The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, (Middle), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeko leading other ASUU NEC members in a solidarity song after briefing newsmen on the Union’s One month warning strike, in Lagos.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has declared one month warning strike to press home its displeasure over the federal government’s refusal to sign and implement the Renegotiated 2009 Federal Government-ASUU Agreement.
The President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeko who made this known at a news briefing in Lagos said, the strike takes immediate effect.
He said that, the National Executive Council of ASUU was left with no other choice than to ask lecturers in all public Universities to embark on a warning strike having explored other means of getting the attention of the federal government towards signing and implementating the Renegotiated 2009 agreement it had with ASUU.
He explained that Contrary to the views being held in some quarters that ASUU was usually insensitive to the plight of their students by embarking on strike, it wa never the joy of ASUU to disrupt the academic calendar of public Universities.
The ASUU President streesed that, it was a painful decision for ASUU to arrive at embarking on strike as the last option.
He noted that indeed the patience of lecturers in Public Universities had been stretched beyond tolerable limit.
Prof. Osodeko however, appealed to all education stakeholders to support ASUU in its fight to make the nation’s public Universities better.
He emphasised that, ASUU would not relent in its historic responsibility of advocating for an improved university system as the future of sound university education for Nigerian Children lied in a good and well financed university system.
Some of the issues ASUU wants Government to attend to are the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), funding of State Universities, non-implementation of withheld salaries of lecturers and promotion arrears.