ASUU Strike To Be Called Off Next Week – SUG President Urged Lecturers To Suspend Strike

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Nov 9, 2013 – ASUU Strike To Be Called Off Next Week – SUG President Urged Lecturers To Suspend Strike

There are strong indications that the over 4 months old strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be called off next week. That ordinarily should be an all round good news but it’s good news with so many bad and worrisome contents in it. What informed this conclusion? While I agree that the strike has dragged on for too long, it is important to also note that until recently when the president of the country personally engaged the union in talks, talks between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had broken and of course talks broke down over the non-implementation of an agreement its willingly entered into with ASUU in 2009, after 3 years of negotiations.

However, the Nigerian government failed to implement the agreement, instead of doing the needful, top government officials employed threats, blackmail and street-gutter propaganda. Perhaps nothing better demonstrates the contempt that government has for public education than the way it has handled this particular strike, the time it took the president to personally meet with the striking union, the meeting amounts to dousing a roaring fire with spittle.

Recently, Minister of information, Mr. Labaran Maku, in an attempt to give the false impression that the 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement is not implementable declared that government activities could shut down if all demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) were to be met, how come the same government that spends over N3 trillion between 2009 and now to bail out failed banks did not shut down? If the same government could spend over $1billion to buy over warlords and militants from Niger Delta under a fraudulent amnesty program and yet did not go bankrupt why would funding universities shut it down? If this government could spend sum of N1.3 trillion annually on members of the National Assembly and the economy is not leaking why would ASUU demands for quality education bankrupt Nigeria? If the unconstitutional office of the “First Lady” could draw funds from public purse to finance profligacies and yet government has not shutdown, why will a simple agreement shut Nigeria down? and also if a small clique of politicians and oil marketers could steal over $7billion from the oil subsidy funds and the economy is still intact, how is N500 billion spent on the future of young Nigerians shut us down? If a minister could buy two armored vehicle for herself at N255 million and the economy did not collapse, then where is the wisdom in Mr. Labaran Maku and federal governments claim that spending just N500 billion annually on University education is what would sink the ship of the Nigerian government?

After 13 hours meeting with the president however, there is a fresh offer and a fresh agreement, if media reports are correct, the federal government is prepared to spend N220 billion on the universities each year for the next 5 years. Shortly after the meeting, ASUU president was not definite on whether the 2009 agreement has actually been met or not, he simply told newsmen that the union will consult with members on the new message from the president and come up with a position. With that statement it is right to conclude that government has made a new offer entirely different from the provisions of the 2009 agreement.

Already the federal government did not go into that meeting with ASUU with the mind of sincerely resolving the conflicts or implementing the 2009 agreement because prior to that meeting there have been widespread reports in the media that government had a plan B which is to forcefully reopen the universities with or without ASUU, from this it is clear that government is intimidating and pressurizing ASUU to accept whatever offer it puts on the table.

Unfortunately the NLC has also been used as a conduit to pressurize ASUU to call off the strike. This however, is not surprising the NLC has a reputation for betraying the masses of this country one would not forget in a hurry the removal of subsidy in 2012 and how the NLC handled it. In January 2012 during the anti-fuel price struggle, the government made similar accusations, propaganda and blackmails, which led to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) hastily calling off the general strike. Today, Nigerians are the worst for it. While it will be a great relieve to go back to school, it will also be important to put into consideration those issues that led to the over 4 months strike and the gains from it because it is 4 months of an academic life that can never be regained, to this end it will be ridiculous and sad to go back to our universities and still meet the dilapidated hostels, laboratories where stoves are still been used as bunsen burners, over crowded lecture rooms and all those infrastructural decay ASUU talked about. Already there is a directive from the President Jonathan that IGR should be increased and this is already being carried out in some universities particularly Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB) and the University of Ibadan (UI), already acceptance fees have been increased. This is a direct effect of not implementing the 2009 agreement and not making the funds that will be spent on the universities reflect in the annual budget of the country.

It will be interesting to see what ASUU comes up with after their NEC meeting but it must be stated that if ASUU calls off this strike it won’t be because the 2009 agreement has been met. It is obviously because the union has been pressurized, intimidated and harassed by the government and a sentimental public. Whichever way it goes, the big question is: there was an ASUU strike in 2009, 2011, and now 2013 just like I said on Channelstv Sunrise Daily show the other day, will there be another strike in 2015?

About the author: TOPE ADESIPO- President of the SUG Federal University Of Agriculture, Abeokuta @tope414 on twitter

31 thoughts on “ASUU Strike To Be Called Off Next Week – SUG President Urged Lecturers To Suspend Strike

  1. I hope it’s real this time around. I’m very bored and depressed
    the damage done by ASUU and the FG is enough pls call off the dem strike

  2. @nebu: mtchewww, useless fellow, better goan find smth meaningful to do with ur life. They there and be waiting for FG n ASUU. I pitty u. Its obvious 4months of ur life has wasted in ur fathers house. Smh and if u’r a guy, case is worse. Ur mates r using this period to discover their core essence, u dey there dey waste ur life dey chop ur mama food for 4 good months! Mehn u need counseling! Hehe #winks. Thank me ltr. If u like hate me, I sha don talk my own.

    • @hehehe, What dafuq? surely you are a girl, i don’t think a regular guy would just insult someone like you did just for voicing his opinions and grieviances. You ma/sir, need re-orientation

  3. the effect of this strike can never be overemphasised. My friend, a graduate of unical has loss his life without collecting his B.ed just because of the strike. Wat a sad consequence! Hmmmm, bt i still dnt have hope cos of wat i see.

  4. FG has done to this extend that my president is involve pls ASUU call off strik 4 future leaders sake

  5. is now high time assu call off.if not let FG used its plane B to forcefully open the university.becos assu are been bribe by members of APC to jeoperdize GEJ govenment

  6. let the blood,sweat and toil of those who have suffered never go in vain,have mercy on our leaders,have mercy and pity on we the followers, Ya Allah,this I pray

  7. Hmmmm!wht an insult 4rm xmbdy 2 my honourabl presido.infact i believ dat person is nt a stdnt but an idiotic politician.may God save us especially d youth 4rm dis wicked country..

  8. Hahahahaha i am seeing de school system of dis great Nation decaying. They are only dialogue with ASUU what about ASUP ? Is ASUP own not important or less Important ? I wonder what could be de future of we {STUDENTS} ?

  9. What a wicked country we dwell in,where Governments no longer serve d citizens but serve themselves,Asuu strike is on for 4 months and both d govt and d Asuu can’t reach an agreement b4 d first month ends,hmmm,I can’t blame u cos ur children are schooling abroad and in private universties,how ll u they be concerned,and this is our money,our resources,one thing that I’m very sure of is that nemesis ll catch up on u whether u like it or not,it may not be now,but surely it ll happen,how come u have 4gotten so quickly that we voted u in,while a senator is earnings billions in a year,an average citizen cannot afford 50k in a year,hmmmm,this ll surely boomerang.I wish Mr President could see this and read.From a Nigerian student.

  10. I believe it”ll work now.God”ll touch mr president hrt but for Asuu they ae wicked leader/follow I hv eva seen.selfish in nature,self agradisement is their problem.

  11. @ hehehe d strike ve really decay ur brain, somebody expressed his opinion u insulted the person, i think those words u said re met 4 u. Asuu call of strike, is been a whole semester, ain’t u tired?

  12. actually, this strike is gettin out of hand….FG and ASUU please conclude and let this misery be over. It’s nt fair for a student staying at home for over four months all in the name of a strike…it’s our education, our future. Many students have probably found something to occupy their time with and have started gaining in some other aspect of life i just hope this will really be ASUU calling of the strike for our sake.

  13. Am really dissappointed with the way Government handled this issue with contempt.It shows there is no concern for those called the future of this country

  14. I am so bitter in heart,1st of all i have lost my dad during dx Godforsaken strike,downthroned and nt hapi of lyf,.wat a wiked country wia the rich are getn richer and the poor poorer,is left 4 God 2 judge both the president and FG cos asuu are fightn 4 the best of us stdnts.a nigerian stdnt wil gradj and go abroad 4 work,wen he reaches,he will study again,but wen a stdnt goes abroad and study,coming home to nigeria 4 job,the so called company wil dethrone the manager and fix him/her in,wat a wickd country and wia are we landing at.now the wnt 2 kal the strike off,by now!!,oh my God,let me ask mr presidnt and fg wat we are going 2 skul to do by dx time of the year?we avnt evn completed our 2nd semester,and the wil rush us 2 an exam without knowledge,GOD!,cum down nd fyt 4 us becos u richer men ar vampires,the government are demons,oh lord,i dnt kw wia 2 start and end,WE STDNTS MUST GO ON A STDNTS STRIKE!,cos dx demons are playing and shattering our future,we are on strike the bought amoured cars,we are at hme suffering and the presidnt hostd a burial party 4 hs children and grand children of hs mothers wife,kald psquare,dbanj and many artistes,is it fair?wat are we going 2 learn,blocks?or grasses?oh lord arrest dme,WICKED POLITICIANS,UNDICISIVE PRESIDENT!.

  15. I dn’t really regrate ur action concerning dis strike ASSU and FG, because I’ve utilities dis long term strike to learn a tread b4 der call of the strike. So pls dn’t jus wait 4 ASSU and FG jus find a tread and learn it wil help u out, infact u might see da strike as an opportunity to archive some thing.

  16. asuu shuld nt call of dz strike,der z no point,cos am nt ready 4any marathon classes,test nd exams…lets stay till nxt yr january.

  17. Hahhahah….y”all dont wory i”ll talk 2 asuu,asup n FG 4 u.d strike is endin 2moro by Gods grace nywais so dnt wory..just pray n we wll all go back 2 skul…buh b4 den use ur free tym wisely

  18. wonderful work mr president….but of course, we the student in d various federal citadel of learning, are being treated with reckless abandone. Asuu as a body remains a mother burden to we the student…so believe u me, irrespective of the dysfunction of the FG vis-a-vis the education sector, it is still imperative dat asuu call off the strike…we political scientist in various federal academic institutions in this country are angry…so pls what ought to be ought to be

  19. Asuu nawaa!!!.Mr president we voted 4 u,and now u dnt want 2 act like our president.y messing up our future and wasting our time???

    • Father in heaven please touch their heart to harden more on this strike untill next yr,this yr is almost gone,and u know your daughter need money for her school fees and house rent which will soon expire,and other things and am working hard to raise the money. I really want it to last till next yr so dat i will also read more of my books,becos going bak this ember month to face unfinish lecture and unfinish test,including exam will really push so many down from their G.p and there will be a lot of failure… God this is my prayer and my request grant it to me in jesus name,Amen.

  20. you have a point there mr president,do you really believe ASUU is fighting for you or there salary?thats a question you need to ask.GEJ regime is full of challenges and ASUU decided to make use of the advantage on him.thats all lets be smart friend this is pure politics

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