ASUU Begins Warning Strike Wednesday, November 16

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said its members nationwide will proceed on a one-week warning strike starting from Wednesday, November 16. This is aimed at compelling the federal government to address some pending and new issues.

According to a Statement signed by the ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi and seen by OAU Peeps News Agency, the strike will be “total and comprehensive” and members of the Union are only to take instruction from their chairpersons during the period of the warning strike.

From the same statement, ASUU wants the FG to pay the earned academic allowances of its members, exempt universities from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy and also renegotiate the 2009 agreement.

Others are the registration of the Nigerian University Pension Management Committee (NUPEMCO) and funding for the revitalization of public universities based on the FGN-ASUU MoU of November 2013. The non-payment of salaries of staff in the primary schools and shortfall in salaries leading to payment of fractions of staff salaries are other contentious issues.

Currently, OAU students are writing their 2015/2016 harmattan semester examination and that is due to end by early next month. Any truncation of this as a result of a strike action would extend the relatively stable academic calendar for the session.

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