According to the union, the pitiable condition of universities across the country is a mockery of global standards of university education.
Speaking through Dr Deji Omole, Chairman of UI branch, in Ibadan yesterday, the academic union said it had never opposed negotiation.
Omole said the union will continue to fight to force the Federal Government to wake up to her responsibilities of investing in education.
He stressed that ASUU was not making new demands but the implementation of the 2009 agreement and 2013 Memorandum of Understanding.
“When you reach an agreement you must implement it. They just finished Ileya festival and why are we celebrating? It was because someone promised to sacrifice his son to God. When he decided to fulfill it, God replaced that with ram and that is why we are celebrating. Jesus Christ also promised to come and die for the sin of the world and he came and fulfilled that promise and that is why you still have people who believe in his second coming. Why will governments not fulfill their promises contained in signed agreements? That is what brings crisis. Government should see education as investment. The products will come out to change the society.
“University is to develop ideas to change society. What we are doing in the universities is a mockery of university education. Government should pump in money so that we can solve Nigeria’s problems here in Nigeria.
”If our universities are properly funded, we can conduct cutting edge researches that can take us out of recession. What we are simply saying is that the Federal Government should use public funds to fund public education,” he said.
He reiterated that the minister should check his records and see if there are new demands in his file. University lecturers and students are not the ones who created recession. The ruling class through their activities plunged Nigeria into recession crisis. Government should stop establishing new universities if they cannot fund existing ones. Universities are not constituencies.