Education: ASUU Pledges To Recover Semester, Session Lost To Strike

Ebonyi State Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Alex-Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, says it will cover grounds lost to the eight-month called-off in October.

The Union, therefore, appealed to stakeholders to prevail upon the Federal Government to avoid engaging in any activity that could plunge the nation’s public university system into another needless strike.

ASUU stated this during a peaceful protest on Wednesday.

Chairperson of ASUU, Alex-Ekwueme University, Egwu Ogugua, while addressing newsmen, noted that the lecturers were duty-bound to complete teaching for the backlog of academic semesters and sessions lost due to the strike.

He also alleged that the government, instead of working to find a permanent solution to the crises in the universities, had resorted to the implementation of policies that would worsen the situation.

Ogugua recalled that the ASUU strike was suspended based on the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the Court order.

The Chairperson however, accused the government of not placing the education sector among high-priority areas. He lamented that the government’s decision to place university lecturers on pro-rata basis would deepen the crisis in the entire public university system.