The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has declared a nationwide indefinite strike starting from today, Monday 14 August, 2017. This the Union leaders says is to drive home their demands.

According to a letter signed by the Union’s National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the decision to embark on strike came after several chapters of ASUU voted overwhelmingly for members (in both federal and state universities) to embark on an indefinite strike to demand for the implementation of their 2009 agreement with the Federal government.

Among the issues in contention includes federal government breach of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed agreement on financing grant to state universities, conditions of service, non implementation of Earned Academic Allowance (EAA), non payment of salaries, non implementation of the provisions of the 2014 Pension Reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries and re-negotiation of the agreement.

Others are issue of non provision of revitalization funds to public universities/poor funding, non release of NUPEMCO operational licence, removal of universities staff schools from funding by government, payment of half salaries to members and government owing universities outstanding N880 billion intervention fund.

ASUU branches nationwide had on Friday, held a referendum in line with an earlier directive from the National Executive Council (NEC) to vote whether the strike should be indefinite, one month, a week or no strike at all. The National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU thereafter met at the university of Abuja on the 12th of August, 2017 to consider the results of the referendum from all branches in a bid to ascertain ways of convincing government to implement outstanding aspects of the 2009 agreement and the MoU of 2013. The result of the referendum showed that an overwhelming majority of the branches voted in favour of strike.

“Having exhausted all avenues to get government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and the 2013 MoU as well as other related demands, the Union resolved to embark on total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action commencing Sunday, 13th August, 2017”.

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