No Retreat, No Surrender As ASUU Says Strike Will Be Indefinite, Won’t End Until All Agreements Are Fulfilled
- The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Owerri Zone, has threatened a total showdown of universities
- According to the union, the federal government failed to implement the 2009 agreement reached with them
- ASUU Zonal coordinator, Uzo Onyebinama, also disclosed that some lecturers are being owed as much as 10 months’ salary
Nigerian students might have to spend more time home if the threat of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Owerri Zone, is anything to go by.
The zone has threatened a total showdown with the Federal Government over the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement.
This was disclosed by the union in a press conference at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, on Monday, December 13.
Punch Newspaper reports that leaders of the union from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State University, Owerri, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, were in attendance.
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Speaking at the press conference, the ASUU Zonal coordinator, Mr Uzo Onyebinama, disclosed that some lecturers are being owed as much as 10 months’ salary.
“As we speak now, the Federal Government is in arrears of major components of the agreement, and that includes funding for the revitalization of public universities, earned academic allowances, and the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.
“The consequences of the federal government’s refusal to implement the 2009 agreement is that the union has resolved to go on an indefinite strike any moment and once it begins, it will not stop until all agreements are fulfilled.”
ASUU threatens shut down
Legit.ng earlier reported that ASUU once again threatened to shut down the nation's University system by embarking on another industrial strike.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities had said that it had commenced consultation with its branches nationwide to get a nod to shut down public universities.
This followed the expiration of a three-week ultimatum the union handed over to the federal government to meet its demands.
Gbajabiamila summons ASUU president, finance, education ministers, amid imminent strike
Meanwhile, Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker House of Representatives, called for an emergency meeting on Thursday, November 18.
Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, Adamu Adamu, minister of education, and Prof Emmanuel Osedeke, president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) were all summoned to the emergency meeting.
Gbajabiamila made the disclosure following a motion moved by Prof Julius Ihonvbere, chairman House Committee on Basic Education.