In a bid to end the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU, a directive was given by the President two days to the two FG committees appointed to negotiate with ASUU, the strike started on July 2 and the negotiation was not enough to keep ASUU at the table.
The body said it was necessary to do so because of the FG's perceived insincerity in the 2009 agreement as well as the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) both parties signed in January last year.
According to Dr. Nassir Faggae Isa, ASUU President, who addressed a press briefing at the University of Lagos on Thursday before any further progress can be achieved, the 2009 agreement and the MoU must be honoured. Further talks or even negotiations of terms can only happen he said.
Faggae said, "Consequently, our members are left with no other choice than to prosecute this strike ti its logical conclusion. ASUU memners nationwide are saying this strike will not be suspended until and unless the government respects the 2009 agreement and make concrete efforts to implement in the best interest of the country."
According to him, during the meeting held between ASUU and the government representative on Monday, government declared that it neither had any motive to revitalize public universities through committed funding nor was it ready to pay in full the accumulated Earned Academic Allowances between 2009 through 2013.