The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to allow its members work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the 2019 general election.
The ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known while briefing journalists after a meeting with INEC.
The Chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan (UI), Dr. Deji Omole, spoke on Thursday in an interview with newsmen in Ibadan.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday declared that it would not be distracted by the 2019 elections in its struggle to revive public universities.
It was assemble that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Prof. Yakub Mahmood, had said that the planned ASUU strike might affect the 2019 upcoming general election.
Dr. Deji Omole said that the union was ready to follow the strike to a valid conclusion irrespective of whether there would be election or not.
Following the reports, he further said that INEC could recruit ad-hoc staff from eligible Nigerians “whose populations are in their millions, therefore INEC can look elsewhere for ad-hoc staff to conduct the election.
Dr. Deji Omole said that once the union saw the responsibility of government, the leadership would bring it back to them at chapters, where it would be taken to their congresses and redirect to national for necessary action.
The UI ASUU chairman urged Nigerians to continue to put pressure on government to do the needful by investing more in funding education. He said that private education was not an alternative to public schools and called on all Nigerians to support the strike to salvage the university system in Nigeria and the demand of the union that the MoU of 2017 be implemented was sacrosanct.