The President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),
Dr. Nasir Fagge has vowed that the university lecturers will not
call off the ongoing strike until the Federal Government
implements the agreement it reached with union in 2009.
Academic activities had been paralysed in Nigeria’s citadel of
learning since July 1, 2013 when university lecturers began an
indefinite strike to compel the government to implement the
FG-ASUU agreement of 2009 which bothers on improved
salary package for the lecturers and repositioning the
university system to make it competitive.
According to Fagge, the lecturers had embarked on the strike
in good faith and believed that it would make the government
honour the agreement it reached with the union, as the
teachers were not ready to call off the strike until they got
what they wanted from government.
but just won’t do anything. Once they implement the
agreement, everybody will be fine and we’ll get back to work,”
He added that the students appeared not to understand what
the lecturers were fighting for as it would be to their benefit in
the long run, adding that the lecturers were not happy that the
students remained at home, but that the strike was necessary.
Fagge said if ASUU should call off the strike, things would
return to status quo, which would not augur well with the
university system and the interest of the lecturers.
He stated that suspending the strike would amount to a waste
of precious time and that the lecturers wanted to achieve their
purpose once and for all rather than embarking on frequent
strikes to fight for the same purpose.
the lecturers would not be compelled to suspend or call off the
industrial action, stressing that the lecturers wanted the
problems on ground to be addressed and solved once and for