The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it is not in any way disturbed that the Federal Government has registered the Congress of University Academics (CONUA), as a Trade Union in the Nigerian university system.
The Lagos Zone Coordinator of ASUU, Dr Adelaja Odukoya, said this on Tuesday when Nigerian Tribune asked for ASUU’s reaction to the CONUA’s registration, four years after application for same.
He said he would not want to say much on the matter because it is irrelevant but would simply describe the Federal Government action as “shooting gun at nothing.”
He asked rhetorically if ASUU course asking the Federal Government to make the Nigerian public university system work as applicable to other countries is not in the best interest of Nigeria as a whole.
Similarly, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) lambasts the Federal Government for registering CONUA, saying the action is just to create more confusion and crisis in the Nigerian public university system.
the country is continued to cause collision among the people for their selfish interest,” NANS said.
The students said if the system were to be a bit okay, particularly with infrastructural facilities in the academic arena, hostels and laboratories, among others, ASUU would not have genuine course to embark on strike let alone dragged for this long.
“So, anybody who is in support of Federal Government registering CONUA, particularly at this time when is yet to resolved issues with ASUU whose members are in the majority is not being sincere about Nigeria moving forward.
“And it is unfortunate that we keep running Nigeria in this manner,” NANS said