The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite nationwide industrial action. According to the directive issued by the National Executive Committee of the union, the strike commenced at exactly 12.01 am on Monday, 5th December, 2011.
The union resolved to go on strike over the refusal of the government to implement an agreement reached with the union over two years ago. ASUU is particularly angered by the refusal of the Federal Government to implement the core components of the 2009 agreement it had with the union. In order to find a lasting solution to the crisis which had lingered for some time, the government requested for two months within which it promised to look into the matter. The two months have however lapsed and with nothing meaningful coming from the government, the union decided to embark on a strike action. With the sacking of the Implementation Monitoring Committee that held talks with ASUU on the industrial crisis, the union deduced that the government has not been sincere about its professed willingness to implement the agreement it entered with the lecturers.
The Chairman of the union, Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie disclosed that the strike will be a comprehensive and indefinite one which means there will be no teaching, no examination, no grading of script, no project supervisions, no inaugural lectures, no appointment and promotion meetings.