Nigeria’s foremost trade union of university lecturers, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has vowed that its members would not resume work until their demands are fully met.
Speaking during a press conference at the University of Abuja, Gwagwalada, Abuja, on Monday, the zonal coordinator, Dr. Salawu Lawal, said there would be no resumption in public universities until the renegotiated 29 agreement is signed, implemented and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution deployed.
Lawal said that his union members were ready to go back to work as soon as all their demands were met by the federal government.
He said that it was the federal government that should be held responsible for the continued closure of public universities in the country. “You would recall that ASUU declared a four-week warning strike during its National Executive Council meeting held at the University of Lagos on February 14, 2022.”
“Owing to the failure of the federal government to act within that period, the strike action was extended for a further eight weeks on March 14 at another NEC meeting held at Festus Iyayi National Secretariat.”
Lawal explained that the industrial action embarked upon by his union was meant to “among other things, compel the federal government to sign and implement the draft negotiated 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement submitted to it by the Prof. Munzali Committee in May 2021,” as well as deploy for use in the Nigerian university system, the home-grown payment and personnel solution called UTAS developed by ASUU to replace the problematic IPPIS.