The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has described state-owned universities in the country as irrelevant.
Osodeke gave this description on Arise Television while reacting to the resolve of some state universities to call off the ongoing strike and commence academic activities on Friday.
The President said state universities including Kaduna and Yobe States Universities are not part of the strike and as such should not be spoken about.
He, however, said that the discussion should be about the federal universities such as the University of Nigeria, Nsukka,(UNN); University of Ibadan(UI); University of Maiduguri, and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, among others, which he referred to as the real universities in the country.
"Yobe State, go and check, just like Kaduna state university, what’s happening there? Please don’t set those examples, they’re irrelevant.
“Talk about the issue, is Ibadan on strike? Is UNN on strike? Is ABU on strike? Is BUK on strike? Is Maiduguri and Lagos on strike?
“Talk about important universities, not those quacks. They’re not part of our strike. Set the ones that are members of our strike,” he said.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to reiterate its demands to the federal government.
Many state universities in the country have, in solidarity, joined the striking lecturers of the nation's federal universities.
However, some of these universities have pulled out of the industrial action.