Another Strike Looms As Asuu Threatens
At a news conference held in Lagos yesterday, 30th August, 2016, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) through its Lagos Zone Coordinator, Prof. Olusoji Sowande, threatened to embark on a nationwide strike in regards to its demands for the implementation of its 2009 agreement with the Federal Government.
Prof. Sowande said the 2009 Federal Government and ASUU agreement, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on funding of state universities, breaches of the conditions of service and re-negotiation of the agreement, exclusion of Nigerian universities from Pension Management Company and non-release of NEEDS Assessment Intervention Fund were still being ignored by the government.
“The review of the agreement should have been undertaken in 2012 and 2015 but that did not happen. The implication is that our union has shown enough patriotism and understanding on these matters in the last four years. We are perplexed and disappointed that both the Federal and State Governments are not responding to our consistent appeals to bring about genuine transformation in the education sector", he said.
He further said that they would rather not embark on a strike because it is the Students and ASUU members that end up suffering.“It is unfortunate that the only language government appears to respect and listens to is that of industrial action like strike”.
Giving the foregoing in the face of the dwindling economy, the government has much on its hands to worry about ordinarily and will not try as much to carve out time to listen to ASUU and act accordingly until something adverse is done. Like Prof. rightly said, the students are the worst at the receiving end.
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