The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said its members are not beggars and the stoppage of their salaries by the government won’t force them to resume their strike
The union’s leadership also commended the members for keeping faith with the union despite the hardship imposed on their families as a result of the No-Work-No-Pay.
Following the government’s failure to meet some lingering demand of the union, ASUU announced a one-month warning strike on February 14, 2022, followed by another eight-week strike before launching its indefinite strike.
The Federal Government imposed No-Work-No-Pay as a result of the ongoing strike. Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, stated that the directive was in accordance with Section 43 of the Labour Law.
Though some of the union’s demands are still being negotiated, ASUU President Prof Emmanuel Osodeke expressed optimism that the union was on the threshold of victory.
As the struggle continues, our members are commended for their commitment and steadfastness in the patriotic struggle for the survival of the university system in our country.
“Our members are particularly applauded for keeping faith with the union in spite of the hardship imposed on our families as a result of the stoppage of salaries. They have made the statement loud and clear that we are not beggars and, as a result, hunger is an impotent instrument to break our resolve.
“Our cast-iron resolve has forced the government to sit down and negotiate with us. We have had five meetings with the Federal Government team and two meetings with the Minister of Education. The renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement is progressing smoothly and has reached an advanced stage.
“However, we must remain focused to the end of this struggle. UTAS (University Transparency and Accountability Solution) has been tested for the third time. So far, NITDA (National Information Technology Development Agency) has tested UTAS and UPS and will start testing IPPIS next week. We are undeterred by the antics of some government officials in this respect.
“We are on the threshold of victory. Let us keep faith with the union. A people united can never be defeated.”