Final decision will be taken today by ASUU – Academic Staff Union of Universities, on whether they will proceed on strike over unsolved issues with the Federal Government or not as they sat yesterday at an unrevealed venue where the decision was taken.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi , the National President of the union – ASUU, last night met with the Chairmen of state chapters in Abuja. They collated and reviewed the results of the referendum they conducted in their separate chapters as of the time they are still waiting for the Federal Government to resolve the issues. The chairmen whom majority of them had approved a nationwide strike, deliberated alongside the National Executive Council, NEC the duration the strike would last. Remember that the National Executive Council had met at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi on the 22nd and 23rd July, 2017, and deliberated extensively on issues arising from the 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement, the 2013 MoU and other related issues and decided to conduct a referendum at the branch congresses on the next line of action.
The National President of the union – ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi , pointed out lots of issues which include payment of fractions/non-payment of salaries; non-payment of earned academic allowances, non-release of operational licence of NUPENCO, retired professors and their salaries, university staff schools, and funds for the revitalisation of public universities.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi added that related demands made by the union have not been addressed, which is why they have resolved to embark on a “total, comprehensive and indefinite strike” from Sunday, August 13, 2017 as the Federal Government failed to implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding.