Nigerian Students hoping to quickly round up their Education programmes may have to wait longer as members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have threatened again to embark on another strike.
Last month ASUU gave the Federal Goverment a three-week ultimatum to fufil it promise made to the union over unpaid salaries, allowances and other related issues.
The Union has once again say it will embark on an indefinite industrial action until the Federal Goverment fufil it promise to the Union.
At seperates parts of the country the Union held a briefings on Friday in order to pass across their grieveances while unanimously calling on well-meaning Nigerians to intervene and plead the Federal Goverment honour their promises towards the Union.
The Lecturers maintained that the Memorandum of action (MoA) signed with the Union some months ago has to be fulfiled.
At the end of a meeting of the Ibadan Zone of ASUU held at the University of Ilorin, the zonal coordinator, Professor Oyebamiji Oyegoke, said the union has been pushed to the wall over the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) reached with the government in 2020.
Oyegoke said:“Government, by its piecemeal implementation of the contentious issues in the MoA of 2020, is not sincere in fulfilling its part of the agreement.
“Selective treatment of issues in dispute instead of a comprehensive approach will no longer be acceptable to our members; we shall no longer take the issue of welfare of our members for granted.
“Any treatment of MoA of 2020 that precludes its full implementation and rejection of IPPIS will be incomplete. If it has taken ASUU’s position of resuming a suspended strike action to rouse the government from its sleep of non-implementation of the MoA of 2020, one needs to ask, how many of such reminders should ASUU give before its demands are met?
“It is on the basis of the failure of government to meet up with the promises made as attested to in the MoA of 2020 that the union is calling on Nigerians to intervene at this critical moment. The demands of the union are realistic and holistic in the common interest of the country’s educational and developmental pursuits. If nothing is done, we will be left with no other choice than to withdraw our services until reason prevails.”
Nigerians have expectedly began to react to issues sorrounding ASUU and the Goverment.
A Lecturer of one the Nigerian Universities who pleaded on anonimity said : “It’s an embarrassment to the Nigerian Community and a shame that the Federal Goverment chooses actions that will scrumble the Education system of the country.”
He added ” The whole truth of the matter is that they(Federal Goverment) don’t have their children in the Nigerian Universities. Many of them are either in the US or Canada”
Nigerians also laments that “why must ASUU and Goverment disagree over issues almost every year?