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ASUU mulls total strike over FG’s failure to honour 8-yrs-old deal

ASUU mulls total strike over FG's failure to honour 8-yrs-old deal

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to engage in another strike action over alleged failure of the Federal Government to fulfill a deal it entered with the lecturers eight years ago.

The controversial 2009 agreement has remained a contentious issue between the Federal Government and the union.

Last year August, which is a year ago, the union had threatened strike over government’s failure to implement the 2009 agreement.

The union had in January staged a one-week warning strike.

The lingering matter has warranted a meeting of ASUU National Executive Committee (NEC) this Saturday in Abuja ahead of the proposed strike action billed to commence on Sunday.

The NEC meeting is coming after all chapters of the union nationwide a day earlier held a congress as directed by its national body to decide whether or not to go ahead with the strike.

In a directive by ASUU National President Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, as mandated by the NEC meeting held at the Nasarawa State University (NSU), the state chapters were asked to take a decision on whether the strike would be total and indefinite strike or a one month strike, one week notice, or no strike at all.

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On its resolution on the matter, chairman of the Lagos State University (LASU) chapter of ASUU, Isaac Akinloye Oyewunmi, said they favoured a “total and indefinite strike”.

According to the coordinator of ASUU (Lagos Zone) Professor Olusoji Sowande, the union has no option left than to embark on the action as efforts to have government meet up with the deal were an exercise in futility.

Among the contentious issues between ASUU and the Federal Government include alleged breach of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the 2009 FG/ASUU Agreement on financing of state universities; breach of the conditions of service; refusal to honour the Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) and re -negotiation of the agreement.

ASUU officials also claimed that the Federal Government is owing universities over N880 billion in intervention funds.

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