The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Monday began a nationwide indefinite strike, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports.
The ASUU National President, Dr Isa Fagge, told journalists of the development at a news conference via telephone at the University of Lagos. He said that the decision to have the strike was reached at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of ASUU held at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye, on Monday.
Fagge told newsmen that the strike, which took immediate effect, was “comprehensive, total and indefiniteâ€™â€™. He said that the action was as a result of the inability of the Federal Government to implement some of the issues contained in a 2009 agreement it had with ASUU.
The unionist said that the government had also reneged on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it entered into with the union in December 2011. “Before now, there has been this issue of the implementation of the key issues contained in the 2009 agreement we entered into with the Federal Government.
“We have had several meetings and deliberations to let government understand why these issues must be resolved but it is like the more we meet and deliberate, the messier the issue gets. “One of the issues that needed to be addressed was basically that of the Academic earned allowance.
“This earned allowance, and other issues, had dragged on until government then agreed to write an MOU with the union.Â But as we speak, there has been nothing to show that government was committed to an MOU it also willingly wrote to better the university sector. It is in this regard that we are embarking on an indefinite strike,â€ he said.
Fagge said that having waited patiently for the government to swing into action to no avail, the NEC of the union decided to meet, deliberate and come up with the action.
Dr Karo Oghenekaro, the Chairman of the University of Lagos chapter of the union, told newsmen that governmentâ€™s penchant for reneging on agreements was not acceptable. He said that government entered into the MOU with ASUU after the union suspended its strike two and a half years ago.
Oghenekaro explained that the government had made essential laws on some of the burning issues such as the 70 years retirement age of lecturers as well as the pension commission.
According to him, government, however, is not forthcoming with other pressing demands such as the earned allowance.
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