ASUU gives FG 3 weeks to implement agreement, threatens fresh strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has given the Federal Government three week ultimatum to implement the agreement it reached with the union.

The union said it would be left with no option but to embark with an indefinite industrial action.

The ASUU national president, Emmanuel Osodeke, after the union’s national executive council (NEC) meeting held at the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) on November 13 and 14, told journalists that fresh industrial action would be necessary due to the failure of the federal government to implement the memorandum of action (MoA) it signed with the union upon which the last strike action was suspended.

He said: “We are giving the Federal Government a three-week ultimatum, if after three weeks they don’t meet our demands, we will be going on strike.

“We believe we have tried enough by giving them enough time. We have earlier warned the federal government not to push the union into another strike by neglecting our demands.

“Finally, we call on all patriotic Nigerians and lovers of Nigeria to prevail on the federal and state governments to act fast to prevent another round of industrial crisis in Nigeria’s public universities.

“It is painful that our union may soon have no other way of securing the implementation of FGN-ASUU collectively bargained agreements and redressing the criminal neglect of welfare issues of our members by State Governors.

“Governments of Nigerian should be held responsible should ASUU be forced to activate the strike it patriotically suspended.”

It would be recalled that ASUU embarked on a nearly nine-month strike in 2020 when the FG failed to meet some its demands.

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Some of the ASUU demands, nclude those of unpaid academic earned allowances and the universities revitalisation fund that are yet to be addressed almost one year after an agreement was reached.

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