Nigerian universities may face disruption in their academic calendars should the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) makes good its threat of a nationwide strike. ASUU said government has reneged on the 2009 agreement it reached with it, a reason for its fresh grouse.
Olusoji Sowande, coordinator of the union in Lagos, said government’s recalcitrance had made the strike inevitable.
He said the 2009 FG/ASUU agreement, memorandum of understanding (MOU) on funding of state universities, breaches of the conditions of service and re-negotiation of the agreement, were still pending.
“The review of the agreement should have been undertaken in 2012 and 2015 but that did not happen,” he said.
“The implication is that our union has shown enough patriotism and understanding on these matters in the last four years.
“We are perplexed and disappointed that both the federal and state governments are not responding to our consistent appeals to bring about genuine transformation in the education sector.
“It is unfortunate that the only language government appears to respect and listen to is that of industrial action.” He said despite Education minister Adamu Adamu’s assurance that government would fulfil its promise to the lecturers in two weeks, nothing had been done.