ASUU Suspends Strike Conditionally, Threatens to resume Strike If...
Abasi Femi Oguntayo
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday, 7th February 2019 called off the 3 month strike action threatening to resume strike if the federal government failed to meet up with their end of the deal.
The Union in a release by its President, Biodun Ogunyemi made this known to the public.
"The final level of consultation was the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) which took place 6th-7th February, 2019. NEC resolved that: Following a careful review of the report of engagements with the Federal
Government on proposals for addressing all outstanding in the 2013 MoU and
2017 MoA, NEC resolved that the current strike action by the Union should be suspended conditionally with effect from 12.01 a.m on Friday 8th February, 2019.
"However, should Government fail to fulfill its part of the agreement as reflected in the 2019 Memorandum of Action, ASUU shall resume
its suspended strike action as the Union deems necessary", Ogunyemi said.
BELOW IS THE FULL TEXT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE
The Text Of a Press Conference By The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) On Thursday, 7TH February, 2019, At Nigeria Labour Congress
Headquarters, Pascal BAFYAU House, Abuja
Friends and compatriots of the Press,
On Sunday, 4th November, 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) resumed its strike action which was conditionally suspended on 14th
The action of 2017 was suspended following the signing of
a Memorandum of Action (MoA) in which the Federal Government of Nigeria
(FGN) promised to address the contentious issues within a timeline that was
to end in October 2017. While announcing the suspension of the nationwide
action, however, our Union made it categorically clear that “ASUU will not
hesitate to review its position should government renege on the signed
Memorandum of Action”. Predictably, Government implemented the MoA in the
breach, thereby forcing ASUU to resume the suspended strike action.
Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU
members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual
engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university
campuses. This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of
“non-disruption of academic calendar” by proprietors and administrators of
some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.
Rather, it is about deep-seated pains members of the Union undergo to
prevent strike actions and the equally painful consequences strike
situations bring to all who are genuinely averse to the mercantile
disposition to university education.Why Strike Action?
The question has been asked time and time again: Why does ASUU like
embarking on strike action that causes disruption and dislocation in the
However, ASUU is strongly convinced that if academics fail to
fight the cause of university education, the fate that befell public
primary and secondary schools would soon become the lot of the public
university system in Nigeria. ASUU’s advocacy on the need to stem the
continued slide into rot and decay in public universities since the 1980s
has fallen on deaf ears. Our experience, as a trade union, shows that
successive governments in Nigeria always entered into negotiated agreements
only to placate those pleading the cause – be it education, health,
transportation, employment or any other issue of meaningful living. This
proclivity of the Nigerian ruling class, irrespective of which wing of the
insensitive stock they belong, must be continually be tracked, engaged and
resisted by all people of goodwill.
ASUU ‘s action strike, which started on 4th November, 2018, was situated in
the context of accumulated records of indifference and lackadaisical
attitude of Government to negotiated agreements with the Union. At our
media interaction in University of Lagos on 23rd December, 2018, we
highlighted the outstanding issues in the crisis to include the following:
- Funding for the revitalization of Public Universities based on the
FGN-ASUU MoU of 2012, 2013 and the MoA of 2017
- Reconstitution of the current Government Team to allow for a leader
and Chairman of the FG-ASUU Renegotiating team who has the interest of
the nation and the people at heart.