In a new twist of events, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is poised to mobilize its members to join the impending nationwide strike championed by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC)
National President of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi called on members of the union to join the mass action commencing Wednesday to force the Federal Government to revert the pump price from N145 to N86.50.
In a letter sent to members of the congress nationwide and read at the University of Ibadan Chapter where the chapter Chairman, Dr Deji Omole urged members to get ready for mass resistance to what he called the callous policy of fuel price increment.
The ASUU president in the letter entitled “Increase in Pump Price of Premium Motor Spirit to N145 per litre: Proposal for Joint Action with NLC’’ stated that ASUU members are called upon to according to our Union’s principles, fully respect Article 2 of the Constitution of ASUU;
“that our Union and members shall work for the protection and advancement of the socio-economic interests of the nation”
“Branch Chairpersons are to conduct emergency congress meetings on Tuesday 17 May 2016 to mobilize our members for the action commencing on Wednesday. All branches of ASUU nationwide are to comply’’
According to Omole, the policy of subsidy removal was a criminal ambush from the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to empower the rich and cripple the poor.
Omole argued that most of the state governors, who are now in support of the removal of subsidy, are the same governors who ran there states bankrupt with their fiscal recklessness to the point where they were unable to pay salaries. He urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to focus their search lights on these governors.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities president noted that the impending nationwide strike was an effort to fight what he calls “a coup against the masses’’ adding that since Nigeria runs motorized economy, Nigerians cannot be forced to carry the problems created by the rich and friends of government.
The ASUU Boss anchored the Unions position on what he called;
“Delayed, partially paid and in most cases unpaid salaries for a number of months by state, federal and local governments, disguised retrenchment of workers, especially by State Governments, in the name of verification exercise and endless hunt for ghost workers and heavy taxation”.