Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, has sympathized with university students over the prolonged strike by the union.
On Thursday, Osodeke made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Otta.
He was reacting to the N34 billion released by the Federal Government for payment of minimum wage consequential adjustment.
Recall that on February 14 ASUU has been on strike over-improved welfare packages, better working conditions, and the implementation of various labor agreements signed with the federal government between 2009 and 2020.
He said the students were suffering for Nigeria’s future and education system.
The ASUU president said the students were not being punished but paying the price to ensure that Nigeria had a good education system.
Osodeke said, “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 as their foreign counterparts.”
The ASUU president said there was no need to call off the strike when the federal government had not attended to their demands.
He, therefore, called on the federal government to do the needful as the N34 billion released was not part of their demands.
On Tuesday, the federal government released N34 billion for the payment of released N34 billion for the payment of consequential adjustment for the minimum wage of workers in the education system.