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ASUU threatens to begin fresh indefinite strike, accuses FG of deceit

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may soon ground activities again in Nigerian Universities over its long-drawn-out disagreement with the Federal Government.

The threat is contained in a statement released on Friday, February 4, 2022, in which the Union accused the Federal Government of being deceitful and not showing any commitment to honor any of the agreements between both parties.

The statement, signed by Dr Lazarus Maigoro, the Chairman of the union, University of Jos branch, also regrets the fact that after several meetings with the FG, the Union’s demands are yet to be met.

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Meanwhile, ASUU commends the Inter-religion Council’s intervention geared towards resolving the impasse.

ASUU threatens to begin fresh indefinite strike, accuses FG of deceit

The statement reads, “In the last one year, our Union has been engaged with the federal government and its officials over demands which, if met, would lift the standard of our battered tertiary institutions, especially the universities.

“The undisputed crisis in our educational sector has met, as with other consequences, nothing but the same response. Our union states very clearly that we appreciate the interest demonstrated by the Nigerian Inter-religion Council with a view to resolving the current impasse.

The Union expressed that there’s no point returning to negotiation table with a party that has refused to act after several recommendations.

It continues, “However, it is not rational to continue to return to the same physician for the cure of an ailment iatrogenically introduced by him or one in which he has failed to cure or bring relief to his patient.

“From historical experience, we can conclude that NIRECs efforts with agents of government will be more prone to bringing further pain and anguish to the system. This will surely be the case if NIREC’s intervention ends with a palliative solution. This will lead to another phase of the same crisis. For the avoidance of doubt, our Union ASUU, has had several meetings with the Minister of Labour, Officials of the Federal Ministry of Education, the NUC, and NITDA and, very recently with the Chief of Staff to the President.

“All these meetings have not calmed our members as the following issues still remain unresolved.

“The recent comments by the spokesman to the President, Mr. Femi Adesina that government will keep to the promises, rings very hollow to us. The government’s pattern of response to the issues is that of a serial promise-breaker.

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“Like an unfaithful spouse, they are unable to match their words with action which is affecting the education sector negatively. We are tired of their deceit and IT IS TIME FOR US TO ACT. We want to inform Nigerians, that we are tired of fruitless meetings with the Minister of Labour, NUC Executive Secretary, Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, NITDA, and the Chief of Staff to the President.

“If they ever want us to listen to them, they should first of all act on the promises they have already made.

“In the meantime, we are resolved to proceed on an indefinite and comprehensive strike until fidelity returns to our relationship with the government and our demands are met. We are tired of the back and forth,” it concluded.

Recall that in November 2021, ASUU made a similar threat to embark on an indefinite trike but the FG quickly responded with a promise to address the basic demands of the Union within seven days.