Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday charged striking members of the union in public universities across the country to prepare for long industrial action.
President of the union, Mr Biodun Ogunyemi enjoined ASUU members “to be on the watch and prepare for a long drawn out struggle to salvage the University System”.
It would be recalled that ASUU embarked on nationwide strike over unfulfilled past agreements by government and underfunding of education.
Ogunyemi stated this in Strike Bulletin No. 5 sent to all members of the union, a copy of which was obtained by our correspondent in Ibadan.
Ogunyemi charged members to remain steadfast “and resolute in the face of intimidation or antics employed by government through Vice chancellors and Governing councils to undermine ongoing struggle”
According to ASUU President “Government is yet to change its “keep them talking” style and stance as all the meetings held so far with Minister of Education are yet to resolve any of the demands of ASUU”.
Also speaking after their Zonal Meeting held at the Ladoke Akintola University, ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Mr Deji Omole, said Ibadan zone of ASUU has been fully mobilised with her members to ensure the reason for the strike gets actualised.
Omole noted that it is regrettable that the federal government who has not put anything on the table for revitalising the comatose education sector is busy mobilising funds for re-election in 2019.
He however appealed to parents not to mortgage the future of their children by fighting for proper and adequate funding of public education.