Welcome to HausaToday compilation of the latest news on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike for today, 25th July 2022.
HausaToday reports that universities lecturers have been on strike since February 14, 2022 over unresolved issues with the federal government.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the lingering strikes would not end until responsible and responsive people are in government.
In a statement on Sunday by the Chairman, ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, said only the signing and implementation of a renegotiated 2009 Agreement will end the ongoing strike.
Akinwole said that ASUU members had sacrificed so much on their welfare, lamenting that the Federal Government owed their members over nine-year allowances.
He stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has failed to honour the Memorandum of Understanding and the Memorandum of Action signed with the union.
Akinwole stated that Nigeria is in the hands of incompetent people due to the collective negligence of Nigerians.
After a long period of shying from its avowed objectives of promoting and protecting the interests of its members and affiliates, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) let out a flicker of “Aluta!” when it issued a notice of a nationwide protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other unions in Nigeria’s public university sector. While NLC stayed aloof and played possum, it was right to ask of the utility of a congress whose favourite refrain is “solidarity forever” yet couldn’t fraternize with distressed comrades forced to down tools for five months running. With the due date of the two-day protest inching closer, the Federal Government has since entered panic mode, apparently using all manners of tricks to dissuade the umbrella body of workers in the country from defending public universities. We cannot but question why the labour congress waited till this time to protest against the government’s careless treatment of ASUU and other unions in the tertiary education sector. Ordinarily, organized labour should be citizens’ voice against marginalization, poor economic policies that are perceived to bring hardship upon the people, oppression, or welfare of workers and others. Unfortunately, NLC had been playing possum on these noble roles.