The National Executive Council, NEC, of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has voted to go on a one-month warning strike to press its demands on the government, following lengthy debates that lasted into the early hours of Monday.
The strike, according to a source at the conference in Lagos, is to give the Federal Government time to accomplish what it has to do, failing which the union will proceed on an indefinite strike.
“We just want to give the government a long rope hoping that it would see the need to avoid a total paralysis of academic activities in the nation’s universities. We are parents too and have our children in the system but we cannot watch and allow the total collapse of education in the country.
“Our agitation is in the interest of all and if the system is made better, we will all enjoy it. Prominent personalities in the country have waded into the matter but the government seems recalcitrant. Our National President would explain more when he briefs the press later today,” he said.
Recall that the union has been agitating for a number of demands including the payment of Earned Academic Allowance, revitalization fund, the replacement of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, IPPIS, with the University Transparency and Accountability System UTAS, among others.