The Academic Staff Union of Universities has commenced a nationwide industrial action following the inability of the Federal Government to respond to their demands.
According to the union, the strike has become the only option to it following the federal government’s failure (or refusal) implement the Memorandum of Action signed with it.
The union, therefore, warned that the strike would be total what with all federal and state varsities joining it.
The union made the announcement after their National Executive Council meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State last night.
National President of the ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi told journalists after the union’s NEC that all entreaties made to the Federal Government to honour the agreement with the union fell on deaf ears, stressing that ASUU was left with no other option than 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,” Ogunyemi said.
“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.
“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.”
The ASUU boss accused the government of disinterest in public universities because the children of top politicians and rich men in the society patronise private universities, noting that ASUU would not stand by and watch public universities sacrificed on the altar of selfish private interest.