Fresh Strike Looms as ASUU Accuses FG of Ignoring Ultimatum

Fresh Strike Looms as ASUU Accuses FG of Ignoring Ultimatum

  • The Academic Staff Union of Universities is unhappy with the way the federal government is handling their long-due demands
  • The union has disclosed that the deadline issued to the government since July has not received any favourable response
  • ASUU further revealed that FG is yet to implement the agreement and even their demands it reached upon after series of meetings and consultations

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), had on Tuesday, September 21, said that the ultimatum it issued in July did not elicit any response from the federal government.

The Punch reports that the National President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Oshodeke, during an interview stated that government had not implemented the agreement it reached with the union nor responded to the ultimatum.

The union had on Saturday, July 19 issued a fresh ultimatum to FG, to pay the outstanding 10-month arrears of its members’ salaries or be prepared for another industrial action.

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ASUU accuses FG of ignoring ultimatum, gives important update
ASUU has expressed displeasure in the way FG is handling their demands amid fresh strike action. Photo credit: Asuu strike news and updates, Forum for All Edolites - the Forefront Group
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Responding to enquiries by the newspaper, ASUU president said:

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“Nothing yet, not a single response from the government. For now, we are in Abuja we are meeting soon.
"We want to see what we can do between now and Friday to see them. Despite the letter we wrote to them and the press conferences, they are not bothered, because nothing is at stake for them.”

The union had accused the government of not implementing the agreement it signed with lecturers in December 2020.

But reacting, the federal government says it is not ignoring ASUU, rather the government would provide an update in due course, amid threats of a fresh strike action by the union, a report by The Cable also indicate.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that the industrial dispute between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), is a never ending one.

Recently, the union on Thursday, September 9, had asked Nigerians to hold Buhari responsible if the educational system becomes engulfed in fresh crisis.

The Punch reported that the union criticized President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for allegedly breaching the agreement it reached with ASUU, nine months after it suspended its strike action.

List of top 20 best Nigerian universities in 2021 emerges

Earlier, Webometrics released the July 2021 edition of its ranking of the universities and other higher education institutions across the world.

A look at the ranking by Legit.ng indicates that the University of Ibadan, Covenant University, and Obafemi Awolowo University occupied the top three spots respectively.

While two of the top three, UI and OAU, are federal universities, the remaining one, Covenant University, is private-owned.

Source: Legit Newspaper

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