THE Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has began an indefinite strike over the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed with the Federal Government. The MOA was to ensure good funding of universities.
The strike which began with immediate effect, the National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said would cover both the Federal and State owned universities. It will be total, he said.
Prof Ogunyemi who briefed the media after the National Executive Council (NEC) of the ASUU last night in Akure, the Ondo state capital said all entreaties made to the Federal Government to honour the agreement with the union fell on deaf ears.
He said: “Having waited patiently for action and meaningful negotiation with reasonable men using the principle of collective bargaining that ASUU at its NEC meeting of 3rd and 4th November 2018 at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) resolved to resume the nationwide strike action it suspended in September 2017 with immediate effect.
“This strike will be total, comprehensive and indefinite. Our members shall withdraw their services until government fully implement all outstanding issues as contained in the MOA of 2017, and concludes the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements.
“We have today been subjected to 20 years of continued re-colonization under alleged democracy in which all that the ruling circle have been regrouping among themselves in their various faction they called political parties.”
He said government cannot justify the release of a paltry N20 billion revitalization fund when the same government released N1.3 trillion to a distressed bank.Political Economist