More than one week after the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called out its members to resume its suspended industrial action, stakeholders in the nation’s university system and particularly students, parents, university management and shop owners on campuses have continued to count their losses.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which embarked on strike one week ago over the poor funding of Nigerian universities and an alleged plan by the federal government to increase student’s fees and introduce an ‘education’ bank. The union also accuses the federal government of not implementing a 2017 agreement.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the federal government is yet to begin any dialogue with the union over the ongoing strike. The Union has said that the letters of notification of strike action, which it wrote to the Ministries of Education and Labor and Employment, have not been replied by either ministry since Monday, November 5, when it resumed its strike.
Mr Ogunyemi (The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)) on Sunday said the union has placed a memorandum before the government on how universities can be funded, but nothing has been done on it. “For the minister, we have memorandum placed before them, but nobody is talking about the items there except to say that they cannot meet the union’s demand because of the oil prices. “We have submitted the report of a joint committee to the minister; on how to generate funds to address the outstanding balance of N1.3 trillion. It is like the minister is not addressing issues raised and the recommendation in the report,” Mr Ogunyemi said.
The union leader said ASUU has not seen any invitation from government to discuss the strike. Efforts to get the education and labor ministries to speak on why no negotiation has started since the strike begun were unsuccessful.
Yet again, the union is on strike and students are left at home with little or nothing to do. How long would this strike last? When would students be called back to school? When would be strike be called off? Only time would tell.