Monday, December 9, 2013

ASUU Talks Tough, Strike Continue

ASUU Talks Tough, Strike Continue

  1. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced that it's ongoing industrial strike will continue today despite the ultimatum issued by the federal government. The Federal Government had deferred its earlier ultimatum to the lecturers to resume work on Monday (today) or risk being sacked.

    After a Sunday meeting in Ekpoma, Edo State, ASUU said the Federal Government had not met its conditions for suspending the over five months’ strike. ASUU said they are yet to confirm the N200bn the Federal Government allegedly deposited in a special account at the Central Bank of Nigeria.

    Confirming that the strike will continue, ASUU National Treasurer, Dr. Ademola Aremu, who addressed pressmen after the meeting said, “Our position has not changed because we are still on strike".

    Dr. Clement Chup, ASUU Chairman University of Abuja chapter, “We are still waiting for the government to respond to our letter; until that is done, the strike continues.

    “When the December 4 deadline was given, I said ‘I dey laugh because I knew it would not work.’ Now that they have extended it, ‘I still dey laugh’ because it will still not work. Because you (Federal Government) are not ready to honour an agreement and you will begin to threaten people with sacking; it doesn’t work that way.

    An angry lecturer who spoke anonymously to the press said, "No Jupiter will force us to go and teach until all the agreements are documented. The Federal Government is not sincere. If indeed the authorities have agreed, why will they be afraid to document what has been agreed upon?

    “Let the vice-chancellors, who can teach, go and do so. But our members are determined not to sign any attendance register tomorrow (today). The threat does not bother us, as truth will always supercede deception, lies and any form of intimidation".

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    Academic Staff Union of Universities, strike, asuu