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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Biafra: Nigeria’s Educational Sector In Shambles As ASUU Decries Deplorable State Of Infrastructure, Declares One Week Warning Strike



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

If news reaching us from the National Secretariat of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is anything to go by, then it means that students studying in various Government-owned universities across Nigeria would have to return home from Wednesday 16th November, 2016, as the academic body has declared an industrial action against the Federal government.

ASUU, through a circular signed by its President, Biodun Ogunyemi and circulated to all government parastatals, issued a one-week warning strike notice to protest the deplorable condition of public universities in Nigeria amongst other issues.

In a bulletin released after their NEC meeting of November 12, ASUU said that the one-week strick action would begin from 16th to 22nd November, 2016.

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“The NEC of our Union, at its meeting of 12th November, 2016, declared a one-week warning strike beginning from 12:01am on Wednesday 16th November, 2016 to 12:00(midnight) on Tuesday 22nd November, 2016.”

It further stated that the one-week warning strike is to compel the government to address some vital issues which includes funding for revitalization of public universities based on the Federal government and ASUU Memorandum of understanding, MoU, of November, 2013, non-release of subvention to state universities by their visitors and registration of NUPEMCO.

Other lingering issues being protested by the academic body are payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), shortfalls in salaries leading to payment of fractions of staff salaries, non-payment of salaries of staff in the Staff Primary Schools, exemption of universities from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) Policy and renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement.

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ASUU further warned that the strike is total and comprehensive with no teaching, examination or any other routine activities of any kind which included no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind, be it Senate, Council, College/Faculty or Departmental Board meetings, etc.

The National Strike Coordinating Committee, NSCC, of the body, also urged members to remain steadfast and resolute, directing them to take instructions from their Chairpersons and also consult them for more clarification and updates.

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Published By Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
For Biafra Writers

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