No going back on strike, ASUU vows

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

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, says there is no going back on its one-week warning strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Biodun Ogunyemi, the union’s National President, told the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone on Tuesday in Lagos that the strike would be total.

The union leadership, after its emergency executive committee meeting, declared the warning strike at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

Mr. Ogunyemi said chronic under-funding of the sector through low budgetary allocation, which went from 11 per cent in 2015 to eight per cent in 2016, did not go down well with the union.

He pointed out the failure of government to implement the 2009 agreement and the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as some of the reasons for embarking on the warning strike.

The president said that its members were tired of what they described as “government’s empty promises’’ in setting up its negotiation team for the review of agreement as consistently requested by ASUU since 2012.

“There shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of our branches while the strike lasts.”

According to him, the union will put machinery in place to ensure that there is total compliance during the strike.

He explained that the essence of the warning strike was to draw attention of concerned stakeholders and the general public to the challenges that the unions, universities and other stakeholders in the sector were facing.

“Nobody will say before we exhaust the warning strike some issues cannot be addressed if government wants to be sincere with our cause.

“We are doing this because we want Nigerians to come into the matter and ensure that these issues are given adequate attention they deserve.

“Our lecturers are given 40 per cent of their salaries, which is just not encouraging, as this will lead to poor commitment in carrying out their jobs.

“I am sure nobody will like a 40 per cent university education or 40 per cent teaching of various courses including research development and output.

“That is why we have to take the matter before the National Assembly, which we believe, will come into the matter just like the Nigerian parents.’’

Reacting to the impending strike, the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), said that ASUU was right and that it must be supported.

Adeolu Ogunbanjo, the association’s 2nd Deputy National President, told NAN that it was time the government takes the country’s education seriously.

“ASUU has done well by giving warning, considering the patience its members have shown in these whole issues.

“At least it is good for them to feel the pulse of Nigerians and other key stakeholders on the matter.

“However, because Nigeria is struggling with recession presently, we, on behalf of Nigerian parents are begging them not to down tool totally.

“They have made their points and we thank them for creating the awareness but we are begging them to shelve the looming strike to sometimes next year, when the recession might have been abated.

“Government too should seize the opportunity to listen to the union and see what can be done concerning all the issues it has raised.

“It will be a total disaster if government should allow ASUU to down tool indefinitely, considering the hardship that is currently taking its toll on every sector of the nation’s economy.”

Mr. Ogunbanjo said that a full-fledged strike would not be welcomed by majority of Nigerians in the current situation.

He said the strike would only add more grief to the suffering masses.

(NAN)


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  • dami

    every year for one reason or the other ASUU goes on strike…just tell us that you want to work only six months a year…instead of always striking!
    no strike embarked on by ASUU has ever been successful!…so why continue to strike? lazy oafs…

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  • Ikechukwu_67

    ASUU will go on strike nomatter what. Little wonder private universities are flourishing. I see this strike going on for a long time because of the precarious financial situation with the government.

    ASUU guys are addicted to strikes and nothing would change them. However I must warn them that the customer they are dealing with now is different. They should be ready for real bloody battle that could really consume them. They must understand that the citizens don’t really have the stomach for this.

    ASUU should know that the members are venturing into a cloudy and unforgiving territory at this time. It’s not funny I tell you..

    • dave jacob

      Yes, private universities are flourishing, but most in mediocrity and intellectual vacuity.

  • Truly9ja

    Let the students kick their ass. Bunch of idiots! How many of them even attend their classes let alone teach properly.

    • Pillars

      I know very well that you did not pass through the four walls of a university.No one who did so will comment as you did. better still,you are rusticated.well people made comments base on the level of their IQ.So I don’t blame you b/c that is the level u can reason.Firstly what are the problems that these people are crying for.Do these problems exist.Have govt been able to solve them.if the answer is no.Why are you making comments like a fool.That was how it started from our primary and school schools,no body attended to them.Now is our universities.Govt should stop sleeping and face the realities.

      • Samuel Blake

        Dude leave what the ideal situation should be,and you don’t chew someone up for airing his views..it does not portray you as educated or having a reasonable I.Q either. Naturally being a citizen of this great nation,i really don’t see the point of this strike.we are in recession which is not the present govt’s fault,everyone is feeling it,why make things more unbearable. Are the govt to steal money to meet their demands?