Another ASUU Strike Begins Wednesday

ASUU National Chairman, Ogunyemi
ASUU National Chairman, Biodun Ogunyemi

Another strike is looming in Nigeria’s education sector as the Academic Staff Union of Universities has revealed that it would embark on a one week warning strike from Wednesday, November 16.

The union cited government’s failure to implement the 2009 agreement and 2013 MoU as its reasons for embarking on the industrial action.

ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, addressed a press conference on Monday, saying that the decision was taken by the National Executive Council of ASUU after a nation-wide consultation with members.

“Many aspects of the 2013 MoU and the 2009 Agreement with the Federal Government have either been unimplemented or despairingly handled,” he said.

Some of the agreements include: “Payments of staff entitlements since December 2015, funding of universities for revitalisation, pension, TSA and university autonomy and renegotiation of 2009 Agreement.”

Ogunyemi said that “Failure by the Federal Government to implement this agreement has put ASUU leadership in severe difficulty, responding to inquiries from members of the union about the state of our agreement.”

He also urged well-meaning and education-loving Nigerians to prevail on the federal government to address the patriotic demands of ASUU until the Nigerian university system is repositioned.

The ASUU leader maintained that during the warning strike, there shall be no teaching, examination and no attendance at statutory meetings in all branches.



    Lamenting further on Government’s apparent disinterest in education development, Ogunyemi said: “With the release of the 2016 Annual Budget, our union wondered aloud why allocation to education dropped from 11 per cent in 2015 to eight per cent in 2016.

    “With the introduction of TSA, the federal universities find it extremely difficult to discharge their core responsibilities of teaching, research and community services.

    “We tried to correct the erroneous impression in government circles that the capital and research grants to universities were being handled by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.”

    It would be recalled that the ASUU, under its former president, Nasir Faggae, had embarked on a 5-month strike which ended in December 2013, after an MoU was signed between the Union and the federal government, led by former president Goodluck Jonathan.

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