The National Executive Council, NEC, of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has voted to go on a one-month warning strike to press its demands on the government, following lengthy debates that lasted into the early hours of Monday.
Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s president, made the announcement at a news conference on Monday, following a two-day meeting of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC). He claims that the strike, which will begin immediately, is “comprehensive and total.”
“We don’t like to see our students at home. We don’t want our academic calendars disrupted but our demands are not met,” he said
The revitalisation of public institutions, earned allowance, greater funding of state universities, and promotion arrears are among the requests of the lecturers.
Others include the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) replacing the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in the payment of emoluments to its members.
Prior to this recent step, the union had launched a nationwide awareness campaign, which resulted in lecture-free periods on campuses around the country.
The 2009 agreement signed with the Federal Government, according to ASUU, should be revisited every three years.
However, the union claims that the Federal Government has refused to ratify and implement the agreement since it was renegotiated.