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ASUU Gives Update on Planned Strike, Accuses Govt of Breach of Contract.


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have announced that its National Executives Council will be having a meeting at the University of Lagos on February 12 and 13.

The Union revealed this on Monday in a meeting, stating that if the Federal Government by then fail to do anything concerning their demands, lecturers would embark on a strike.

ASUU is demanding that the Federal Government implements the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union last year.

The Chairman of the Kwara State University branch, Malete, Dr Salau Sheu, stated that the failure of the Federal government to implement the agreement was becoming worrisome and he further claimed that the government is trying to avoid its responsibility by assigning two ministers to oversee the implementation of the MoA.

Sheu said, “It is wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to assign two ministers to oversee the implementation of the Memorandum of Action signed last year with ASUU. First, the assigned ministers are not part of the agreement. Only the ministers of Finance and Education were part of the agreement”.

“ASUU is having its National Executive Council meeting at the University of Lagos on February 12 and 13 and if nothing is done by the government between now and then, the lecturers may go on strike” he added.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities have also  urged its chapters across the country to ensure that members of the public are sensitized on the situation between the union and the Federal Government. This resulted to the Lecture Free Day that was declared yesterday as a way of enhancing the sensitisation.

However, Prof Moyosore Ajao, the Chairman of the University of Ilorin branch of ASUU,  said the branch would also observe the work-free day today (Tuesday.)

Members of the University of Abuja chapter of the union have set up a meeting to be held on Wednesday over the proposed industrial action. The Chairman of the union, Dr Kasim Umaru, revealed this in an interview on Monday. He explained that the meeting was to ensure that resolutions are made concerning the issue. “”We are meeting this week, precisely on Wednesday, and we are going to make our own resolutions. The government has failed to honour our demands times without numbers. The plan is to hold our congress on Wednesday, make our own decision and transmit it to the national body,” he stated.

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Meanwhile, a member of the ASUU National Executive Council also spoke to pressmen on condition of the anonymity, stating that the union would have no choice but to embark on another strike. “At this point, we have no choice but to go on strike; that is the only language the government understands. We have been going back and forth, but it seems as if they are not ready to listen and do what is right,” the NEC member said.

It can be recall that ASUU shut down academic activities in public universities in March 2020, until December when the Memorandum of Action (MoA) was signed with the Federal Government but as it stand there is a risk of another strike since the agreement signed last year is yet to be implemented.

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