The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the union will commence a warning strike action starting on the 2nd of October, 2016, if the government fails to honour its agreements. Reports stated that the ASUU Chairman, University of Abuja Chapter, Dr Ben Ugheoke disclosed this while speaking with journalists.
He reportedly said, “We have tried to dialogue with the Federal Government but they have been playing games with us, we will start with a warning strike to show them we are not jokers.”
Dr. Ugheoku noted that all efforts by the union proved abortive while stressing that the strike will last for one week, ”and if they do not give us listening ears we will start the indefinite strike come November 2016.”
It will be recalled that ASUU in a recent conference stated that the Federal Government owes lecturers N124bn as earned academic allowances from 2013 to 2016, aside another N495bn that had also accumulated as arrears.
They also urged the Federal and State Governments to honour the agreements they entered into with them in order to prevent a major crisis from scuttling the “peace in the nation’s public universities at this critical period.”