President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Professor Biodun Ogunyemi has charged striking lecturers in public universities to brace up for a long strike.
Professor Ogunyemi enjoined ASUU members “to be on the watch and prepare for a long drawn out struggle to salvage the University System”.
ASUU had embarked on nationwide strike over unfulfilled past agreements by government and underfunding of education.
Ogunyemi stated this in the 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 the ongoing struggle”
The ASUU President said, “Government is yet to change its “keep them talking” style and stance as all the meetings held so far with the Minister of Education are yet to resolve any of the demands of ASUU”.
While speaking after their Zonal Meeting held at Ladoke Akintola University, ASUU chairman University of Ibadan Dr 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 and resources for re-election in 2019.
He however appealed to parents not to mortgage the future of their children by following politicians instead of fighting for proper and adequate funding of public education.