Workers under the aegis of All Workers Convergence (AWC) have said that the Federal Government is taking Nigerians for granted in the way it is handling the negotiations with university lecturers.
The group made this disclosure on Wednesday.
Recall that the lecturers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced an indefinite strike in February this year and a series of discussions have taken place between them and the government.
The group said that the government was taking Nigerians for granted.
National Coordinator of AWC, Comrade Andrew Emelieze, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, alleged that the government was not showing any sign of commitment toward resolving the crisis.
Emelieze, in a statement, insisted that the government, instead of finding ways to fulfil the promises, was trying to bulldoze its way through different forms of intimidation.
He said, “No sane society will tolerate what we are accepting in Nigeria. While Nigerians patiently wait for the resolution of the lingering ASUU strike, we are surprised that our government is not showing any sign of commitment toward the resolution of the crisis; instead, the government is trying to bulldoze her way through different forms of intimidation, thus acting like a bully.
“Our government has been embarrassing herself through the unnecessary blackmail of ASUU and the unpopular court assertion that is being used to wanting to bully ASUU.
“What government does not know is that no responsible government will allow its ivory towers to be shut down for almost eight months. Our government is taking Nigerians for granted, and they are taking liberty for licence; the closure of our universities for this long is enough to steer a revolution.
“The way government has handled the ASUU strike has fully shown that government in Nigeria is a total failure and that nothing good can come from this government.
Sometimes one is also compelled to believe that government is deliberately prolonging the strike in order to kill public education in Nigeria.
“We have acted as if this struggle was for university lectures alone. ASUU has fough a good fight so far, it is time we all fully get involved in the struggle to rescue our education system. The response from government has shown that our government is not ready to resolve the ASUU strike and meet up with the geunine and legitimate demands of ASUU”.