ASUU May Begin Strike Today

From tomorrow, universities classrooms across the country may again be shut to academic activities, following the failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement it reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Members of the union yesterday served a notice to begin an indefinite strike if the government failed to meet the November 22 deadline they had earlier given for the implementation of the agreement.

Also at the weekend, Dr. Clement Chup, the Chairman of the University of Abuja chapter of ASUU decried what he described as “government’s insensitivity to issues bordering on the education sector.”

Chup said the Federal Government had, during the one-week warning strike in September, promised to mplement the agreement.

According to Chup, having made the promise, the NEC met and fixed a meeting for November 30, an additional one week grace to review government’s position.

The ASUU chief said less than a week to November 22 promised by the Federal Government, ASUU had not been called for any meeting.

His words: “Failure of government to keep to its promise will amount to an indefinite strike after NEC meeting since strike is the only language preferred by the Federal Government.”

Chup, who said the Federal Government had only implemented the salary component of the agreement noted that funding and amendment of certain laws affecting operations at the universities have been left out.

“The current struggle by ASUU for better funding of the nation’s universities is to enhance good teaching and learning environment,” he said

Chup, therefore, called for the intervention of stakeholders to forestall the pending strike in the interest of the students and the falling nation’s educational system.

He said funding and amendment of certain laws to address some contradicting issues affecting staff and operations of universities were components yet to be met in the 2009 agreement.

The union also threatened to withdraw its members from the campuses over what it called ‘’government’s illegal dissolution of the governing councils of universities.

Rising from a zonal meeting of the union yesterday at Federal University of Technology Minna (FUT), the union, in a statement by the Abuja Zonal Cordinator, Dr. Abu Mallam, deployed the continued refusal of the Federal Government to fully implement the agreement it signed in October 2009.

The zonal meeting, which had the executives of three federal and four state-owned universities in attendance appealed to its national executive council (NEC) to reconvene and take an action to save the system from total collapse.

ASUU had, last month, embarked on a one-week warning strike forcing the Federal Government to request the union to grant it till tomorrow to implement the agreement.

The union, however, lamented government’s non-chalance towards  the agreement, despite appeals from the Union and other well-meaning Nigerians.

It  further stated that rather than working towards the implementation of the agreement, both the Federal Government and some state governments had dissolved the Governing Councils of the institutions, stressing that the dissolution did not follow due process.

The statement called for the re-instatement of all dissolved councils to enable the councils complete their various terms, or the union may be forced to call its members out of the classrooms again.

The statement reads: “The union requests the Federal Government to ensure complete implementation of the FGN/ASUU 2009 Agreement on or before November 22 to avoid industrial disharmony.”

Source: The Nation Newspaper


  1. What a country! God please come and save our sinking country. Since 2009, what implementation, planning and budgeting cant be done under 2 n half years. I dont care policy of our govt and their cajolic empty promises. What am concerned about is the provision of world standard facillities in our institutions and affordable school fees cos this is the labour of our heroes past, please dont let it be in vain. I love Nigeria.
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  2. President Jonathan was once part of d struggle,how could he have forgot so soon?Great Nigerian students,this is d time to act&let d fed.govt realises it has failed us.ASUU as d only opposition party in d nationwill not relent.ALUTA CONTINUA…VICTORIA ASCERTA…

  3. Gud day Nigerians.Our leaders pls do sowething about dis issue becos theyhave gotten their ownfamilies else where on dis world do u espect dem 2 d money 2 take care of their families if u dont paid them.Everywhere we talk of boko haram if u dont careful another group of people would come up worser than boko haram.Remember u hav some of us as ur children mate at home nd u wouldnt want dem 2 surffer.if u dont careful those ur children u spend so much money on wil definately become poor people children servant bcos God is there watching us.Think!!!.

  4. …….’for u shall know d truth nd d truth shall set u free.’ Not only knowing d truth but doing wat d truth says. ‘Agreement, is agreement my fellow leaders. If the FG of Nigeria actually signed dat agreement, I see no reason why they delay the fulfilment. ‘D delay of justice is an injustice.’ let us help d poor students of our nation by reacting fast to dis agreement MR PRESIDENT. I luv my country.

  5. Fed.govt. U pples shld b disappointd in urself, wen u wnt a positn u beg make empty promise, wen u get dere u turn urself 2 a beast… Most of u, ur children study aboard dats Y u’r nt concern. Since 2009 u’v b promising n failin if strike is d only language u pple undastand ASUU shld go 4it but it wil affect d student. A student dat ought 2spend 5yrs in skul is nw spendin 8yrs jt bcos of strike. Our leaders change bcos wat happen in Ghana would soon happen Nigeria if u dnt change…

  6. I think there are two major reasons why our so called leaders cannot address this matter properly. (1) none of their children is here studying in Nigeria. That’s why they don’t care what the educational system is turning into. They wuld rather consider ur cries and complains as public ranting. (2) Illiteracy is still a very big disease in the heart of our so called leaders. That’s why a public figure cannot even differentiate between exclusive list, concurrent list and residual list. Both the federal and state government juxtaposs these legislative powers. The British officials who led the groundwork of administration in this country must be very disappointed. The corrupt tendencies in the minds of our government officials can never allow them to listen to the cries of the poor masses in this country. How can Nigerian government open their mouth and say that our graduates are not employable? You destroyed the educational system and you think the students will perform magic? Old fools.

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