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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said its prolonged strike is aimed at restructuring the country’s educational system, and not punishing students.

ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, spoke with newsmen on Thursday while reacting to the ₦34 billion released by the Federal Government for payment of minimum wage consequential adjustment.

Prof. Osodeke noted that if the struggle is continued, the Country will have an education system where Nigerian students will have the same lecture rooms as their foreign counterparts.

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The ASUU President said there was no need to call off the strike when the Federal Government had not attended to their demands; asking the Federal Government to do the needful, as the ₦34 billion released was not part of their demands.

ASUU had on February 14, declared a one-month warning strike to protest the non-implementation of its demands by the Federal Government; but on March 14, the Union extended the industrial action by eight weeks, citing the Government’s failure to fully address its demands.

The Union thereafter extended the strike by another 12 weeks.

There have been concerns over the lingering strike with many prominent figures calling ASUU and the Government to address the issue.

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