The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will today (Tuesday), begin a two weeks warning strike.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President on Monday announced this at end of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the Enugu State University.
Ogunyemi while addressing the media after the meeting, said the strike is aimed at forcing the Federal Government to implement the agreement and resolution of the Memorandum of Action both parties reached under the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoU).
“Following a comprehensive review of the state of Nigerian universities, we wish to draw the attention of all stakeholders to an impending crisis in the university system arising from non-remittance of third party deductions from the salaries of our members and non-payment of February 2020 salaries.”
“We have talked of the widely reported fraud being perpetrated by the operators of IPPIS within and outside the Auditor General of the Federation (AGF),” he said.
However, the Federal Government on Monday described the proposed strike action as illegal.
Chirs Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, made the declaration on behalf of the government.
“There is nothing like a warning strike. A strike is a strike.
“They have gone on strike without the proper channel and notification for the strike. So, it is an illegal strike.
“We will meet with them; we have invited them. They have not responded to us. When they respond to us, they should be able to come as soon as possible,” Ngige said.