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.”