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No Going Back On Strike – ASUU President vows

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.

“The Federal Government knows what we want and can do it 
but just won’t do anything. Once they implement the 
agreement, everybody will be fine and we’ll get back to work,” 
he stated.

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.

Fagge vowed that if the government refused to shift ground, 
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 
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