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Lecturers threaten to shut down universities

31 August 2016, 19:00

Abuja - The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to stage a nationwide strike in order to push for its demands for the implementation of its 2009 agreement it had with the federal government, Naij reports.

The Union’s Lagos state zone coordinator, Prof Olusoji Sowande, revealed this during a press conference on Tuesday, August 30 in Lagos.

He stated that ASUU had decided to shut down the tertiary institutions because a good number of measures taken by the Union to see that the government answers the pending demands, have all been fruitless.

The university lecturer recollected that ASUU had shut down Nigerian universities in 2012 as well as 2013, which was one of the moves to ensure the government implemented the agreement, adding that the issue is still pending.

Sowande said the 2009 agreement provided for a seasonal evaluation after every three years, in which the government has failed to do. He added that government was already in arrears of N605 billion as at the third quarter of 2016.

He said that the government had refused to release N128 billion and N250 billion respectively for the earned academic allowance of three years after the MoU was signed.‎

The Academic Staff Union of Universities had protested against the decision of the Federal Government to scrap the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination according to News24.

Warning that the scrapping “portends a serious danger for the quality of education in Nigeria, “the union also said the decision undermined the autonomy and powers of universities’ Senate as the highest policy-making body on academic matters, particularly admission of students and award of degrees.

The ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who stated this in Abuja, added that the Federal Government did not consult the union on the matter.

- News 24

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