Any moment from now the Acadrmic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU will announce its commencement of a nationwide strike. The industrial action which is likely to be indefinite this time around stems from the refusal of the Federal Government to meet the union’s demands as agreed upon in the 2019 Memorandum of Action.
AT gathered this following a tweet from ASUU’s president @comradeait which announced the commencement of the strike from Monday, February 14, 2022.
The tweet went like this :
“Scenes at UNILAG for the final decision of the commencement of #ASUUstrike
Official statement coming soon. Is our right we are fighting for
Shortly after the meeting had come to an end another tweet announced the commencement of the strike:
With this, Nigerian Universities will likely be shutdown indefinitely until the demands of the union are met.
ASUU had earlier threatened to embark on another strike following the FG’s repeated failure to meet a number of agreements reached with ASUU previously.
Three years after penning the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Federal Government and ASUU, a cursory look at agreement reveals that the federal government is yet to fulfill a heavy number of arrears of such an agreement. Areas such as the funding for the revitalization of our public universities, mainstreaming further payments of EAA into the annual budgets beginning from 2019 budget,as well as the provision of documented guidelines on procedures and roles of parties in the process of renegotiating FGN-ASUU Agreement of 2009 are amongst such agreements.
There is also the demand for the immediate deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to replace the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS which ASUU believes is unworkable with the concept of university autonomy!