ASUU To Embark On Nationwide Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU ) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the Federal Government fails to implement the 2009 agreement it reached with the union .

Dr . Theophilus Lagi , the Zonal Coordinator, Abuja Zone of the union , made this known in Abuja on Wednesday .

He stated that government had only implemented 30 percent of the provisions on the NEEDS Assessment budget in 2013 , as he added that the funds were disbursed indiscriminately to university councils, as a fall out of the six months industrial action it had embarked upon in 2009 .

He , therefore , called on the federal government to fully implement the 2009 agreement it reached with the union in order to prevent the nation’s universities from going on strike .

“ The struggle to implement the 2009 ASUU /FGN agreement is not about the union . It is not about the personal benefits of the members only . It is about saving the university system from total collapse ,” Dr . Lagi said .

“ The current issues in contention includes funding of universities for revitalization in line with the MoU FGN entered into with ASUU in 2013 , renegotiation of the FGN / ASUU 2009 agreement which ASUU believes will reposition the entire education sector , facilitation of the registration of the Nigerian Universities Pension Management company , NUPEMCO , among others on the list . ”

Dr Lagi who also regretted the failure by government to reply series of letters written to it and not taking any concrete steps towards implementing the core provisions of the agreement , described the present step by the union as designed to appeal and conscientiously inform Nigerians on the state of neglect of lectures by government and to serve as a prelude to full blown strike .

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