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ASUU plans action against privatisation

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ASUU plans action against privatisation

By Collins Olayinka, Abuja


AS the furore over the sale of some government owned enterprises continues to raise questions, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has planned to spearhead an anti-privatisation movement across the country.

The national president of the body, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, who revealed this yesterday in Abuja while briefing the media, said the need for Nigerians to rise up against the sale of national assets and emoluments informed the planned formation of the movement.

The ASUU chief contended that none of the sold assets have fared better under their new owners who he accused of asset tripping, insincerity of purpose and massive profiteering from the collective miseries of the Nigerian people who are denied quality service.

He said: “ASUU will spearhead it with the Nigerian people. We had gone to court to challenge privatisation exercise because it is nothing but a rip-off. We are not afraid because we are going to educate the Nigerian people on their rights. Which of these give-away assets have done well since they were sold cheaply? What the buyers are doing is to strip the basic components of these assets and they are worse for it. But even at prices that make privatised infrastructure (such as telephones, water supply, power supply, etc) unaffordable to ordinary people, the privatised organisations provide shoddy and unreliable service.

“The claim of the private sector leading the Nigerian economy is a myth, an illusion and a fraud. It explains the sudden, unexplained and unexplainable wealth of a tiny majority of unknown characters who have become multibillionaires overnight buying government roads, estates, insurance companies and industries. “We are therefore calling on the Nigeria labour movement, all trade unions, all Nigerian patriots, all working people, all students, all patriotic professional associations and all the allies of Nigeria’s oppressed to build an anti-privatisation platform now and stop privatisation now!”

To forestall industrial crisis next year (2012), ASUU has called on government to hastily constitute its members of ASUU/GOVT negotiation team, as the 2009 agreement will be due for re-negotiation.

Reacting to the re-appearance of an agreement and anticipating Nigerians reaction to it, the ASUU President was quick to explain that the agreement was not about negotiating the increment of lecturers’ pay but about infrastructural revival at ivory towers across the country.

ASUU has also added its voice to the cacophony of voices trailing the removal of the President of the Court of Appeal and the subsequent naming of an Acting President of Court of Appeal by President Goodluck Jonathan.

ASUU chided the President for laying a dangerous precedent by interfering in matter that is pending in a competent court of law.

It posited that the recent pronouncements by the National Judicial Council (NJC) are a demonstration of urgent need for a mass purge in the judicial arm of government to restore its credibility. - Nigerian news, headline news, naija, Nigeria, West Africa

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