Senate blames ASUU strike on FG

THE Federal Government came under serious attack, yesterday, by the Senate over the strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, just as it warned against what it termed foot- dragging and bureaucratic bottleneck on the part of the government.

The Senate, while accusing the Federal Government of being responsible for the strike by the university teachers, stressed that government’s continued delay in the full implementation of the agreement reached with ASUU in 2009 was responsible for the strike.

Speaking when the Education Minister, Professor Rukuayyatu Ahmed Rufai, appeared before the Senate Committee on Education, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Uche Chukwumerije (PDP, Abia South) warned that the National Assembly and Nigerians were not prepared for excuses from the government.

Also yesterday, the Senate rejected excuses by the minister in implementing the 2009 agreement reached with ASUU, when she tried to explain, adding that the explanations were not tenable.

Chukwumerije, who warned the government against foot-dragging on the implementation of the agreement reached with ASUU in 2009, said: “I wonder why it is taking the Federal Government almost three years to implement the agreement reached with the academic staff and even settles all the contentious issues.

”This is December and in few weeks time, we will be in 2012. It took a judgment by the Supreme Court before the matter on the illegal sack of University of Ilorin teachers could be implemented; do you also want us to wait for another four years on this?”

Rufai, who had explained that most of the nine-point demands had been implemented while the eighth had got to the stages of implementation, stressed that the real bone of contention was the content of the retirement age bill that merged universities with all other tertiary institutions.

Adding that the processes that all the issues have to pass through caused the delay, but which ASUU is kicking against.

Source: Vanguard Newspapers



  1. may God help us from the hands of despotic and avaricious leaders who steal our money to send their children abroad to school allowing the poor youths to combat with strike actions, nobody, not even the law makers are taking this serious, later they will organise conference and share our money in the name of delivering lectures that education is the bedrock of our nation, posterity will never never forgive this men without conscience……

  2. ASUU, Pls u have to be considerate,70yrs is too much.Don’t you have plans for your graduate? As for the federal Govt.,they have to be up and doing,if they realy mean well for the masses.pls the strike should stop….

  3. Asuu let me tell you,that is slefishness to put 70year as retirement age,pleasle asuu what is your plans for young graduates,so after school iwill wait when a man working at the age of 30 to reach 70 bfore i appy for job in the education sector,God 4bid,FG look into that 70yrs matter please

  4. Pls and pls. . .make una shut up.
    GOD BLESS ASUU 4 d strike jor.
    Am a 300l futminna elect engr…jst finished wit ‘swep’..need at least 2mnth break.
    Once again tnx 4 d strike.
    Make sure u dnt allow FG convince u until march 2012