ASUU warns of imminent, indefinite strike

FROM LEFT: Resource Person, Mr Ahmad Yakasai; Member, Board of Trustees, Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu), Mr Sule Kaino, and ASUU President, Mr Nasiru Isah, during a News Conference on Planned ASUU strike in Abuja
FROM LEFT: Resource Person, Mr Ahmad Yakasai; Member, Board of Trustees, Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu), Mr Sule Kaino, and ASUU President, Mr Nasiru Isah, during a News Conference on Planned ASUU strike in Abuja

As a week nationwide warning strike by university lecturers ends on Tuesday, the teachers are threatening to go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not met.

A meeting with the Senate on Monday failed to resolve the issues.

Ifeanyi Abada, the Chairman of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Chapter of the Academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU), made this known on Tuesday in Nsukka, Enugu State.

“ASUU was left with no option than to proceed on the one-week warning strike; failure to meet our demands, we will go on an indefinite strike,” Mr. Abada told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said that the chapter complied fully with the warning strike directive.

“The National Executive Committee (NEC) made efforts to resolve this issue with the government but government remained unyielding.

“The strike compliance in UNN is total, no lectures, no examinations, no departmental and faculty meetings, as members will not participate.

“UNN chapter will not renege on the directive of the national body until government addresses all the issues raised.

“Our monitoring team is moving round; any lecturer found teaching will be sanctioned accordingly,’’ he said.

According to Mr. Abada, among the demands of ASUU is that universities be exempted from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy.

He noted that ASUU was also demanding the Federal Government’s implementation of an agreement it entered into with ASUU in 2009.

Amarachi Okafor, a student of the UNN’s Department of Psychology, urged the government to meet ASUU’s demands to avoid an indefinite strike.

“I urge ASUU to consider the plight of students, who will be spending extra years as well as their parents who have been sponsoring them,” she added.

Another student, Emma Ochi of the Department of Mass Communication, pleaded with ASUU to consider the interest of students and avoid an indefinite strike.

“I want Federal Government and ASUU to resolve their misunderstanding amicably in the interest of students and tertiary education in this country,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, academic activities are still paralysed in the university as a result of the warning strike.

(NAN)


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  • Jika

    Is ASUU suddenly realizing that an agreement signed in 2009 has not been implemented?Was ASUU in hibernation for 7 years(2009-2016)? What makes Universities so special as to be exempted from TSA?

    • The Optimist

      Thank you!

  • The Optimist

    Does ASUU have any bit of love for students? Strikes, strikes, strikes, not minding disruption of preparations students have made for exams. By the way, how many yearshave gone by between now and 2009? All along nothing to take home. ASUU should just forget that agreement: It’s history! I think this present strike is more of a politically motivated MISCHIEF against the present federal government. Let’s even wait and see how long they can hold out. The ‘handout’ revenue loss they will incur will soon force them to call off the strike. Their live is tied to handouts, just like our ‘friends’ and road block (Naira) ‘papers’. ASUU should learn contentment. They have a long way to the donkey 70 years retirement age. ENOUGH!

    • suleiman

      A professor earns a take home of less than N500k, a high court judge earns a take home of over N1 million, a military general and a police commissioner or equivalent earns over 1 million. A Harvard professor earns at least $12,000 (N4.8 million) a month. Do you understand the arithmetic? Why treat the academy as garbage? You want to get quality education, then pay those who deliver it! SO stop this nonsense. They gave you the education you use to write on this forum and the least you can do is to respect and support their course.

  • Dazmillion

    It is on this ASUU issue that Buhari’s limited scope of reasoning will be fully displayed. Just wait and see, the next indefinite ASUU strike will last till 2019