The Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) has served the Federal Government notice of a one week warning strike beginning from 16th-22nd November 2016.
ASUU declared their intentions in a bulletin released after their NEC meeting November 12th. The strike, according to the union will be total and comprehensive with no teaching, examination or any other routine activities of any kind.
Some of the issues being protested by ASUU includes funding for revitalization of public universities based on federal government and ASUU memorandum of understanding of 2009, non-release of subvension of state universities by their visitors and registration of NUPEMCO.
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Other lingering issues are payment of earned academic allowance (EAA) and shortfalls in salaries leading to payment of fractions of staff salaries.
Recall that in September, in a statement signed by ASUU Chairman, University of Abuja chapter, Mr Ben Ugheoke, the academic union had said it would commence a warning strike on Oct. 2.
He said a full blown strike was planned for November if the Federal Government failed to meet the demands from its negotiations with ASUU in 2009 and 2013. He highlighted that the federal government was yet to provide funds for the Universities NEEDS Assessment and the facilitation of the registration of the Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company, NUPEMCO.
The Union alleged that the Federal Government had failed to embark on meaningful dialogue with them. According to them, ASUU had been trying to get the attention of the Federal Government to intervene in the academic system of universities across Nigeria but it had all proved abortive.
However, Mr. Ugheoke went back on his words claiming he was wrongly quoted on a planned strike. He said they had never given a date for any form of strike, whether warning strike or full blown strike.