The National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has sympathized with university students over the prolonged strike by the union.
Professor Osodeke made this known in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Ota, while reacting to the N34 billion released by the Federal Government for payment of minimum wage consequential adjustment.
According to reports, ASUU has been on strike since February 14 over improved welfare package, better working conditions and the implementation of various labour agreements signed with the Federal government between 2009 and 2020.
The ASUU president explained that the students were not being punished but paying the price to ensure that Nigeria had a good education system.
“ASUU sympathizes with them, and we believe that with what is going on, if we continue with the struggle, we will have an education system where Nigerian students will have the same lecture rooms with their foreign counterparts,” Osodeke said.
The ASUU president who emphasized that there was no need to call off the strike when government had not attended to their demands therefore, called on the federal government to do the needful as the N34 billion released was not part of their demands.
It would be that the federal government had on Tuesday released the sum of N34 billion for the payment of consequential adjustment for minimum wage of workers in the education system.
NAN /Adebukola Aluko