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ASUU Embarks On Indefinite Nationwide Strike

Valentine Chinyem



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced it is embarking on an a nationwide strike following governments inability to meet their demands.

ASUU while accusing the government of not implementing the Memorandum of Action signed with it, noted that the strike would be total, as it expects all federal and state varsities to join.

The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, briefed journalists after the National Executive Council meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State on Sunday night.

He said they resolved on embarking on an industrial action after all plea made to the Federal Government to honour the agreement with the union fell on deaf ears.

He said “Having waited patiently for action and meaningful negotiation with reasonable men using the principle of collective bargaining that ASUU at its NEC meeting of 3rd and 4th November 2018 at the FUTA, resolved to resume the nationwide strike action it suspended in September 2017 with immediate effect.

“This strike will be total comprehensive and indefinite. Our members shall withdraw their services until government fully implement all outstanding issues as contained in the MOA of 2017, and concludes the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements.

“We have today ( Sunday) been subjected to 20 years of continued re-colonization under alleged democracy in which all that the ruling circle have been regrouping among themselves in their various faction they called political parties.”

Prof. Ogunyemi also added that the government was not interested in public universities, as the children of elites patronise private universities at the detriment of public institutions.