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ASUU strike 2017: All the updates you need to know as ASUU begins nationwide indefinite strike

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Nigerian students are set for a lengthy stay at home as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has embarked on an indefinite strike action.

The lecturers decided to go on strike after an estensive deliberation at its meeting held at the University of Abuja from Friday. Consequently, the union has directed all members against going to teach or involving themselves in any academic activity, Premium Times reports.

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According to a statement signed by Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president, the union explored all means of negotiation before the decision to embark on an indefinite strike action was reached.

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The statement is expected to be made public at a press conference in Abuja on Monday morning, the news-outlet revealed. “The national executive council (NEC) of ASUU met at the university of Abuja main campus, Giri, on the 12th of August 2017 to consider the results of a referendum from all branches in a bid to ascertain ways of convincing government to implement outstanding aspects of the 2009 agreement and MoU of 2013,” it read.

The result of the referendum showed that an overwhelming majority of the branches of our union voted for the strike. “In the light of the foregoing, and having exhausted all avenues to get government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement and the 2013 MoU as well as related demands, resolved to embark on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action commencing Sunday, 13th August 2017,” the ASUU president said.

Reports also have it that ASUU had earlier tasked its branches to conduct referendum among members on whether or not an indefinite strike should be called.

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The position of the local branches on whether to proceed on a strike action was reviewed in the Abuja meeting which ended in the early hours of today, Monday August 14. The overwhelming position of the local branches was consequently adopted.

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Poor funding of universities, part-payment of salaries of lecturers and the kidnap of two lecturers of the University of Maiduguri by the Boko Haram are among major reasons for the strike action.

NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the federal government had been unable to honour its part of agreement signed with Academic Union of University (ASUU) in 2009.

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As a result of this, the union had started the process that may lead to a nationwide strike. We also reported that ASUU had started collation of signatures of members through referendum which would determine the type of strike in terms of time to embark on it.

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NANS urges FG to intervene in ASUU strike

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the Federal Government to look into the plight of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to avert the indefinite strike.

Mr Chinonso Obasi, National President, NANS made the call in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday. “It is with deep pain and regret that NANS received the news of another indefinite strike by ASUU over the Federal Government’s indifference to their plight.

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“Nigerian students sees the break down in negotiations as a further proof that political leaders don’t care about their future. ” Consequently, we wish to call on the Federal Government to do all it can to get ASUU back to the classrooms. “The demands of ASUU are reasonable and touch on the integrity of government, especially in the light of the fight against corruption,” he said.

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According to him, NANS finds it hard to believe that past governments would fail to honour agreements with members of ASUU for more than seven years. Obasi, however, said the association in the light of the foregoing gave the Federal Government 21 days to resolve outstanding issues with ASUU in the interest of longsuffering Nigerian students.

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He explained that the students would be forced to bear the brunt of the break down in the negotiation between the union and the government.

He added that NANS would be meeting in the coming week with leaders of ASUU to find out their irreducible minimum in their demands. He threatened that if by the expiration of 21days ultimatum, the issue was not resolved, Nigerian students would be forced to ground activities in the country.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ASUU on Monday officially announced the commencement of its nationwide industrial actions at a news conference held in Abuja.(NAN)

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‘I wholeheartedly support ASUU strike’ – Senator Shehu Sani

Senator Shehu Sani in a four-part Facebook post revealed his support for the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

He said those who “don’t see anything wrong when leaders flash the images of their sibling’s matriculation or graduation ceremonies in some of the world’s most prestigious or elitist universities” would not see any wrong with the striking lecturers.

The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani said this is the time for dialogue between key officials and the federal government.

He wrote: “First, I wholeheartedly support ASUU strike. Secondly, I call on the Executive to dialogue and meet up the demands of the Union. “Thirdly, the need to declare an emergency on the state of public universities, polytechnic and colleges of education is now.

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“If you don’t see anything wrong when leaders flash the images of their sibling’s matriculation or graduation ceremonies in some of the world’s most prestigious or elitist universities, you shouldn’t see anything wrong with ASUU strike and demand for a better deal for Nigerian Universities.

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“Giving some children the best of education and denying some children same is aimed at entrenching and sustaining a political, social and economic dynasty of class order.

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“Those whose children are in Oxford should think about those whose children are in Oyo; Those whose children are in Yale should think about those whose children are in Yola and Yaba; “Those whose children are in Cambridge should think about those whose children are in Kaduna; Those whose children are in Arkansas should think about those whose children are in Akoka; “Those whose children are in Princeton should think about those whose children are in Port Harcourt.

Those whose children are in Eaton should think about those whose children are in Enugu.”

The LASU chapter of the union, had yet to fully comply with the strike action. Dr Isaac Oyewunmi, who is the chairman of the chapter said in Lagos that they received the information on the strike rather late.

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According to NAN, Oyewunmi said the executive members of the chapter would meet later on Monday, August 14 and a congress would be summoned for Wednesday, to officially declare the strike in the university.


We will not join ASUU Strike – OAU Vice Chancellor

The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Eyitope Ogunbodede, says teachers of the university are not taking part in the indefinite strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Monday.

According to the vice-chancellor, the lecturers of the university have no interest in the strike and would thus continue with their academic
activities.

“OAU is not on strike. As at today, no lecturer has told me that they
want to go on strike. We are not participating in any national
strike,” Mr. Ogunbodede told PREMIUM TIMES on phone.

“If they tell me they want to go on strike, then it is a different case,
As such, I must have seen that all of my academic staff want to go on
strike.

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“In OAU, we have ‘unions’; neither of the two has told me they want to go on strike so we are not joining any strike at all.”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities split into two factions in OAU in 2016 after a group of the teachers announced the removal of Caleb Aborisade as the union’s chairman, due to a crisis over the appointment of Anthony Elujoba as acting vice-chancellor of the university.

Mr. Aborisade and a group of teachers were opposed to the process that led to the appointment of the acting vice-chancellor.

Although Mr. Aborisade refused to step down after teachers loyal to the acting vice-chancellor announced his removal, they dissolved the leadership of ASUU and announced Niyi Sunmonu as chairman of a caretaker committee in its place.

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The national body of the union however stood by Mr. Aborisade and does not recognise the caretaker committee, insisting that its appointment did not follow due process.

Ironically, Mr. Elujoba has since been replaced as vice-chancellor and is currently facing trial for alleged corruption, a development that has deepened the crisis among teachers in the university.

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But he enjoys the sympathy of the new vice-chancellor who has been mobilising support in the university against Mr. Elujoba’s trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Until the crisis, OAU had one of the most influential chapters of ASUU.

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The caretaker committee of the union is expected to toe the line of the university management over the current nationwide strike of ASUU.

PREMIUM TIMES was not able to get the reactions of Messrs. Sunmonu and Aborisade at the time of this report, as their telephone lines indicated were switched off. (asuu, asuu strike 2017, asuu strike update 2017)

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