- Most Nigerian universities have embarked on indefinite industrial action
- This is in keeping with the directive of ASUU on Monday, March 23
- ASUU said that the federal government is yet to meet the demands of its members
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, March 23, commenced an indefinite strike.
Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU's national president, revealed the union's decision at a press briefing in Abuja, The Nation reports.
Ogunyemi claimed that the federal government had failed to address the issues raised by its members.
ASUU had reportedly embarked on a two-week warning strike with effect from Monday, February 9. The president of the union announced this at the end of the National Executive Council meeting (NEC).
Legit.ng gathered that the NEC meeting was held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
According to Ogunyemi, the union decided to embark on the strike to compel the federal government to implement the agreements it has failed to implement.
Barely a month ago, Legit.ng reported that the disagreement between both parties had taken a new dimension as the union said it had commenced national mobilisation for strike action against the federal government.
The union had said the move was as a result of the failed implementation of an agreement it reached with the union by the federal government.
This was disclosed by the chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Professor Deji Omole. He lamented that successive governments in Nigeria have positioned themselves to make Nigeria retrogressive.
Going further, the association alleged that the federal government is a serial defaulter and bad example for Nigerian youths.
In another report, the federal government disclosed that lecturers on its payroll who are not registered on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) would not be paid salaries for the month of February.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of budget and national planning, who made the disclosure on Thursday, March 5, said up to 55% of ASUU members are registered in the IPPIS scheme. She accused lecturers who have not registered in the payroll system of resisting the implementation of the scheme.
Also, the proposed Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institution Prohibition Bill has pitched the Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) against the ASUU.
While YAF is in support of the bill, ASUU was proposing a review of existing laws on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions rather than formulating new ones.
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