The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Sunday commenced a nationwide strike over government’s failure to implement the 2009 agreement it reached with it.
ASUU has been demanding for the payment of its members their earned allowances and to increase funding of universities.
The group is also fighting against the non-payment of their earned academic allowance (EAA) and removal of universities staff schools from funding by the government.
It is also protesting the non-implementation of provisions of the 2014 pension reform act with respect to retired professors and their salaries.
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The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, announced the commencement of the strike on Sunday after the National Executive Council meeting which was held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.
Speaking with journalists, he said the union had no choice but to embark on the strike in view of the failure of the government to yield to their demands.
He said that it was obvious that the federal government was unconcerned about public universities as their children studied abroad.
His words: “Having waited patiently for action and meaningful negotiation with reasonable men using the principle of collective bargaining, ASUU at its NEC meeting of 3rd and 4th November 2018 at the FUTA, resolved to resume the nationwide strike 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 implements all outstanding issues as contained in the MOA of 2017, and concludes the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements.
“We have today (Sunday) been subjected to 20 years of continued re-colonisation under alleged democracy in which all that the ruling circle have been regrouping among themselves in their various faction they called political parties.”