Activist Set For Hunger-Strike OverASUU Strike



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Activist Set For Hunger-Strike OverASUU Strike
Posted on: October 16, 2013, 06:05:49 PM

A frontline Nigerian rights activist,
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, is set
to go on a hunger strike as his
contribution towards ending industrial
action by the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU), which has crippled the country’s public universities since
July 1.
ASUU is seeking to force the federal
government to fulfill an agreement
reached in 2009 under which
government is supposed to have committed at half a trillion naira to the
country’s university sector. ASUU has
rejected the N130 billion offered by
the Goodluck Jonathan administration,
insisting on full implementation of the
agreement. Writing on his Facebook wall,
Onwubiko, National Coordinator of the
Abuja-based Human Rights Writers’
Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), said:
“Watch out: I will announce the date
for commencement of a two-day hunger strike in support of ending
ASUU strike, reopening public
universities and adequately funding
them and for lecturers engaging in
sex-for-marks to be identified and
prosecuted by ICPC/and/or EFCC. When the date is disclosed, I will solicit
your support and prayers.”
Contacted this morning, Onwubiko,
who is also a Columnist with News
Express, said that there is no going
back on the hunger strike. He disclosed that it would hold “next
week Tuesday/Wednesday,” adding:
“I will issue a press release today.”

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