By G9ija

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said it will take legal action against the federal government (FG) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) if they fail to agree a deal and re-open universities in the country.

ASUU called a national strike over a month ago to press demand for implementation of its agreements with the FG, with the FG and ASUU yet to reach a deal to end the strike after several meetings held.

“We have been contacted by many students caught up in the action. We’re taking legal action against @AsoRock and ASUU if you fail to agree a deal and re-open our universities by next Tuesday”.

“No child should be humiliated and deprived of an education and human dignity because of the failure of @AsoRock and @ASUUNGR to agree a deal to end strike action. Every child has a right to exploit his/her talents including through university education,” SERAP said.

Meanwhile, President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, had told striking lecturers to brace for a longer strike. He also told ASUU members “to be on the watch and prepare for a long-drawn-out struggle to salvage the university system”.

“Government is yet to change its ‘keep them talking’ style and stance as all the meetings held so far with the Minister of Education are yet to resolve any of the demands of ASUU,” Ogunyemi said.

Speaking after their zonal meeting at the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole, said the Ibadan zone of the union had been fully mobilized to win the battle with the government to improve the welfare of lecturers as well as funding universities adequately.

Omole accused the FG of mobilizing funds for the 2019 general elections without any plans to save the education sector from collapse.

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