ASUU Strike: No End In Sight September 14, 2017

ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi and other executives
Gbenro Adesina/Ibadan
Hope that the strike action embarked upon by Academic
Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is about to come to an

end appears dashed as congresses of universities met
across the country to deliberate on the recent
agreements reached between the leadership of the union
and the Federal Government.
Feelers from the congresses that have met indicate that
the unions were not ready to call of the strike because
the government is yet to show the necessary
commitment to their plights. For instance, in congresses
held yesterday at the University of Ibadan, UI, and Ekiti
State University, Ado-Ekiti, EKSU, members of the union
decided to continue with the strike action on the ground
that the Federal Government’s offers are not acceptable
to them. According to reliable sources, the staff are not
comfortable with the fact that only about one of the
seven demands, which is the issue of staff schools of
the universities was convincingly addressed by the
government. Government only made promises as regards
the other demands which do not show any difference
from what was on ground before the strike.
As at the time of filing this report, UI was devoid of
activities as all unions on campus both academic and
non academic have embarked on indefinite strike.
A lecturer from EKSU said, “We have agreed that the
strike must continue until the Federal Government is
ready to grant our demands in practical way not in
promissory act”.
In one of the interaction with the media after the last
meeting the union had with the government, ASUU
President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi said that he could
not determine when the union would call off its strike
adding that calling off the strike would be determined by
the entire members of the union.


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