ASUU Denies Calling Off Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has dismissed claims by the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruquyyatu Rufa’I, that the university teachers would call off their 50-day-old strike Monday, describing it as imaginative and speculative.
Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU, Dr. Olusegun Ajiboye, in a chat with THISDAY said the lecturers would not return to work until the Federal Government meets all the demands of the union.
Ajiboye declared that the strike, as ordered by the national leadership of the union, was still on-going, indefinite and total until the Federal Government substantially implemented the agreement reached with the union in 2009.
He commended the National Assembly for passing the bill putting the retirement age of university lecturers at 70 years.
“That the Union is aware of the passage of the 70 years retirement age by the two houses of the National Assembly. However, we are quick to point out that a bill becomes a law only when it is accented to by the President. Our Union is still awaiting the law,” he said.
He urged parents not allow their wards to travel on dangerous Nigerian roads as the strike was still on.
Ajiboye listed other item in the agreement that must be implemented before the strike could be called off to include university autonomy particularly constitution of university governing councils, payment of earned allowances, and other welfare matters.
Apart from the retirement age, other issues outstanding include: University autonomy (presently Governing Councils of all Federal universities have been dissolved), funding of universities – this is of very serious concern to our union due to the level of degradation in those universities, payment of earned allowances and other welfare matters to our members. Government needs to show seriousness with regard to the above outstanding issues,” he said.
The ASUU chairman therefore called on parents and other well-meaning Nigerians to impress it upon the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU as it is enshrined in the 2009 agreement.
“The general public, especially parents and guardians and indeed all Nigerians are hereby called upon to impress it on the government to meet the demands of ASUU as it is enshrined in the 2009 agreement. Consequently, parents and guardians are advised to keep their children and wards at home until the strike is formally called off by the Union.
Please do not subject your children and wards to the hazards of Nigerian roads when the universities are still closed,” he pleaded.



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