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Nigeria Varsity Teachers Begins Indefinite Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria, ASUU has commenced total and comprehensive indefinite industrial action,(strike)due to the Nigerian government’s inability to fulfil the 2009 Agreement made with the Union.

Briefing Journalists after the emergency meeting of its National Executive Council held in University of Abuja, the ASUU President, Biodun Oggunyemi, said during the industrial action which began on 13th of August nationwide, that there would be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meeting of any kind in any of its branch till government meets up with it demands.

The Union called on all patriots to prevail on owners of public universities to be alive to their responsibilities.

The ASUU President stated that the Wale Babalakin led committee lacks powers to resolve the issue as there were unimplemented items in the 2009 Agreement.

Ogunyemi lamented that government has ignored the system, he said the political class has shifted attention to sending their wards to private universities and universities abroad leaving public universities in Nigeria to collapse.

He called on Nigerians to give Nigerian University system the attention they deserve.

Issues of dispute are the 2009 Agreement and 2013 MOU are ,funding for the revitalization of public universities, earned academic allowances, registration of Nigerian universities pension management company ,university staff school, fictionalisation and non payment of salaries among others.

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