The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it will not suspend the industrial action it started last Monday, unless the Federal Government accedes to the agreement it reached with it in 2009, debunking reports on some social and online media that it has suspended its one-week old strike.
Speaking with Vanguard in Lagos on Sunday, ASUU Chairman, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Chapter, Dr. Karo Ogbinaka said, “The strike is still ongoing. We have not suspended or called-off the strike. Perhaps, before we do that, a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting must be held, then, the resolutions of the meeting will be made known to all chapters of the union,” adding, “The indefinite and total strike will continue, except government meets our demands.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government through the Ministry of Education led by Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai is expected to meet with stakeholders in the industry, which included Vice Chancellors of Federal universities and their Governing Councils, together with interested Vice Chancellors of State and Private universities, on Monday.
ASUU had last Monday embarked on an indefinite industrial action over what it termed government’s failure to honour the Academic Earned Allowance (AEA) which formed a component of the 2009 agreement the government signed with the union, with the members of the union showing a great resolve to stay off work until the government accedes to its demands.