The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has reportedly stated that they would be going on an indefinite strike, as the Federal Government had failed in implementing the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union last year.
This was reportedly disclosed in a statement by Dr Biodun Olaniran, the ASUU chairman, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, and signed by the Secretary, Dr Toyin Abegunrin,
The statement read that, “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.”
It added that, “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.”
It maintained that, “These include the signing/implementation of the renegotiated agreement of 2009; and the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Software instead of the controversial IPPIS.”
In addition, the ASUU chairman of the Kwara State University chapter, Malete, Dr Salau Sheu, had made it known that, “It is wrong for President Muhammadu Buhari to assign two ministers to oversee the implementation of the Memorandum of Action signed last year with ASUU. First, the assigned ministers are not part of the agreement. Only the ministers of Finance and Education were part of the agreement. The Federal Government is trying to take away university autonomy through its designed programmes and it is trying to shy away from implementing the resolutions of the negotiations.”
Another member of the ASUU National Executive Council, reportedly disclosed that, “At this point, we have no choice but to go on strike; that is the only language the government understands. We have been going back and forth, but it seems as if they are not ready to listen and do what is right.”
Commenting on the issue, the ASUU chairman, Ekiti State University chapter, Dr Kayode Arogundade, has reportedly remarked that, “We are having a mobilisation congress. We want to tell our people to get prepared that by February 13, if the government decides not to honour agreements with the union, we will shut down.”