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News - South East - Abia Updated: February 15, 2024

Nationwide strike imminent as ASUU raises concerns over failed promises

By Adekunle Obas
February 15, 2024
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed alarm over the failed promises of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration to address the issues that could lead to a nationwide strike.

The union's National President, Emmanuel Osodeke, made this known at a press conference in Umuahia, Abia State after the National Executive Council meeting held at the Niger Delta University.

Osodeke stated that ASUU reviewed its engagements with both Federal and State Governments to address the deteriorating conditions in public universities and the nation at large.

The union expressed concern over the increasing number of Nigerian academics facing work-related stress and chronic pauperization due to failed promises by the government and the general economic climate.

ASUU highlighted several issues including the renegotiation of the FGN/ASUU 2009 agreement, withheld salaries, arrears of earned academic allowances, dissolution of governing councils, implementation of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), core curriculum minimum academic standards, proliferation of universities, victimisation at Federal University of Technology, Owerri, TETFund intervention, underfunding of universities, and deepening socio-economic crisis.

Osodeke emphasized that the FGN/ASUU agreement dates back to 2009 and the union has been without a renegotiated agreement for 15 years.

The Federal Government has been evasive on the payment of backlog Earned Academic Allowances, despite allocations in the 2023 Budget for federal universities.

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ASUU called on the government to address the deepening socio-economic crisis, particularly the insecurity situation, and urged the acceleration of the process to establish a minimum living wage as demanded by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

Additionally, the union urged the government to review all IMF/World Bank-sponsored economic policies that are adversely affecting the quality of life for Nigerians.

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