Why ASUU again embarked on nation-wide strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, March 9, commenced a fresh strike action, its first in the year 2020.

Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the union’s president, said the nationwide strike will be in place for two weeks.

Ogunyemi said ASUU had to go on strike again following the federal government’s alleged failure to honour the agreements it had with the union.

He announced the commencement of the strike action at the end of the National Executive Council meeting (NEC) held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Agbani, near Enugu, the state capital.

According to Ogunyemi, the union decided to embark on the strike to compel the federal government to implement the agreements it has failed to implement.

A month ago, the disagreement between ASUU and the federal government took a new dimension as the union said it had commenced national mobilisation for strike action against the federal government.

The union had said the move was as a result of the failed implementation of an agreement it reached with the union by the federal government.

This was disclosed by the chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Professor Deji Omole.

He lamented that successive governments in Nigeria have positioned themselves to make Nigeria retrogressive.

Going further, the association alleged that the federal government is a serial defaulter and bad example for Nigerian youths.

Prof. Ogunyemi, ASUU boss

In another report, the federal government has disclosed that lecturers on its payroll who are not registered on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) will not be paid salaries for the month of February.

Zainab Ahmed, the minister of budget and national planning, who made the disclosure on Thursday, March 5, said up to 55% of ASUU members are registered in the IPPIS scheme.

She accused lecturers who have not registered in the payroll system of resisting the implementation of the scheme.

Also, the proposed Sexual Harassment of Students in Tertiary Educational Institution Prohibition Bill has pitched the Youth Alive Foundation (YAF) against the ASUU.

While YAF is in support of the bill, ASUU is proposing a review of existing laws on sexual harassment in tertiary institutions rather than formulating new ones.

ASUU national president, Professor Ogunyemi, stated this at a public hearing in the Nigerian Senate on Monday, February 17 organised by the Senate committee on judiciary, human rights and legal matters headed by Senator Bamidele Opeyemi from Ekiti state.

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