The Nigeria Labour Congress has declared support for the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU’s decision to embark on an indefinite strike. The General Secretary of the NLC, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said all employers, including the government, has a responsibility to honour agreements reached with workers.
ASUU commenced a nationwide indefinite strike to protest against the failure of the Federal Government to implement the terms of the agreement reached between the union and the government in 2009.
The President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, during a press conference in Abuja on Monday, said the strike is comprehensive as lecturers would withdraw all services including teaching and attendance of meetings in all the universities in the country.
The Federal Government has however said it was still negotiating with ASUU before it declared a nationwide strike on Monday. The Director of Information, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Chinyere Ihuoma, stated that the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement is ongoing.
Meanwhile, academic activities continued on Monday at the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN and the Kwara State University, KWASU. The factional Chairman, ASUU, UNILORIN, Dr Usman Raheem, said the branch did not join the strike as it had not been part of the national ASUU since 2001. Also, the factional Chairman of ASUU, KWASU, Dr Adesola Dauda, said the branch did not join the strike as it is still in observer status.