ASUU Union refuses to accept hike in petroleum products prices

The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian
Universities (ASUU) has said it will not accept
any increase in the prices of petroleum products.
This was made known by the ASUU National
President, Dr Nasir Isa, on Monday, April 11.
During a media briefing, Isa said that such
increment would worsen the hardship Nigerians
were currently experiencing. He advised that the
Federal Government should step up efforts at
implementing its pronounced policies.
“ The current fuel crisis has adverse consequences
on the socio-economic life of the nation; it has
increased the cost of food, transportation, electric
power as well as the general cost of living.
“It has widened the distance between the
government and the people and created distrust
between the people and the government.
“The government should implement its proclaimed
policy on the oil and gas sector; on no account
should this result in any increase in the price of
petroleum products because Nigerians have
suffered enough.
“If any increment of the prices of petroleum
products is forced upon the people, our union will
join Nigerian workers to resist until the increase is
reversed. ’’
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Isa also added that the government is not fast
enough when it comes to implementing its
policies in the oil and gas sector He listed some
of the government’s promises as getting the
refineries working, ending crude oil and refined
products swap and re-introducing direct sale and
direct purchase in the oil sector.
Isa also recalled the Federal Government’s
promise to make specific and unambiguous
pronouncement on petroleum subsidy.
He said that there was no provision in the 2016
budget to back up the policy statement about
scholarship for students » pursuing science
education.
He also added that the Treasury Single Account
(TSA) was a violation of university autonomy »
and as such not acceptable to the university
system
Isa said that there were lots of incursions,
including circulars which breached university
autonomy and academic freedom.
He called for the creation of a genuine labour
party that would serve as a platform for workers
as most workers did not have the money to
contest in the existing political parties.

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