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Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) AAUA

Posted by on November 6, 2018 0


ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU)
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Branch

THE UNENDING STRUGGLES OF ASUU FOR THE REVITALISATION OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA AND THE RESUMPTION OF THE SUSPENDED NATIONAL STRIKE

Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has, over the years, impressed on successive Nigerian governments the need to adequately fund university education, to allow that critical level of education contribute to the much needed drives for national development and allow the country to similarly compete favourably on the global front. While such initiatives in the past birthed Agreements and other funding imperatives such as TETFund and NEEDs Assessment funds, the 2009 Agreement and the MoU (Memoranda of Understanding) and MoA (Memoranda of Action) derived from it, have specific elements for confidence-building that have been brazenly violated by the government. The last attempt by the government to simulate faithfulness to the documents and obligation to the spirit of reconciliatory dealings, through the purported release of 20 billion naira out of the huge outstanding monies to be released for the revitalisation of Public Universities, is at best diversionary and misleading.
It is worth noting that ASUU, as a Union of intellectuals, have made several efforts to impress it on the Nigerian government the need to keep to the terms of the Agreement reached with the Union, but these several letters, consultations and public engagements were simply rebuffed and ignored; at times resorting to selective picking and choosing from the specifics of the Agreement. Rather than for the government to see reasons with the Union, governments, both Federal and States, have sustained the commercialisation of university education through intended and executed introductions of high fees in Public Universities, as copiously demonstrated by the Head of the Government representatives on the aborted Renegotiation with the Union, Dr. Wale Babalakin. More worrisome also is the establishment of public-private-partner-driven Universities that are now a veritable bridge between existing highly priced private Universities and public universities. The simple conclusion is that the masses of the Nigeria people would get enslaved the more, and get systematically isolated in the quest for opportunities, social justice and economic equality.

It is given the foregoing that the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU, at its meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), between Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November, 2018 resolved to resume the suspended strike action of September 2017 with effect from Sunday 4th November, 2018. The strike is TOTAL, COMPREHENSIVE AND INDEFINITE.
ASUU-AAUA Congress met on Monday 5th November, 2018, got briefings from the Chairperson on the transactions at NEC, particularly on the national strike, and resolved to FULLY COMPLY WITH THE DIRECTIVES OF NEC.

Members should kindly note that they are expected to take instructions and directives from their branch Chairpersons.

Therefore, what to note and do are:
i. Do not teach any course whatsoever
ii. Do not attend any statutory meeting
iii. Do not conduct or supervise any examination at any level.
iv. Do not engage in supervision of project or theses.
v. Do not force any academic to teach, supervise theses and projects at any level or attend meetings.
vi. The ONLY source of information on the national strike action is your BRANCH CHAIRPERSON.

Members are to be wary of divisive tendencies that could jeopardize the struggle of the Union for the continue good health of public universities in Nigeria, as even past gains are already being fast eroded, depleted and could end up being totally reversed. The painful decision to resume the suspended strike came as the last resort that was precipitated by the utter inaction and the insensitivity of government. We should be reminded that: dare to struggle; dare to win! Similarly, a people united, can never be defeated. The present pains are meant for future gains!
National and Branch Strike Monitoring Committees have been set up to monitor full compliance, and needless to mention that appropriate constitutional sanctions shall be meted to defaulters.

Solidarity forever!

Signed
Dr Sola Fayose
Branch Chairperson

Dr. Abiodun Moses, Jinadu
Assistant Secretary

For and on behalf of ASUU-AAUA



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