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Those blaming us ignorant of our demands, ASUU says

Those blaming us ignorant of our demands, ASUU says

Those blaming us ignorant of our demands, ASUU says

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Calabar zone, has said Nigerians blaming the union for the prolonged industrial action lacked knowledge about their real demands.

The zonal Coordinator and Senior lecturer in the department of Sociology & Anthropology, University of Uyo (UNIUYO), Dr. Aniekan Brown spoke during an interview in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital.

Brown stressed that the union’s struggle was selfless, contrary to insinuation in some quarters that they want to be earning as much as the political class of the country.

He appreciated many Nigerians, who however, supported and sympathized with the union for understanding that what they are doing is in the interview of the country’s future.

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“Essentially when we opted for this struggle, we had known that it wasn’t supposed to be a case of popularity contest.

“I salute the support we’ve had over the months. It was a well-thought-out decision to embark on a strike for a better future for all of us.

“But my view is that anybody who will take offense with the union, anybody who is blaming ASUU today does that out of ignorance. So I will appeal to them to take it easy and understand with us.”

Dr Brown described failure of government to meet ASUU demands, despite the prolonged strike as a case of ineptitude and social injustice, stressing that people running Government don’t know what to do to address the challenge in the education system.

Asked what happens after the four weeks extension, Federal government didn’t respond positively, he said, “Of course, we shut down indefinitely, then there is no School in Nigeria. We are saying that having come this far, it is a no going back situation.

Five months without salary is a big sacrifice, but it is not enough to stop us. So I will like to tell people that for our tomorrow, we sacrifice today.

Those blaming us ignorant of our demands, ASUU says

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