ASUU resorts to referendum as strike continues

ASUU resorts to referendum as strike continues

Following the inability of stakeholders in the education sector to resolve the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the association on Tuesday, February 5, conducted a nationwide referendum.

The referendum, Legit.ng learnt, was to decide whether to suspend the industrial action which has crippled activities in the nation’s universities for three months or to continue until the federal government meets the demands of the lecturers.

Daily Trust reports that the referendum was organized by the national leadership of the union which directed its coordinators at the zones to meet with their various chairmen over the action.

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The report said over 200 members of ASUU at the University of Ibadan attended the congress and voted for the continuation of the strike. However, about 50 voted for suspension with conditions.

The chairman of ASUU at the university, Deji Omole, was quoted as saying the congress only conducted referendum on the offers of government.

Omole also noted that the government had promised to release N25 billion for the revitalisation of universities while it would work on the other part of the demand after identifying sources to fund them.

According to Omole, the federal government agreed to pay additional N5 billion to make the earned academic allowances N25 billion out of the owed N105 billion.

He said ASUU is asking the government to pay N30 billion.

He revealed that the government wants the renegotiation to commence and end within six weeks.

Legit.ng earlier reported that ASUU recently said it is ready to pursue its ongoing strike to a logical conclusion irrespective of whether there would be general elections or not.

The chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Yakub Mahmood, had said that the planned ASUU strike might affect the 2019 general election.

But the chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan (UI) chapter, Deji Omole, stated on Thursday, January 3, that the union would not be distracted by the 2019 elections in its struggle to revitalise public universities.

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It also reported that the federal government reached an agreement with ASUU thereby raising the possibility of the end of the ongoing strike.

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