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ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have asked Nigerians to hold the Federal Government responsible if the union decides to embark on strike.

VANTAGE NEWS had reported that ASUU threatened to go on strike over the inability of the government to honour promises signed in a Memorandum of Understanding before suspending its industrial action in February.

TwO ASUU zones comprising the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State; Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State; Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State; and the University of Abuja accused FG of being insincere.

The zonal coordinator, Dr Salahu Lawal, who disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja, added that the union could no longer guarantee industrial harmony in public universities due to the attitude of the government to the agreements.

He said, “Recall that our union signed a Memorandum of Action with the government, leading to the suspension of the 2020 strike action in February 2021, but almost nine months on, ASUU is again calling on the government to honour its promises to the Nigerian people on the immediate deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

“The government, as it has always done, again reneged on its promises to the union and the nation, a development that can lead to another industrial action in the universities.

“We, therefore, demand the implementation of all outstanding provisions in the February 7, 2021 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action; the immediate deployment of ASUU’s innovation of a more robust system of human resources management and compensation called the UTAS; and the immediate payment of outstanding earned academic allowances to our members.

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“We also demand the full implementation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement as renegotiated in 2021 based on the ILO’s collective bargaining principle; immediate action on the report of the presidential visitation panels to federal universities without delay; and immediate action on the recommendations of the committee on state universities.

“We urge all Nigerians to hold the Federal Government responsible if the union decides to embark on another industrial action following the non-implementation of the MoA.”

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