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Monday, 14 August 2017

ASUU begins indefinite strike




The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has
commenced an indefinite strike across the nation, beginning
Sunday August 13th, 2017.

According to ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, the
lecturers took the decision to declare the strike after
deliberations at its National Executive Council (NEC)
meeting held at the University of Abuja during the weekend.


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In a document titled: “Strike Bulletin No.1”, which was
signed and issued by Ogunyemi, ASUU said the strike action
was to be a total, comprehensive and indefinite action
whereby no form of academic activities including teaching,
attendance of any meeting, conduct and supervision of any
examination at any level, supervision of project or thesis at
any level should take place at any of the nation’s
universities.

The union recalled that it had to embark on a six month
strike between July and December 2013 and the strike was
suspended when government signed an MoU with the union.

“Of all the items contained in the MoU, only the N200b out
of a total of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalisation
(Needs Assessment) fund was released.

“The union also embarked on a one week warning strike in
November 2016 to press for the implementation of 2013
MoU. However government did not implement the
understanding reach between the union and Federal
Government base on the intervention by the leadership of
Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The union has also met with the 2009 Agreement
Implementation Monitoring Committee, IMC, and had
written several letters press releases and communiqués on
the outstanding issues to no avail.

“The National Executive Council, NEC, of ASUU then met at
the University of Abuja on August 12 2017 to consider the
result of a referendum from all branches in a bid to
ascertain ways of convincing government to implement
outstanding aspects of the 2009 and the MoU of 2013”.

ASUU further listed the outstanding issues with the Federal
Government to include: payment of fractions/non-payment
of salaries; non-payment of earned academic allowances,
non-release of operational license of NUPEMCO; non
implementation of the provisions of the 2014 pension reform
act with respect to retired professors and their salaries,
removal of universities staff schools from funding by
government and funds for the revitalisation of public
universities.

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