Monday, August 19, 2013


In anticipation of today’s meeting between the Federal Government and ASUU representatives, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Nasir Fagge, has stated that the union will not back down on the ongoing strike if a compromise is not reached. Dr. Fagge made this statement in a telephone interview earlier today. He maintained that the strike action was not embarked upon just for the demands, but for the Federal Government to honour a Memorandum of Understanding which it signed in 2012 with ASUU.
       “Who’s talking about demands here? We presented our demands in 2006 and it took us three years to get it into an agreement.The Federal government signed the MOU in 2012, that’s what we are asking them to honour, period. The strike action will not continue only if they implement the MOU we had last year.”The ASUU President stated. “If we call off the strike when the MOU has not been implemented, of what use was the strike action in the first place? We are holding on until everything is sorted out.” The ASUU President continued. The strike by the lecturers lasts for forty-nine days if, ASUU does not reach an agreement with the Federal Government at the meeting scheduled to hold later today. This was before the President Goodluck released #400Billion for infrastuctural development.

 The end to the present strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be in sight as President Goodluck Jonathan has approved N400 billion for the infrastructural development of Nigerian universities.