ASUU: Strike Remains Indefinite

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Dec 19, 2011 – ASUU: Strike Remains Indefinite

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it would not call off its ongoing strike until its demands are met.

ASUU Coordinator, Bauchi Zone, Dr. Usman Abubakar, who is also the chairman of the union in the University of Maiduguri (UniMaid), has said ASUU would not call off the strike until its demands are met.

He spoke with reporters in Jos, the Plateau State capital, at the weekend.

Abubakar said: “We wish to remind members of the public that the university’s authority did not declare this strike, so it cannot call it off. Only ASUU can call off this strike. The public should not be misled by any digressional announcement on the strike from sources other than ASUU leadership.

“This strike is total, comprehensive and indefinite, because ASUU has sacrificed enough time, energy and mental resources to avoid this, but the Federal Government has remained insensitive to the rot in our universities.

“We just finished a meeting in Yola, Adamawa State, to review the strike. We have come up with the resolution that the Federal Government is still not committed to resolving this strike and so agreed to continue with it until further notice.

It is the only way to save the nation’s highest learning institutions from total collapse, otherwise the future generations will have no where to study.

“Also, UniMaid ASUU is under this zone and is part of this strike. It never withdrew from the strike at any point and the rumour that it did is diversionary news. I am a member of UniMaid ASUU and we are currently on strike.”

On the internal crises rocking the Yola branch of the union, Abubakar said: “The disagreement has been resolved and the branch’s election has been scheduled for February, next year.

“We want to bring to your notice some publications in some national dailies on petitions against the Chairperson of ASUU, Yola branch, Dr. Daniel Dahiru. There is no report of indictment from any court of competent jurisdiction on this issue.” (the nation)