ASUU begins indefinite nationwide strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced a nationwide industrial action on Monday over failure of the Federal Government to meet its demands.

ASUU announced the indefinite strike after its National Executive Council meeting at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State on Sunday night.

The union accused the government of not implementing the memorandum of action signed with it, declaring that the strike would be total as lecturers in all federal and state varsities would join the action.

Briefing journalists after the NEC meeting, the National President of the ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said all entreaties made to the Federal Government to honour the agreement with the union fell on deaf ears and they had no other alternative but to begin the strike action.

“Having waited patiently for action and meaningful negotiation with reasonable men using the principle of collective bargaining that ASUU at its NEC meeting of 3rd and 4th November 2018 at the FUTA, resolved to resume the nationwide strike action it suspended in September 2017 with immediate effect.

“This strike will be total, comprehensive and indefinite. Our members shall withdraw their services until government fully implement all outstanding issues as contained in the MOA of 2017, and concludes the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements,” the union said.

Prof Ogunyemi alleged that the government was not interested in public universities as the children of the top politicians and rich men in the society patronise private universities at the detriment of public institutions.

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