Kaduna—Former senator representing Kaduna central Senatorial district, senator Shehu Sani has urged state-owned universities in the country to not break away from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) following the union’s six-month-old strike.
Some of the public institutions across the country under ASUU particularly state-owned universities are reportedly considering leaving the union following its perennial strike over the federal government’s inability to meet its demands.
Sani in a Facebook post on Tuesday said Universities contemplating breaking away from the Academic Staff union will not fair better under state governments hence should stay and support ASUU and its cause.
He cautioned academics in state universities to be wary of state governors who have the tendency to turn on them, urging that the union should stay united to achieve its common goal.
In his words: “If a state university decides to break away from the ASUU strike, Someday they will be persecuted by their state Governors and there will be no ASUU to champion their cause.
“Academics in state universities should be careful not to betray their Unions and fall into the hands of Governors who can turn against them anytime. The union should remain united and negotiate and achieve a common goal.”
Shehu Sani who was a leading figure in the struggle for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria in the 1900s is a known unionist, human rights activist, and an avowed exponent of revolutionary tenants.