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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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  • Abeni Adebisi

    Lagos State University will always favour anything total and indefinite strike, the school’s union likes to strike a lot, and that’s why they are always having their students spend 5-6 years for a 4-year course.

    • Anita Kingsley

      That’s the only language the government understands when it comes to education. Without strike actions, the federal government wil never take ASUU seriously, everyone in Nigeria is in support of ASUU, so they should carry on with the strike

    • yanju omotodun

      Bro Lasu better, go to KSU, kogi state university and see how strike ages the lifespan of students over there

      • seyi jelili

        That KSU is not a school my brother, it’s just a mere entity

  • Animashaun Ayodeji

    It’s almost a decade since the federal government reached agreement with ASUU but, there’s still nothing to show for it, I will not support the strike because of the students, but they should find other means of handling this issue with the federal government

    • seyi jelili

      Asuu should be scrapped in all institutions, they are just bunch of nuisance to the university system

      • Balarabe musa

        I agree with you, they should scrap it but they will claim they are being denied their right of association

  • JOHNSON PETER

    It’s high time we told ourselves truth, Nigerian universities are nothing to write home about, the government are not helping matters at all, let’s see how Biafra universities will thrive when we part Nigeria