With the Academic Staff Union of Universities currently on strike and stressing that they won’t resume until their demands are met, the federal government has made a bold statement by suggesting that ASUU members consider going into Farming as more farmers are needed in the country.
Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba who is the minister of state for Education said this and also said that a lot will have to change in various schools of learning so as to control the further spread of the virus among students as schools have a lot of population. He stressed that the COVID-19 safety guidelines must be strictly followed by all schools.
Mr. Nwajiuba said ASUU has the right to express itself and make demands but said that up till July 2020, all ASUU members have been paid their salaries.
The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in a telephone interview with The PUNCH, said the Federal Government was not sincere about negotiations with the union, adding that ASUU members will not resume work on an empty stomach.
He said that with the way the Federal Government is handling the issue, Nigerian students may as well prepare for a long strike.