Why We Embarked On Strike – ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities said on Tuesday that it embarked on indefinite strike from last Sunday because the Federal Government has failed to implement all agreement it signed with it.
The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said that the union and Federal Government signed agreement in 2009 on various issues, including the revitalisation of public universities, the registration of the Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company, payment of academic allowances and salaries and issues bordering on the universities staff schools.
He said that the salaries of lecturers were being slashed arbitrarily and in 2016, the union called the attention of the government with a week warning strike but all efforts to make the government address the plights of the lecturers were frustrated.
The ASUU president said that the lecturers had been pushed to the wall and that the only option they had left was to embark on indefinite strike.
He said, “The nationwide action is total and comprehensive. During the strike, there shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of our branches.’’
Meanwhile, all chapters of ASUU had complied as academic activities had been put on hold at most universities across the country.
Investigation revealed that the lecturers at the University of Lagos, UNILAG and Lagos State University, LASU had refused to resume for work.
The University of Ibadan had also suspended the examination of its post graduate students.
However, lecturers at Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU are working as they are presently conducting examinations for students.