ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke has responded to comments made by Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labor and Employment, on the union’s ongoing strike.
Recall that on August 5, in an interview with Channels TV, Keyamo urged parents to persuade university professors to call off their strike, while also reiterating that the federal government would not be bullied by ASUU to borrow N1.2 trillion in order to satisfy their demands.
During an interview with Channels Television on August 8th, Osodeke expressed his disappointment at the Minister’s remark.
The ASUU President, who queried if Keyamo would allow his children to attend a Nigerian school, further noted that the Minister was on the street before joining partisan politics.
Osodeke said; “For us as a union, we are not talking about ASUU. We are talking about Nigerian university system that has virtually collapsed in such a way that you don’t see students from all over of the world coming to Nigerian universities as students. “You don’t see lecturers from all over the world coming to Nigeria to teach, while Nigerian lecturers and students are all moving in droves out of the country. That is why we are on strike. It is not about our welfare; it is about this system. “Are we proud of this system? Will Keyamo, who had spoken, allow his children to school in Nigerian universities? That is the comical thing I saw when he was speaking and for me, why I felt so disappointed is this is someone, before he joined this partisan politics, he was one of those on the streets.”