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Thursday, 26 September 2013

2009 Agreement Or Nothing! ASUU Vows To Continue Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has insisted that its members will not suspend their 3-month-old strike until the federal government meets its demand.
The university lecturers have been on strike since June 30 demanding that the government honours a 2009 agreement it had with the union and a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding signed over the agreement.
The Kano Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Rabiu’ Nasiru, disclosed this in Kano when he addressed journalists on Wednesday. He said the lecturers would continue with the strike for as long as the federal government fails to implement the 2009 agreement
Mr. Nasiru accused the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, of having a ‘selfish interest’ during the time he led the federal government’s negotiation team. The government’s negotiation team is now led by Vice President Namadi Sambo, who met with the ASUU delegation recently.
“The meeting with the vice president did not prove anything new from what the government has done in the last three month,” Mr. Nasiru said.
“The Sambo committee is still giving promises and trying to negotiate the 2009 agreement even when we should be at the point of implementation.”
The ASUU zonal leader said the federal government had failed to inject the required N400billion (based on the agreement) into federal and state universities and that the N100billion provided was supposed to cover only for 2012.
“For any country to develop, its university education must be of highest standard,” the lecturer said.

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