By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa — The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, weekend, warned that it might be forced to embark on strike to press home its demand for the implementation of the 2009 agreement with the Federal Government on the amendment of the Pensions Act and 70 years retirement age.
ASUU, Benin zone, which dropped the hint at the end of its zonal meeting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said: “Efforts to persuade the government to respect this aspect of the agreement had fallen on deaf ears.”
The union, which identified undue wastage in government spending over the years as the bane of the sector, urged the Federal Government to avoid wastages to guarantee the funding of universities in the country.
In a statement by Sunday Ighalo, Anthony Monye-Emina, Beke Sese, Emmanuel Mordi and Rim Ruke, at the end of its meeting in Yenagoa, ASUU lamented the non-implementation of its 2009 agreement with the Federal Government on the amendment of the Pensions Act and 70 years retirement age.
It said: “Efforts to persuade the government to respect this aspect of the agreement had fallen on deaf ears. The union is now left with no other option than to call its members out on an appropriate action to protect the sanctity of that agreement.”
The Benin Zone also called on the national executive committee of ASUU to call an emergency meeting and take appropriate action on the matter to stop individual chapters from taking their own course of action.
ASUU called on parents, stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the Federal Government to respect and implement the agreement without further delay.
According to the union, the Federal Government had earlier created a ruse that both Houses of the National Assembly had passed the Pension Amendment Bill and the agreement was, therefore, under serious threat.