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ASUU issues notice of fresh strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has threatened to embark on a fresh industrial action to drive home its demands.

Chairman of ASUU Federal University Dutse, branch in Jigawa State, Comrade Salim Ahmed issued a three weeks ultimatum to Federal Government to respond to the body’s request regarding welfare of its members.

He gave the warning at an emergency press conference held at FUD, ASUU Secretariat in Dutse. Ahmed said ASUU observed that the Tinubu-led administration deliberately ignored the leadership of the Union since its inception on 29th May, 2023.

He said; “The Members of the Expanded Executive Officers of the ASUU Federal University Dutse met today, Wednesday, 19th June 2024, to consider and take a look at the patriotic engagements of the Union with the Federal and State governments on how best to address all the lingering problems bedeviling Nigerian Public Universities.

“All efforts were put in place by the leadership of the Union to get the government to convene a meeting and listen to ASUU in order to iron out the contending issues, as contained in the International Labour Organization, ILO’s principle of collective bargaining, have failed”.

Ahmed said the renegotiation of the FGN/ASUU 2009 agreement contains all the core issues of ASUU Members welfare, University Autonomy, Funding for Revitalization of Nigerian Universities and Proliferations of Public Universities.

The chairman disclosed that the union would, within the next three weeks, set machinery in motion to further mobilize its members and sensitize them for further action.

“The union calls on all well-meaning discerning minds to prevail on Nigerian Government to attend to these outstanding issues and meet with our union leadership so as to avert an unnecessary and avoidable industrial crisis in our already frail and weak university system,” he said.