The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU says it directed its members to embark on strike during the coronavirus pandemic because there would never be a time approved for such an action.
ASUU President Biodun Ogunyemi who stated this, also inaugurated ASUU COVID-19 intervention in an effort to sensitise the public and check the spread of the dreaded virus at the University of Ibadan, IU.
The intervention materials, produced by University of Ibadan branch of ASUU, comprised about 1,100 mililetre of hand sanitisers. The programme included sensitisation campaign, via jingles in Pidgin and English languages; posters in three languages and hand gloves.
Ogunyemi, who was represented by the coordinator of ASUU, UI zone, Ade Adejumo, said, they cannot confront the challenge by bemoaning their fate.
He explained the coronavirus crisis had exposed the country’s empty teaching hospitals which justified its industrial action to demand revitalisation funds for public universities.
The Chairman, ASUU, UI, Ayo Akinwole, said despite being owed two months’ salary, the union would not abandon its people.