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ASUU set for another indefinite strike over 2009 FG Agreement Terms

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned that it will embark on another round of indefinite industrial action if the Federal Government fails to implement the terms of Agreement reached with ASUU in 2009.

The Chairman of ASUU-UCB, Mr. James Okpiliya, who disclosed this while addressing journalists at the unions secretariat over the weekend in Calabar, said the imminent crisis ahead will be dangerous for the university system and called on all major stakeholders to intervene before the education sector is doomed.

Okpiliya admitted that though, the government has implemented the monetary increase as contained in the agreement, but the problem lies with the National Assembly that has refused to pass the law on the retirement of professors and other major contending issues.“The union regrets that since 2009 when the agreement was signed, the National Assembly has refused to pass the law making retirement of lecturers at professorial cadre to be 70 years. The government has failed or refused to enact the enabling laws to facilitate the implementation and enforcement of some of the key aspects of that agreement.

“With less than two weeks to the end of this administration, we can conclude that government is ill-willing to give legislative backing to the parts of the agreement, ‘’ he said. The union urged the National Assembly to urgently pass the relevant law in respect of the areas of the agreement that require such before the end of the legislative tenure, stressing that “to renege on this is to avoidably throw the university system into another serious crisis.’’

The union also strongly objected to the arbitrary dissolution of the governing councils by visitors of various state universities with a wave of the hand insisting on due process of law in the removal of the Vice Chancellors especially that of Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, and the University of Ado Ekiti by their visitors. Okpaliya further commended lecturers and members of the National Youth Service Corps for their role in the success of the recently concluded general elections.

He, however, condemned in strong terms the post-election violence in some parts of the country, particularly the killing of corps members, saying “their killing is unfortunate, unacceptable and a primitive fall back on fault lines that drift us apart as a nation.”

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Comment by Kola Ogunba on May 24, 2011 at 11:57pm
For me, it is striking that some of us believe that ASUU is the one that needs to be called to order because of perceived "lack of lobbying efforts" on the parts of ASUU! It is noteworthy that most of us are unaware of the several efforts made by ASUU executives to explore possibilities before going for the last resort? Perhaps we genuinely believe that everything should be lobbied for and that this in itself is the way things should be. Quite strange! Again, have we sought to find out how many lobbies, persuasions, pleas and even humiliating sycophantic moves made by ASUU personnel to avoid this resort? Are we not aware that the history of victories by ASUU have been steeped in unsuccessful lobbies (painstakingly done, I might add) that have culminated, unavoidably, in strike actions to force the hands of the powers that be to commit to the development of the sector whose love they consistently lip-serve? To somehow think that ASUU, comprising those who get paid to think, has sunk into the thoughtlessness of developing an attraction for "jumping to strike actions" in some show of sadistic glee is interesting to me, to put things mildly!
Comment by Dokubo Alaye on May 24, 2011 at 2:33pm

Pls i beseech everybody involve in inplementation of this agreement to do so, cuz another strick action will lead the educational sector into an hurricane that could take more than their power to stablize. Ezy


Comment by Adeniyi Oluwatayo Mayowa on May 24, 2011 at 1:50pm
Please try to resolve this with the FG or better says the FG should resolve this with the ASUU. We don't need to strike again please cause the calender have being inter-rout.
Comment by BIODUN OGUNDELE on May 24, 2011 at 9:20am
Why the strike again? Should strike not be the last resort? Has ASUU explored all the other necessary avenues. If the issue has to be with the passing of some issues into law by the parliament, what and what steps has ASUU taken. I am sure that ASUU knows the lobby that goes along with passing a bill in the parliament. What kind of lobby has ASUU done? Must they pass their inability to lobby out the parliament to hapless Nigerians again. Let them do what is right and not seek to destroy the system under the guise of building. Even NLC lobbies the parliament to get issues resolved, how much less ASUU. I think all well meaning Nigerians should call ASUU to order before it is too late
Comment by Moses K Tawose on May 23, 2011 at 9:32pm
Strike isn't the solution rather it has been the destruction of the students life. Another method need to be found out to get our issues resolved and timely. When we are sitting on our butt without doing some research on how to get issue resolved there would never be any developments.
Comment by omosexy on May 23, 2011 at 5:13pm
oh d educational system of 9ja my beloved country is dead well RIP



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