Â By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE striking members of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU South East zone, yesterday, called on state governments in the zone to urgently implement the Federal Government-ASUU agreements of 2009Â to facilitate early resumption of academic activities in the state-owned universities.
ASUU members at the Abia State University, ABSU, Evan Enwerem University, EEU, Anambra State University, ANSU, Ebonyi State Univeristy, EBSU and Enugu State University, ESUT embarked on an indefinite strike since July 22, 2010 to press for the full implementation of the Federal GovernmentÂ – ASUU agreements in the state-owned universities.
The union said the agreement which centred on funding of the public universities, university autonomy and conditions of service among other issues, had not been implemented in any of the fiveÂ state universities in the South East since last year, a development that forced the lecturers to embark on strike about two weeks ago.
Briefing reporters on the ongoing strike in Enugu yesterday, National President of ASUU, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie said the non-implementation of the agreement by governments of the South East states had seriously impeded the growth of the universities in the zone.
Awuzie, who was represented by Dr. Emmanuel Osodeke, leader of the strike coordinating committee, said that the strike was to demonstrate the unionâ€™s commitment to ensure that state universities in the zone were brought to the level expected of them in the committee of other universities in the country and beyond.