The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it will hold a meeting with its members before deciding on its next line of action after its three-week ultimatum to the Federal Government expired.
Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU President, said this in an interview on Tuesday.
ASUU had on 15 November issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to implement the signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) or it would resume its industrial action.
The ultimatum ended on Monday with government hardly meeting the demands of the lecturers.
Speaking on the development, Osodeke lamented that the government has only been able to partly implement one of the six demands of the union.
He said the union has not decided to go on strike, although he did not rule out the possibility of it happening.
“What we said is that we are giving the government three weeks to resolve the problems. If they fail to do so in three weeks, we will take action. That’s what we said, we didn’t mention anything about strike or not but it’s part of the option which my union will decide,” Osodeke said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
“We gave the government three weeks to implement issues in our MoA and MoU. And after that three weeks, the union will meet to take further action. We didn’t mention the strike.
“The principal and national officers of the union don’t have the power to call for a strike. It is the members, starting from branches.
“The three weeks ended on Sunday and we met on Sunday and we are going to our branches as usual for them to give us the mandate on what to do and what type of action we should take now that the three weeks have expired.
“Only one out of the 6 items has been partly implemented and that’s the revitalisation fund, where they told us they have released N20 billion to some of the universities that were successful in the process of evaluating what to do with the money. That’s all they have done, all others have not been implemented.
“The union has been patient with them since August, but now that they have failed to implement what they promised.”