A group known as the Alpha Liberation Organisation has threatened a repeat of the 2012 nationwide subsidy protest if the Federal Government and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, failed to negotiate and call off the lingering strike at the end of a 14-day ultimatum it issued.
Abuoma Chuka, the National President of the group, told newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra State, that the ultimatum takes effect on Tuesday.
He said that his organisation was already negotiating with coalitions of civil society groups nationwide and students’ bodies to stage a nationwide protest after the expiration of the ultimatum.
Chuka noted that the strike, which made thousands of students to roam the streets, would enter its 100th day at the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum.
“If the Federal Government fails to do everything to call off the strike, we will stage a protest. In fact, exactly what happened during the fuel subsidy days will happen again; and no force can take us back. We are into negotiations with all civil society groups; we will also mobilise the youth; we will jump into the streets,” he said.
Chuka, who lauded the listening posture of the Federal Government, however, blamed it for entering into an agreement which it could not honour.
He noted that since the onset of the strike, there had been more than 11 negotiations between the Federal Government and the union.
“It is a very good development and the government has been able to offer N130 billion to appease ASUU. So, we appreciate that; But then, the Federal Government entered into a MoU with ASUU, which it has not kept up till now. The government is not faithful to the agreement,” he said.
The group leader recalled that the 2009 agreement stated that all federal universities would require N1.5 trillion between 2009 and 2011 to address the decay in university education.
He also noted that in the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between ASUU and the government in 2012, the Federal Government decided to extend the arrangement to include both federal and state universities.
Chuka called on the government to make concerted efforts to resolve the lingering crisis and by so doing stem academic brain drain and students’ migration to foreign universities.