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    FG’s Promise of Immediate Response to Our Demands Unfulfilled — ASUU

    ASUU, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, claims that nearly a month after proposing the committee formed to deal with it, the Federal Government has not complied with its promise of a prompt response.

    The union has also urged well-meaning citizens to criticize the government for the way it is managing the operation of universities and education in the nation as a whole.

    This was said by Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the national president of ASUU, in a conversation with the Vanguard on Tuesday.

    This comes right after Prof. Nimi Briggs, the chair of the committee the FG established to renegotiate the 2009 deal with ASUU, stated that he would not be aware of the reason for the delay in the government announcing its position on the report that was given to it.

    "The Briggs Committee promised to report back to the government and get back to the union right away when we met with them about a month ago and gave them our submission. We haven't heard anything from their side up until this point. It demonstrates how lightly they approach the subject.

    "They stopped paying us in March, yet we didn't pass away as a result. We simply want Nigerians to perceive this as a conflict that involves us all. believe education should be a right for every individual and that our educational system needs to be fully supported with upgraded facilities.

    When the right thing is done, we will all benefit and our society will be better for it, he said. The ball is in their court.

    When asked what is delaying the government's reaction to ASUU's demands and its position on his committee's findings, Briggs responded, "I don't know."

    He said that the committee had completed its work and turned in its report to the proper parties.

    "Whether or not we act on the report is beyond our purview. Additionally, we cannot compel anyone to do any action. Our homework is finished. Mr. Ben Goong, Director of Public Affairs for the Federal Ministry of Education, responded that he was not permitted to remark on any matter about ASUU when asked what the FG was doing about the report.

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