The zonal leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), met on Monday in different parts of the country to discuss the ongoing strike action.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that all the zones insist on no resumption until the renegotiated 2009 agreement is signed and fully implemented.
The Abuja zonal coordinator, Dr Salawu Lawal, while addressing journalists during a press conference in Gwagwalada on Monday after the meeting, said members are ready to return to their duty posts as soon as their demands are met by the Federal Government.
Lawal said, “You would recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities declared a four-week rolling strike at the University of Lagos National Executive Council meeting held on February 14.
“Owing to the failure of the Federal Government to act within that period, the national action was rolled over for another eight weeks following the resolution taken at an emergency NEC meeting at the Festus Iyayi National Secretariat on March 14.
“The action, as you are probably aware is to, among other things, compel the Federal Government to sign and implement the draft renegotiated 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement submitted to it by the Prof. Munzali Committee in May 2021.
“Deploy for use in the Nigerian university system, was the home-grown payment and personnel solution called UTAS developed by ASUU as replacement for the failed IPPIS.
“As usual, the Federal Government has ignored ASUU’s call for full implementation of that famous agreement and other memoranda signed with the union.
“No meeting has been held between the two parties since the commencement of the ongoing strike. The only exception is our union’s re-submission of UTAS for a retest.
“The summary is that unless and until the renegotiated 2009 agreement is signed and implemented and UTAS deployed, there will be no work in public universities.”
Similarly, the Benin Zone, also insisted on no resumption until all agreements are fully implemented. The zone also called on Nigerians to join the union in saving Nigerian public universities.
Speaking on Monday, the union’s Zonal Coordinator, Prof Fred Esumeh, in a press briefing at the ASUU Secretariat, University of Benin, Edo State, said, “We call on all well-meaning Nigerians, students, workers, civil society organisations to wake up and join ASUU to rescue the dying university system.
“It will help reposition the universities to be globally competitive and able to produce the manpower required to jump-start the re-emergence of the country.”
In Ibadan, ASUU chairman in the University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, in a statement, blasted the minister of state for education, Emeka Nwajiuba for describing the union as ” wicked and mean.”
Akinwole said, “The Minister of State for Education represents one of the deceptive and insincere characters of the Buhari administration.
“It is a sign of acceptance of failure for a minister to admit that they have consistently been irresponsible by pleading with a union to bury the welfare of its members and not fight for infrastructure face-lift for the children of the masses and new salary for the welfare of her members.”
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