The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has rejected the N18 billion crowdfunding campaign organised by popular human rights activist and founder of Brekete Family, a reality television and radio programme.
Isah had earlier this month promised to donate N10 million to the cause and called on Nigerians to donate into a designated bank account posted on the Brekete Family social media pages and his personal Twitter handle.
Osedeke who was invited yesterday morning with his team to explain to Nigerians why the union is still on strike, rejected the campaign and opted to distance himself and the union from it.
Brekete Family had set up a special intervention bank account domiciled in TAJ Bank to raise N18 billion for the union and also publicly showed N50 million cash donated by Udom Emmanuel, the governor of Akwa Ibom State.
He said he was open to volunteering to mediate between ASUU and the federal government.
It was announced on the station’s official Instagram page @breketefamily that the campaign had been suspended.
“The Brekete ASUU intervention has been suspended. The account will be closed and the money returned to those who donated,” it said.
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 action by eight weeks, citing government’s failure to fully address its demands. The union thereafter extended the strike by another 12 weeks.
Osodeke said the extension was aimed at giving the government more time to satisfactorily resolve the issues.
There have been concerns over the lingering strike with many prominent figures calling ASUU and the government to address the impasse.