ASUU Commences Indefinite Strike Action
Aug 14, 2017 Education 2727 By Abdulkerimu Oare
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- ASUU commences indefinite strike.
- Issues warning to Kogi State branch.
- Strike commenced on Sunday 13th August, 2017.
After holding a National Executive Council meeting at University of Abuja during the weekend, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has commenced an indefinite strike over non payment of salaries, academic allowances and a host of other grieviances against the Federal Government.
Biodun Ogunyemi issued a statement in a document tagged "Strike Bulletin No. 1" where it indicated that it is a total and comprehensive one, banning all forms of academic activities including supervison of thesis and attendance of any meeting.
The Bulletin stated that "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".
Meanwhile, ASUU has also issued a stern warning to its Kogi State Faction threatening severe consequences if they do not join in the strike. In June 2017, the Governor of Kogi State banned ASUU from the state and despite intervention from various bodies, that ban appears to have stood, perhaps until now.
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