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Salako Berates FG, ASUU Over Lingering Strike

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Azeem Oladimeji Salako

Renowed political pundit, Azeem Oladimeji Salako has berated the Federal Government and the Academic staff union of the universities, ASUU, on their stultifying role in the lingering ASUU strike that has since March 2020 shutdown academic activities in universities across the country.

He said this on Sunday while speaking as guest analyst on Arise TV.

He said that it was very unfortunate that the inherent zest that was needed to perform the tripod function of teaching, researching and community service expected from the parlance of academics has eroded, impressing that he finds it rather unbelievable that academics could comfortably cope without making intellectual impacts for ten months.

Salako also blamed the Federal Government for trivialising the issues raised by the lecturers, which according to him reinforced the disagreement into an avoidable full-blown crisis.

When asked if there is any hope in sight for the reopening of the university particularly when ASUU pronounced that the union would not go back on its demand, the University of Ibadan trained political scientist said it was impossible for warring parties who had consented on negotiation to inexorably insist that all their hitherto demands must be fulfilled.

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He lamented that the crisis had degenerated into an egoistic clash, noting that the two warring parties are now concerned and influenced by the reactions that will most likely accompany the final agreement they will predictably reach.

Salako said, at the end of the strugle which would not in any way birth an unprecedented and significant development, the academic workers would receive the full salaries of the entire periods they never worked for while the Federal Government would equally continue with it’s usual routine of an impetuous governance system.

In his submission, Salako said that the government cannot continue to fund the university system in a ridiculous manner and also have the expectation of good productivity.

He, therefore, recommended that ASUU should consider the option of privatising university education so that workers can be paid from within.

Salako added that this would also address the contentious IPPIS issue which ordinarily should be a simple labour relations.

“That the employee and not his employer determines and compels what, where and how he is paid is a strange argument. What is logical is a synergy in form of ideas, opinion, and contributions etc. that can perfect the imperfection noticed in the IPPIS application and not to completely discard the innovation based on a fixed perception of government,” he concluded.

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