ASUU President, Osodeke Reacts Over Fuel Subsidy Removal

LATEST: ASUU Chairman Gives Update On Strike, Slams FG

by Victor Ndubuisi

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has accused the federal government of not genuinely addressing the union’s requests.

Speaking on Wednesday, Osodeke said that the union members’ strike might be over in a day or two if the Nigerian government takes the necessary action.

He claimed that the strike has persisted because the administration is just uninterested in granting ASUU’s demands.


Speaking on the government’s decision to send the lecturers on strike to court through the Labour Minister Chris Ngige, Osodeke criticized the government and said its action was improper and done in poor faith.


“All Nigerians can see that the government is not interested in resolving the issues. Like I have said, these issues can be resolved in just one or two days.

“But they are playing with everything. Why will a minister of labour be going to court when the pro-chancellors are having interaction with the president who promised to get back.

“If you force lecturers to class, how are you sure you will have the best of teaching and research? This can be resolved in one day if the federal government is interested,” the ASUU president maintained during an interview with Arise TV.

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ASUU has been on strike since February 14 due to ongoing disagreements with Nigeria’s federal government.

Vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors, and governing councils were instructed by a circular issued by the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to reopen federal universities.

According to, the Buhari Administration issued the new decree on Monday afternoon via the National Universities Commission.


Remember that the Vice Chancellors were earlier instructed by the NUC to quickly reopen all public universities and for students to resume their studies.

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The Commission issued the directive in a letter that Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the commission’s executive secretary, had endorsed.


However, the commission revoked the order in a subsequent circular with the number NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136, which was also signed by Sam Onazi, the NUC’s Director of Finance and Account.


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