ASUU Vows to Challenge FG Over Economic Hardship in the Country

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has pledged to advocate for both improved conditions within tertiary institutions and relief for the general populace.

ASUU’s acting Zonal Coordinator for the Bauchi Branch, Prof Nanmwa Voncir, made this commitment during a press briefing held at the union’s secretariat in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.

Voncir emphasized that ASUU’s advocacy extends beyond the realm of academic conditions, encompassing broader socio-economic issues affecting the nation. The union’s commitment to confronting the ruling class underscores its dedication to addressing systemic challenges and advocating for the welfare of all Nigerians, particularly the marginalized and vulnerable.

Since assuming office, President Bola Tinubu’s policies, particularly the termination of fuel subsidies and currency controls, have resulted in significant economic hardship for Nigerians, marked by a tripling of petrol prices and a surge in living expenses as the naira depreciated against the dollar.

In response to the growing discontent among citizens, ASUU has voiced its determination to confront the government and demand accountability.

Furthermore, ASUU reiterated its longstanding call for the Federal Government to honor the 2009 agreement, which addresses critical issues such as conditions of service, funding, and university autonomy.

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Honoring this agreement, ASUU contends that the government can avert the looming threat of strikes and prevent the collapse of the nation’s universities.

Additionally, the union raised concerns about the proliferation of court cases aimed at resolving lingering issues within tertiary institutions, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive and sustainable solutions.

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