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ASUU calls on FG to implement agreement to avert strike

The President, Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU, Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie, has warned the Federal Government to urgently implement the 2009 agreement, in order to avert another round of strike.

It will be recalled that the lecturers had on Sept. 26 embarked on a two-week warning strike, to press home their demands— as contained in the agreement.

The lecturers are demanding for an extension of the retirement age of professors from 65 years to 70 years, funds for research and development, improved facilities and improved staff welfare.

Awuzie said that at the expiration of the warning strike, government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the union, promising to meet the demands by November.

“I want to believe that government is just not being sincere about this whole issue. November is almost gone and as I talk to you, no action has been taken concerning our demands.

“It is not like we are the ones that chose the November date. They gladly said they would do everything in two months time and we asked if the two months would be okay for them, which they affirmed.

“But from every indication, I feel what they did then was just to paint a picture of seriousness to the general public which never was; but we are also prepared for them,“ he said.

The union leader added that very soon, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the union would meet to deliberate on the next line of action.

Awuzie called on well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the Federal Government, adding that the union would not be held responsible for whatever steps the NEC might come out with.

“Government is forcing us to go on strike, even when we are resisting it.


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