By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),
In a statement signed by the chapter Chairman, Dr Biodun Olaniyan and Secretary, Toyin Abegunrin respectively, the union said it is tired with the alleged insincerity of the President Mohammadu Buhari led administration over the failure to fully implement the agreements reached with the Union
According to ASUU, LAUTECH chapter in the statement issued after the Congress in reaction to the promise of President Muhammadu Buhari that he will fulfill agreements reach with the Union, that promises cannot replace implementation of the agreement.
The union specifically urged ” 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.”
Stressing that while agreements have been reached government has refused to sign what will make the welfare of lecturers to be better and employing merry-go-round tactics, and that its members have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike since government was not ready to do the needful
” 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 said.
ASUU added, ” it is unfortunate to mentioned that the FG signed agreement with the ASUU since 2009 but the agreement is not implemented till date”.
” 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”:
Tasking Nigerians to prevail on government to avert the impending strike, ASUU stressed that it has allowed many stakeholders to talk to government and that government is portraying the Union as a dog who can only bark not bite.
” Conclusions on these matters have been reached with the government several months ago but yet, the FG is avoiding the final stage of signing the agreement. All the FG was doing is promising all the time. 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. We have endured enough with such insincerity. We have resolve to embark on indefinite strike action if government failed to yield to our demands within a specified period of time.