Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU)

ASUU Strike 2013 Not Ending Soon unless F.G keeps Agreement!

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This lingering ASUU strike will not end until the Federal Government and other financial bodies sign the necessary agreement to ensure the NGN220 billion will be released every year. ASUU know for sure that Nigeria cannot be trusted, and so they are not calling off this strike until their request is met.

Below is how Punch Newspaper is reporting it and we hope the F.G and others get to do the right and ensure this Asuu strike is called off next week.
A prominent member of the union, who craved anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on behalf of the union, told Saturday PUNCH that doing this would give the association the confidence that “the Federal Government knows what it is doing when it signed the agreement.”

He said, “I must tell you that our mandate remains. The only mandate we have is that 2009 agreement must be met. We have not reached any agreement with the Federal Government.

“Since the Federal Government wants to be releasing N220bn every year for five years, then all monetary and regulatory agencies must sign. The Central Bank of Nigeria, Ministries of Finance and Labour, National Assembly, Office of the Presidency, National Universities Commission, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Trade Union Congress and our umbrella body, the Nigeria Labour Congress, must sign with consequences stated.

“The reason we will ensure this is that we don’t want argument tomorrow that the agreement was entered in error or that they don’t know the implication of signing the agreement. If possible, documents

The strike will only be called off if the members agreed…
Meanwhile, the Dean of Social Sciences, University of Lagos, Prof. Omololu Soyombo, has said that the general ASUU body must agree before the strike could be called off.

And the Body didn’t believe what the President said in the meeting that lasted for 13 hours???
He said, “It is difficult to believe the President but we give him the benefit of doubt. We believe that the President is noble, the ASUU president promised to give him a feedback. If this had been done earlier, the strike wouldn’t have extended for so long.”

Corroborating his view, the Chairman, Lagos State University, ASUU, Dr. Jamiu Oluwatoki said, “It won’t be long again. By next week there should be a NEC meeting and subsequently the congress meetings before the president can call off the strike.”
(You can read the full post at punch nigeria)

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