On Monday (9th March, 2020), the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, through the Union’s National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, made the declaration of a two-week warning strike against non-payment of salaries of lecturers not enrolled in the Federal Government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS
Biodun Ogunyemi reiterated on the reasons for the immediate action, stating that, the strike action was to compel the Federal Government of Nigeria to implement the agreement and resolution of Memorandum of Action it had with the union from 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2019.
According to the National President of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, who read the declaration after the ASUU National Executive Council meeting held in Enugu State; “Having discussed the provisions in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding and the 2017 Memorandum of Action which have not been implemented, NEC resolved to embark on two weeks warning strike action with effect from Monday 9th March 2020, to compel the Government to implement the agreement and resolution.”
Currently, all different Universities under ASUU are equally expected to follow up the directive. Yesterday, ASUU-University of Uyo Chapter followed the directive.
Today (Wednesday, 11th March, 2020), ASUU -Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO Chapter after its Congress which held at the SAAT Auditorium officially joins the two-week warning strike. To resume Academic Activities on Monday, 23rd of March, 2020 as directed by ASUU NEC.
In the FUTO ASUU Congress, it was also decided that the strike is Total & Comprehensive involving Lecturers, HODs, Deans etc. This means that, there would be No Test, No Lab, No Faculty/Departmental meeting, No Exam, No Lectures not until 23rd March 2020.
The FUTO ASUU Chairman, disclosed that ASUU is not embarking on the strike because of non-payment of salaries, but because of the long overdue Memorandum of Understanding & Action made with the Federal Government since 2009.