The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has revealed that the main reason the Union decided to suspend their eight-month strike, is because a court ordered them to do so.
ASUU started the industrial action on February 14 to press home the demand for better funding for universities, a review of salaries for lecturers, and other issues.
The court of appeal sitting in Abuja ordered the union to call off its strike on October 7.
Recently, the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU announced that the industrial action has been suspended.
While speaking when he featured on Channels TV’s ‘Sunday Politics’, Osodeke made it known that the union hopes that the government will do the needful now the strike has been suspended.
He added that though there were interventions by Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, “the major reason we are resuming is because we are obeying the court order”.
He said: “The issues have not been fully resolved and no agreement has been signed. So, we are resuming because we are a law-abiding body and we don’t want to break the law. We are also hoping that the intervention of the speaker, as promised by him, will resolve these problems in a very short time.”
When asked if this translates to the fact that lecturers are not happy to be resuming, he said: “Definitely.
“In trade disputes, especially one involving university academics, the best option is negotiation and then you end it within a very short time.
“But the minister of labour believes that the best way is to force them to class. It’s so sad, but because of the interest of the Nigerian students, their parents, and the speaker, our members will teach.
“Any country that plays with education creates room for insecurity.
“We want the next administration to follow the trend of neighbouring countries and allocate not less than 16 percent of the budget to education. When this is done, these problems will be sorted out. Our children will go to school effortlessly.”