Niger Varsity Lecturers Join ASUU Strike

Niger Delta University (NDU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has joined the ongoing nationwide industrial action declared on Sunday by the national secretariat of the union.

Dr. Stanley Ogoun, the chairman of ASUU at the Bayelsa State-owned university, disclosed this in a chat with DAILY INDEPENDENT on Wednesday.

He said the decision to participate in the lecturers’ strike was taken during a congress held on Tuesday by the ASUU at the NDU Campus, Wilberforce Island.

Ogoun said that over 180 lecturers of the university attended the meeting.

According to him, the NDU chapter of ASUU was in total support of the strike called by the national body following the inability of the Federal Government to respond to its demands.

He described the struggle as very necessary, adding that government by its policies was gradually taking university education away from the reach of the poor.

The NDU ASUU chairman insisted that the union would not allow the commercialisation of tertiary education in the country.

Ogoun said, “We are in full support of the nationwide strike. It is a fight that we must fight until the government sees a reason to meet our demands.

“Government wants to take university education away from indigent people in the country. Many state governments are setting up more universities without funding existing ones. It is unfortunate.”



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