the long term benefit of repositioning public universities and was not driven by primordial sentiments being dished out in some quarters.

Addressing a news conference, the Coordinator, Ibadan zone of the union, Prof. Oyebamiji Oyegoke, said the current infrastructure facelift, which LAUTECH enjoyed and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) grant, which its workers benefited from, were products of ASUU struggle, without which the institution would not have been able to have a semblance of a university.

He said: “That LAUTECH chapter of ASUU is involved in the current 12 weeks roll-over strike alongside our national body is to draw the attention of the Federal Government to the need to implement the Renegotiated Agreement, which the Federal Government signed with ASUU in 2009.

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Stechitegist Media gathered that the South-West zone of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) South-West (Zone D), in conjunction with the National Association of University Students (NAUS) in South-West, yesterday, vowed to shut down airports in the country unless the protracted strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is called off.

ASUU Strike Update Today, Thursday 19th May, 2022

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