The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria has declared an indefinite nationwide strike in response to the federal government’s failure to fulfill the 2009 agreement it reached with the union.
During a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, the ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, stated that the decision to embark on the industrial action was taken at its emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on August 12, 2017.
He noted that the industrial action actually took effect from Sunday, August 13, and during the strike period, there will be no teaching, examination or attendance of statutory meeting of any kind in any of ASUU’s branches till the government meets the union’s demands, adding that the move is to ensure a better future for the university system in the country and the overall educational development.
Issues outside Babalakin’s negotiation committee are what we discussing. We are saying that government did not continue the implementation of the existing issues from 2009 Federal government ASUU agreement. Government has abandoned implementation, he said.
Mr. Ogunyemi said the government had ignored the education system, while the political classes send their wards to private universities and universities abroad leaving public universities in Nigeria to collapse.
According to him;
The strike is a genuine move to transform Nigeria into an economically viable and politically stable country and must begin with a firm commitment to an all round transformation of the country’s education.
Read statement below: