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ASUU Gives FG 21 days Ultimatum, Threatens Fresh Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday threatened to embark on another round of industrial action follow­ing “government’s unfaithful­ness” in implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoU) it signed with the union that led to the suspension of the last strike.

ASUU National President, Pro­fessor Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this after the union’s National Ex­ecutive Council (NEC) meeting at the University of Abuja on November 13 and 14, 2021.

Osodeke urged Nigerians to hold the Federal Government responsible should they fail to address the issues within three weeks.

The union lamented that de­spite its meeting with the Minis­ter of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on October 14, 2021, onthemajoroutstandingis­sues including funding for revit­alisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Ac­countability Solution (UTAS), promotion arrears, renegotia­tion of 2009 ASUU-FGN agree­ment, and the inconsistencies in IPPIS payment, the issues are still lingering.

Osodeke said, “ASUU is fully committed to upholding aca­demic integrity in our universi­ties and working to make them more globally competitive. We are equally committed to pro­moting industrial harmony in the Nigerian university system foras long as all stakeholdersare willing and committed to play their parts.

“We call on all vice-chancel­lors, as the main drivers of the system, tojoinusinthismission to safeguard the waning image of our universities.

“They have no business trading honorary degrees and academic positions for personal and immediate gains; thereby smearing the collective integri­ty of committed scholars and other patriots who are working day and night to uplift the system that produced them. Continue Reading

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