ASUU Strike Shuts Down Nigerian Universities

The ASUU strike action in a surprising twist grounded academic activities in Nigerian universities to a halt as universities across the country halted all academic activities. The union has made it clear that they have no plans of calling off the ASUU strike until their demands are met by the federal government.

ASUU is asking government to improve university’s funding, review the process of appointing Vice-Chancellors, review the retirement of lecturers to 70 years among others.

President of ASUU, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from his Abuja base on the ASUU strike, said “there is no going back until government showed some level of commitment to implementing the agreement. Government had firmly assured that they would look into the issue in November and we were all hopeful that they would do something, having signed the MoU.

“We are surprised that they still could not live up to their promise yet again, maybe they are just playing games with us. As a result of this, I had to meet with the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the union, which then decided to embark on this strike”.

The University of Ibadan UI which had completed their semester examinations also joined other universities across the country in implementing the ASUU strike action.

According to the UI branch chairman of ASUU, Dr. Olusegun Ajiboye, the ASUU strike in UI was total. Ajiboye said “Although the university had concluded all examinations, no academic staff would participate in any board meeting, university seminar or conference, or in the ongoing registration of the newly-admitted students of the university or any activity requiring the input of academic staff.”

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  • Asuu Strike definite strike is dat d best way 2 move our government it wil afect d student seriously u knw xpecialy d final year and d jambite. Pls Ukachukwu Awuzie NEC and FG lets tink twice.

  • Strike has become the general language of all nigerians, yet the federal govt.semes not to understand this language. Pls F.G make una beta do something o…, the furture generation lies on the implimentation of Asuu demands. If ur universities are nt up 2 d standard, what will bcome off our graduate 2morw?

  • Its unfortunet that ASUU embark on dis indefinite strike to say,but to me strike is not the final option for settlement let look 4 alternative for a civilise country like ours(Nigeria)

  • It is very wrong for the federal government to pay lip service to the educational sector after all their promises during their electionaira period, they have to look back and do something about this decay.

  • dats so unfair of d nigerian govt.pls dis need to b attended to cos education s d principl thing now.i wonder y n dis country,it s only d citizens dat suffers d failures n weakneses of our govt.i wil stil say it again”dats so unfair”

  • dats so unfair of d nigerian govt.pls dis need to b attended to cos education s d principl thing and sud b treated so important.i wonder y n dis country,it s only d citizens dat suffers d failures n weakneses of our govt.i wil stil say it again”dats so unfair”

  • assu we the student rily appreciate the effort you are making to improve nigeria standard of enducation,but embarking on strike is that the best solution. Let think twice.

  • It is absolutly appalling that in an era of this kind when mordenization,economic and socio-human development is being embraced by every nation of the world that a stike action is still pronunced in this country.Shame on Nigeria! This is the game partern we were used to when i was much younger. It is really jawdropping that it is still considered as the only language th FG understands for it to play its role in moving the country forward. Shame on the FG! Why make this country have this cascading trend? It’s just been a one step forward,five steps backward movement! Please FG,do something and rescue this devastating cankerworm that is eating up this country very fast. I know the FG has all it takes to put a perpectual end to this. We can’t continue having this consistently inconsitent academic partern. How are we going to compete with the intellectual demand of this age across the globe? I think this has gotten to its terminal point. We don’t want strikes any longer,ASUU take note and FG take heed!

  • To be sinsied this strike is not impruving our learning processes, but rader its decreasing our learning processes so the fedgvmnt shuold do the right tin at the right time.

  • F.G y cant u pipol fufile d pledge being made to asuu? Am very disapointed being a nigerian. Becos i discova dat must of dis top politician do send dere love ones abroad to acquired quality education. Y dgrading our educational sector, i also made to undastand dat d best university so far in dis nation is nt among first six thousand in d world. While in Africa we r nt first two hundred. Nigerian political leader wot r we doing when we call our sef giant of Africa? We only pay atension to foreign policy when our internal issues has nt been solved. Charity begins at home; lets take example from Ghana and South Africa to give our pipol quality education so dat other nations wil travel to Nigeria nt us traveling to dere nation seeking 4 quality education. A word is enough 4 a wise! God should transform Nigeria.

  • where are going with all this, why is the federal treating the masses like this, thats unfair. But ASSU, for the sake of the incoming students you guys should do something please i plead..

  • In all of these, u our fathers & mothers r to blame. U, our fathers, mothers, ur relatives, ur friends,etc. r at the helm of affairs of this nation today. So be careful with ur choice of words, b’cos u’re responsible for whatever decadence exists in this nation today.

  • our rulers they are very selffecios
    bcos they can put what ever thier
    need front them,but they dont careabout our demand,Allah yasa tabare kowa ya rasa.Amin

  • If we talk from now till the next century, nothing is going to happen. These people are Pharaohs of old Egypt. Their heart against the masses is thickly hardened. The Nigerian students should sue these beasts to court for gambling with our futures and intentionally destroying the educational sector in this country. Simply because their own children and relatives are abroad. If we don’t take such action, things will remain the same because they sees our cries here as ‘ public ranting’. And ASUU has virtually nothing to do in this matter. The only avenue according to the country’s pattern of administration is STRIKE.

  • 9ja, a country where d govt. Promises & fail, where they kill thousand to warn one, where they pamper govt.embezzlers, encourage bribe, suffer innocent,… All we need is revolution…. Are u ready?

  • I’ve lost count of times i hear u, our fathers & mothers say ‘in our own time’, i’ve lost count of times i hear u compare the present situation of things to the past when our grannies & Britons were in charge, but i haven’t lost the fact that those days were nothing like these. What can we do but beg u, don’t come home daily or monthly with wealth gotten from the agonizing sweat of ur colleagues, juniors, superiors, customers,etc come home, with a clear conscience, with ur justified reward for ur daily job. We’ll manage, appreciate & learn to manage from u, there’s no crime in not having enough, the problem is ur lack of satisfaction (something we’re inheriting from u).

  • ASUU Strike shuold not be a suprise to anybody.i personally congratulate ASUU for inteligent decision the Federa government must dance ur music if not President Jonthan manifesto is defeated.

  • d Nigeian politicle ccisstem is one of d must denjarows politicle ccisstem in d world FG,Federal thiefs ASUU pls be wis in dealing wit dis irrational crowel thiefs who callde them selfs politicians ASUU i kn dat action is d languege of a stobon manager but beg 4 ur indogeans

  • We are already reaping the fruits of the incessant strike actions in the educational sector.Imagine the horrible and disgusting grammar usage, spellings and comments of today’s students, nay readers(who invariably are tomorrow’s leaders).These ones should be in GST 101 Use of English classes but alas they are deprived the chance,hence,they pour this voculabularious venom on the government and general public.We are reaping already what we are still sowing.WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE? Imagine any of these ones becoming a political leader tomorrow via crooked means, then we are SIMPLY DONE FOR! I bet that we would have many more ‘Patience Jonathans’ in the already evolving future.May Heaven help us.

  • Gej, wat transformation are u carrying out wen our universities, civil service, economy is xterized by strike. If u know u can’t lead, beta resign. I c God giving us beta leader than u do.

  • pls,federal gvt ur promises to improve the educational sector of Nigeria have to be fulfilled or else the masses will not believe in you again bcos of this disappointment and embarrassment to all Nigerians both at home and beyond.pls and pls consider the future of the leaders of 2morrow.

  • ME 2 AM REALLY TIRED OF THE WORD CALLED STRIKE,U KNOW WHAT, U SEE OUR LEADER I MEAN THE MINISTERS THEIR KIDS ARE NOT STUDYING HERE IN NIGERIA THAT’S Y THEY ARE LEFT COSINE,U SEE IF ONLY THE YOUTH CAN STAND UP AND BRING THEIR OFFICES DOWN I SWEAR THEY WILL NOT ANSWER US,ALSO WE SHOULD ALL STOP VOTING FOR ANY FUCKING POLITICIAN IF WE SEE DEM DOING THEIR CAMPAIGN WE SHOULD STONE DEM TO DEATH UNLESS THEY CHANGE AND BRING THEIR CHILDREN BACK TO NIGERIA FOR THEM TO FINISH THEIR EDUCATION,BECAUSE I DON.T SEE Y WE SHOULD BE HAVING STRIKE EVERY WHERE IN OUR NATION NIGERIA THANK YOU..GOD BLESS NIGERIA

  • It ȋ̝̊̅§ nt it asuu,U̶̲̥̅̊ ‎​ guys α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ jst being self-centered and unfair,basically because U̶̲̥̅̊Ʀ wards α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ either I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ private institutions or abroad,but U̶̲̥̅̊ ‎​ all do tins and 4get dat der ȋ̝̊̅§ A̶̲̥̅ 2morw and A̶̲̥̅ God 2 judge and 2 the federal govtment,‎​Ɯα†̥ ȋ̝̊̅§ U̶̲̥̅̊Ʀ problem?why α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ U̶̲̥̅̊ ‎​ all so inconsiderate? U̶̲̥̅̊ ‎​ guys α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ bunch of senseless idiots wit no human feelings 4  masses,it jst A̶̲̥̅ matter of time,U̶̲̥̅̊ ‎​ areb yet 2 cee the other side of the youth

  • why are we born citizens ov nigeria with no sence ov belongin? why shud d fed. govt neglect its principal obligations, why are our universities not served with their demands?……… where is mr president, where are our leaders, WHERE IS OUR NATION?

  • ASUU Member please consider some student that are writing exams in some institution so as they finish there paper. Because of how stiff-necked our government is.

  • ASUU continued the strike until when Federal government take serious action. Becouse no govt.if no academic.

  • If federal govt should grant this ASUU selfish desire, the federal govt should do it on the condition of no more contract term to lecturers after retirement so that there can be vacancy for the employment of new people as this will also help to tackle the rate of unemployment.

  • everyone knows the country is under serious pressure, faced with many issues. ASUU should calm down, contribute their quota and forget the idea of demanding for their our share of the national cake. Embarking on strike because you want service year of lecturers be reviewed to 70years, you won die for service or is AWuzie does not want to retire? what does prof/lecturer of 70 years has to offer again except taking advantage of the younger ones. The management of ASUU should think twice oooo for the sake of the youths.

  • Ironically, it’s cleared and we appreciated that Mr. Y’s n Z’s vision 2020 for poverty eradication, education, water n power supply,security, unemployment… have started been achieving! Good job but wait 4 ur eternal regretful life!!

  • Am not com 4table wit 9ja cox d promix made is complete misleading.our educatn is disarray.ASu dont relent no mata d pleadin.2day our youths nolonga study here bcox qualitative learning remain unchek,y bcox if u pay me wel den d job is don.mr presido@co listen is shame 2 fg@ d entire nation…………………….tigana

  • You can all see now dat GEJ is a total abysmall failure. If we talk now, they will bring sentiment into it.

    How can an academician like GEJ faill to understand the inpmortance of education in NATION. Well I dont blame him becos he and his other bigots sends their children abroad, and making sure the line of succession is within their cacaus reached by further plaquing our education sector into red.

  • My People, It is only in Nigeria that those who can not employ themselves want to work for Govt and even REGULARLY go on strike to halt their retirement.Professors professing nothing, Typists typing nothing, Drivers driving nothing, even Politicians failing elections want to retire at 70yrs or even 90yrs. ASUU should stop this Nonsense strike and retire at 55yrs like in the private sector where we retired at 50-54yrs to become self employed as Consultants and are better OFF for it.Easiest way to transform the society/economy is to limit employment by Govt,,Companies,Others to 55yrs Age Limit or 20-25yrs services which ever comes first. In this age of changing Technology, Climate etc what do you need a 55yrs+ lecturer, driver, typist, clerk, politician, mechanic,, policeman, etc for?
    The best modern Presidents are all below 55-60yrs – GEJ/Nigeria, B Obama/USA, RUSSIA, UK, FRANCE,. The evil ones were/are above 60yrs – Gaddaffi, Mugabe, Egypt, Gbagbo, Uganda, OBJ, Cameroon, Burma, etc.
    GEJ pls quickly transform Nigeria by Retiring ALL 55-60yrs plus and employing ALL 20-25yrs plus with min 180 JAMB score or equivalent. I think that’s what BOKO HARAM people are struggling to say but for their limited western education to express themselves peacefully!
    ., , .

  • ASUU. THOUGH AM AFFECTED BUT DONT RESUME TILL YOUR DEMANDS ARE MET. WHO KNOWS I CAN BECOME A LECTURER TOMORROW. FIGHT FOR A BETTER TOMORROW. FEDERAL GOVT IS PLAYING GAMES WITH ASUU AS DELTA STATE GOVT IS CUTTING DELSU WITH IMPUNITY. NAIJA WE GO SURVIVE

  • Goodluck gonathan i blame u for all this asuu thing because u have d final say in nigeria ,wat ever u tell ur workers they must do ,y then r u silent .u know what to do ,do it.

  • Nigeria as country shud hav outgrown dis stage. Sumtyms i wonder if dis leaders were eva educated at all. We’ve got all it takes to eradicate dis problem. Hw can a nation as big as Nigeria, dat is rich both in resources and manpower stil b in mediocrity. It only shows hw unlearned our leaders are. A country as Nigeria cant hav a fair and reasonable budget. Education is of paramount importance in any society, yet Nigeria cant hav up 20 to 30percent budget for educational sector, dat’s so poor. ASSU i hold up to ur end, if dis govt does’nt see it as a reasonable thing to meet ur demands, den d strike shud continue. Afterall, beign graduates 2morow does’nt jst emanate jobs for us. Dis tym dis matter has to b dealt with from d root. If dis strike wud b a step in putting to an end dis issue, den let it b.

  • Nigeria as a country shud hav outgrown dis stage. Sumtyms i wonder if dis leaders were eva educated at all. We’ve got all it takes to eradicate dis problem. Hw can a nation as big as Nigeria, dat is rich both in resources and manpower stil b in mediocrity. It only shows hw unlearned our leaders are. A country as Nigeria cant hav a fair and reasonable budget. Education is of paramount importance in any society, yet Nigeria cant hav up to 20% – 30% budget for educational sector, dat’s so poor. ASSU i hold up to ur end, if dis govt does’nt see it as a reasonable thing to meet ur demands, den d strike shud continue. Afterall, beign graduates 2morow does’nt jst emanate jobs for us. Dis tym dis matter has to b dealt with from d root. If dis strike wud b a step in putting to an end dis issue, den let it b. Ghana as a country ain’t richer dan dis nation, yet they’ve got a gud educational system, we leave dis country to other african countries jst to to b educated, and yet we pose gaint of africa. Changes starts from sumwhere, GEJ ur administration shud set a pace for others, it’s nt such a dificult thing to do.

  • it is so unfortunate dt despite d fact dt we v a president who was once a lecture,things are nt going well;academic wise.d only language dt fg understand is strike. i tnk dis will open deir eyes. for crying out loud,dis is nt a money issue

  • its so shameful 4 our universities being in strike….lets mr president and his cabinate have a disclose congregation so as to enable us continue our semester …if not dis will affect our educational standard

  • U see, ds govt.overdere dosn’t undastand onetin cos if dey do dey won’t handle a glascup as plastic cup. Dos in position now had 4gotten dat stdnts n0w ‘ll bcome leaders 2moro &whatever u do is what we see and practise invariably it showz dat we inherit dat 4rm u nd we’re going to do times4 of ds. So dat means in d next 30yrs NIGERIA as a country wil b unbearable 4 most people nd remember ur generatn is on dis pessimistic path. All gud tins require thinking THINK OF THESE THINGS.

  • Why do Nigerians especially educated ones like to dwell on illegalities. ASUU and all its members and officers should stop behaving like military outlaws! They should realizes that institutions established by Law should follow legal process. Federal institutions are governed by Federal laws, STATE institutions by various state laws and private institutions by various legal instruments that created them. ASUU Chairman calling out all university staff – and by implication students – on indefinite endless strike is an act in illegality and ignorance.Retirement age is determined by Laws of the National and State assemblies; and company ACT for private commercial institutions.Funding of universities etc should be the function of the established Governing Boards and Managements through agreed annual budgets and instruments; NOT through strikes and media war fare directly with Govt. Enough is Enough.

  • Please FG wen will u guys hav fear in God … You r so heartless to d xtnd dat u’ll allow Asuu to strike on 4mth bcoz ur so called childrn r skullin abroad wit our own money all I wil say Asuu pls hav mercy on us live d FG wit deir demonic act they shall accnt 4 it … Heartless souls

  • let d federal govt look into d matter and let something be done o,Cos dis strike is going to affect a lot of people,pls let something be done

  • i personally think its really unfair what asuu is doing to nigerian students.let them allow us graduate.infact schools not under asuu are progressing more and students from such schools are excelling and moving foward.this strike make the student loose touch with school thereby producing graduates that cant practise.we are tired asuu.strike is unfair and wicked considering the state of the nation.u r fytn a selfish cause n i hope dat schools wil leave asuu 4 gud.

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