We’re not scroungers. ASUU assures FG that hunger will not force us to restart our strike.
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) leaders have stated that their members are not beggars and that the government’s wage freeze will not force them to end their protest.
Following the failure of the federal government to satisfy its requests, the academic union has been on strike since February 14. After the one-month warning strike that began in February came to an end, the union scheduled another eight-week strike before launching its indefinite strike.
The Federal Government imposed No-Work-No-Pay as a result of the ongoing strike. Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, stated that the decision was in accordance with Section 43 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the president of ASUU, praised members of the union for not backing down from the strike despite the Federal government’s “no work, no pay” policy.
“As the conflict continues, our members are congratulated for their dedication and tenacity in the patriotic fight for the survival of our country’s university system.”
Our members are commended in particular for remaining loyal to the union despite the hardships placed on our families as a result of the wage freeze. They have stated unequivocally that we are not beggars, and that hunger is an ineffective tool for breaking our determination.
Our unwavering resolve has compelled the government to act.
The administration has been compelled to sit down and engage with us because of our unwavering resolve. We’ve met with the Federal Government’s staff five times and the Minister of Education twice. The renegotiation of the ASUU-FGN agreement from 2009 is going well and has reached a critical stage.
We must, however, remain concentrated till the finish of this battle. For the third time, UTAS (University Transparency and Accountability Solution) has been put to the test. NITDA (National Information Technology Development Agency) has tested UTAS and UPS thus far, and IPPIS will be tested next week. The shenanigans of some government officials in this regard haven’t discouraged us.
We’re on the verge of winning. Let us continue to believe in the union. A people that are unified can never be defeated.
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