The Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said the union has endured enough insincerity on the part of the Federal Government as they threaten to embark on an indefinite strike.
The Chairman and Secretary of the Branch, Dr Biodun Olaniran and Dr Toyin Abegunrin, stated this in a statement released after the congress of the union.
According to them, members of ASUU have resolved to embark on a nationwide indefinite strike, since government wasn’t ready to implement the agreements reached with the union.
The statement reads, “Our Union, ASUU, is using this medium to call upon the Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria once again to implement the agreement it (FG) has signed with ASUU. It is unfortunate to mentioned that the FG signed agreement with ASUU since 2009 but the agreement is not implemented till date.”
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“The agreement was renegotiated in the name of peace. But to our dismay, the government has refused to sign the renegotiated agreement. In order to make the implementation of the agreement easy for the FG, the union has limited its demand to only three: Signing/implementation of the renegotiated agreement of 2009. Adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Software (UTAS) instead of the controversial IPPIS.”
“The FG has taken the union for a toothless bulldog that can only bark but cannot bite. We, as a union have taken time to pull the long rope with the government until our patience is completely exhausted.”
“Our union is tired of the merry-go-round approach devised by the government about the same issues. We can no longer tolerate the swinging pendulum (with a declining amplitude) attitude the government set for us.”
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They continued, “We have endured enough with such insincerity. We have resolved to embark on indefinite strike action if government failed to yield to our demands within a specified period of time.
“The union, therefore, is using this medium to call on the well-meaning Nigerians and the general public to call the FG to order in this respect, and that it (government) should respect its agreement with ASUU,” they said.