The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi has said the union members will begin a one-week warning strike tomorrow to protest the Federal Government’s failure to implement their 2009 agreement. On why ASUU will be going on strike, Ogunyemi – during the press conference which held after the union’s meeting in Abuja – said, “Our members are worried that six months after meeting the minister of Education and a series of letters on the need to respect the 2009 agreement and 2013 MoU, there has been no tangible results.
“This failure puts ASUU leadership in difficulty in responding to enquiries from members about our engagement with the Federal Government. Following nationwide consultations, the National Executive Council rose from its meeting on Sunday, November 13, with a resolution to begin a one-week warning strike, from Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The nationwide strike is total and comprehensive. While it last, there shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meeting of any kind.
“We use this opportunity to call on education loving Nigerians and friends of Nigeria to prevail on the government to address ASUU’s demands. For us, we shall not surrender until the university system is repositioned. We are not against democratising university education by providing more opportunities. But we also believe that if government followed the path which we agreed on, universities will not be made constituency projects as we are seeing.
“When you say every state must have a university without doing your homework and every governor thinks a university must be established in his constituency, it means we are not paying attention to quality, but using such to make a political point. That is what we are against. In other places, what they do is to expand facilities, open space for more students, improve laboratories, library and offices. We are not seeing such happening here.”