The Federal Government’s Inability to Reach Agreement signed with Academic staff union in 2019 was said to be the reason metamorphosing the union’s decision embarking on a two weeks warning strike starting from yesterday (Monday).
The union made this disclosure yesterday Monday as it began the two weeks strike to press home its demand in other for the Federal Government to implement its 2019 agreement and resolution.
In its communiqué at the end of its two-day National Executive Council meeting at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology read by its National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, at a press conference at Dannic Hotel, Enugu, ASUU said the strike was to compel the FG to implement the outstanding agreement and resolution of it Memorandum of Action it had with the union in 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2019.
Ogunyemi said, “Having discussed the provisions in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, 2013 Memorandum of Understanding and the 2017 Memorandum of Action, which has not been implemented, NEC resolved to embark on a two-week warning strike with effect from March 9, 2020, to compel the government to implement the agreement and resolution.”
The union said by meddling in the internal affairs of the Nigerian university system, the FG would be eroding the autonomy of the universities and making them incapable of fulfilling their mandates.
The union chief added, “The needless siege of the Nigerian university system through the imposition of policies will only compound the woes of the universities, will ultimately further drag Nigeria into a morass of chronic underdevelopment.
“The persistent poor funding characteristic of state-owned universities portends a collapse of the system. It is even more disheartening that many states that cannot adequately fund their existing universities are establishing new ones for political gains.”
Ogunyemi decried the security challenges facing the country, saying ASUU was not happy about the situation.
He said, “ASUU calls on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, overhaul the nation’s security architecture. The failure of the Federal Government to ensure the safety of citizens has led to the emergence of sporadic security outfits. This is a sign that the Federal Government has failed to protect Nigerian citizens as stipulated in the constitution.”
Although the body is against all forms of sexual harassment, it faulted the Sexual Harassment Bill. Ogunyemi said, “The attempt by the National Assembly to enact a law that seeks to criminalise a section of society and is targeted specifically against tertiary institutions violate the rule of jurisprudence that law should not be targeted at specific persons or group. It is discriminatory and against the principle of natural justice.
“Sexual harassment can occur in all forms of human relations – in religious, in legislative houses, among security officers and in all workplaces.”