Reasons Why ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) May begin a two-week Strike

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#1st Reason: The academic union says the federal government is owing universities over N880billion intervention fund.
‎“ASUU and the federal government have been negotiating these demands since November 2016.”

According to Vanguardngr.com, ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may begin a two-week strike if a referendum it is conducting among its members across public universities in Nigeria enjoys the support of majority of its members.

Based on the information gathered the union is asking its members if the union should begin another strike following alleged failure of the federal government to faithfully implement the 2009 agreements and 2013 Memorandum of Understanding it signed with the union.

The academic union says the federal government is owing universities over N880billion intervention fund. As a result, the union conducted a nationwide referendum on whether to resume its suspended strike action or not. This was contained in a mail sent to all the branches by the National President of the Union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.

The referendum was occasioned by a resolution at the NEC meeting of the Union held at the Nasarawa State University (NSU) where issues relating to the 2009 agreement, the 2013 memorandum of understanding reached with the federal government were extensively discussed.

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According to PREMIUM TIMES, When contacted, the ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, said that until he would not speculate on the decisions to be reached.

He said “Until I receive branch decisions, I would not want to speculate,” he said. “But our decisions will be fully communicated.”

The lecturers major demands include issues concerning the welfare of members as well as funding of universities. ASUU had said several university lecturers across states are only being paid part of their salaries. ‎ASUU and the federal government have been negotiating these demands since November 2016.

#2nd Reason: UNIMAID staff kidnapped by Boko Haram (ASUU interfers)

According to reports, see how the lecturers, members of an oil exploration team hired by the state oil firm NNPC, were kidnapped by the terror group. The Boko Haram later released a video showing the lecturers begging the government to negotiate their release.

 


The union also demanded that government ensures the release of University of Maiduguri lecturers kidnapped by Boko Haram.

The final decision on the strike is expected to be made after a review of the referendum conducted by the chapters.

An earlier deadline given by ASUU to the federal government to meet its demands ended on Friday.

The scheduled meeting which started since on Friday will take its final decision as its ends today Sunday (August 13) in Abuja.

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