ASUU begins one week warning strike nationwide

Temitope Mustapha,Abuja

Members of the Academic Staff Union Of Universities in Nigeria have commenced the one week total and comprehensive strike across the nation.

Speaking to Journalists in Lagos state, south west Nigeria, the Chairman of ASUU University of Lagos Chapter, Dr Adelaja Odukoya said the one week warning Industrial Action is to get the government back on renegotiation table over what the Union called mishandling and improper implementation of the 2009 Agreement the government had with the Union.

Comrade Adelaja said now is the time for the government to take the warning strike seriously and use the opportunity to avert full blown strike by the ASUU.

He added that a renegotiation of the agreement by the parties would have afforded both the government of Nigeria and ASUU to bring up unresolved issues in the areas of conditions of service, funding, university autonomy and academic freedom.

Earlier, ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi stated that the government is in arrears of the sum of 660billion naira, as at last quarter of 2016 and in respect of needs assessment fund for revitalisations of public universities.

Comrade Ogunyemi explained that the 2013 FGN-ASUU MOU stipulates that to radically address the rot and decay in Nigeria’s public universities, the federal government would inject N200 billion in 2013 and N220b subsequently for 2014 and 2018.

Staff entitlements, issues of funding of universities for revitalisation, issues of Nigeria Universities Pension Management Company, University autonomy, Budgetary allocation to education and Renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement are key issues in dispute of the 2013 MoU and the 2009 Agreements with the government.