The Academic Staff Union of Institutions has announced that if the Federal Government fails to follow the Memorandum of Action it agreed with the union last year, its members at universities across the country will go on strike again shortly.
Dr Biodun Olaniran, Chairman of ASUU at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Ogbomoso, and Dr Toyin Abegunrin, Secretary of the union, said in a statement released following the union’s congress on Monday that the government’s inability to fully implement the accords was concerning.
The union announced that if the federal government does not meet its demands within a particular time frame, it will go on indefinite strike.
Members had decided to go on an indefinite strike because the government was unwilling to do what was required, according to the statement.
The union said it had allowed many stakeholders to speak with the government, which had portrayed the union as a dog that could only bark but not bite, while urging Nigerians to pressure the government to avoid the impending strike.
The statement read in part, “Our union, ASUU, is using this medium to call upon the Federal Government of Nigeria once again to implement the agreement it signed with ASUU. It is unfortunate to mention that the FG signed an agreement with the ASUU since 2009, but the agreement is not implemented till date.
“The agreement was renegotiated in the name of peace. But to our dismay, the government has refused to sign the renegotiated agreement. In order to make the implementation of the agreement easy for the FG, the union has limited its demand to only three.