The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on Nigerians to persuade the federal government to intercept an imminent strike by fulfilling its promises.
ASUU chairman of the University of Ibadan (UI) chapter, Ayo Akinwole gave a speech on the planned industrial action in Ibadan on Tuesday during an interactive session with the press.
Akinwole, who was joined by other ASUU leadership of the University, said the government till now has not implemented the 2009 agreement which contained its members’ conditions of service, emoluments, and allowances.
“What has been subsisting in the universities since 2009 still remains the same. So, we have agreed, we’ve concluded negotiations with the government’s team in attendance in May, but yet to sign it into law,” he said.
“Rather than submitting it for the presidential ascent, what the government wants to do now is to set up another tripartite committee to look again into what took us four years to arrive at.
“This is unacceptable to our union and we are telling the public that government is playing with time bomb in respect to higher education and universities in general.”
The UI ASUU chairman stated that the intervention of the national inter-religious council inhibited the industrial action that could have occured in December 2021.
Akinwole also mentioned that there was no need for another crisis provided the government had fulfilled its promises.
He then called on the federal government to fulfill the MoA it signed back in December 2020.