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ASUU Warms Up For Warning Strike

As the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, warms up for its warning strike scheduled to commence next Monday, it has appealed to well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the Federal Government to live up to her responsibility to avoid further disruptions in the education sector.

Addressing newsmen Wednesday, the Bauchi Zone of the union said the warming strike was designed to get government to honour the 2009 agreement with the union which has remained largely unimplemented.

The Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Usman Abubakar said the warning strike became necessary because of government’s lackluster attitude towards the implementation of the agreement.

He said issues in the collective agreement such as injection of funds into the university system to stem decay, payment of earned allowances related to post graduate training, project supervision, excess work load, teaching practice and 70 years retirement age for academics of the professor cadre, among others remain unimplemented.

The union view with dismay the high level of insecurity in the country, especially the cycle of sectarian insurrections in Jos and Bauchi, and the Boko Haram menace in Maiduguri, calling on government at all levels to live up to expectation.

According to them, they are irked by high and rising rate of unemployment in the country and the lip-service by government in ameliorating the same, adding that this is a potentials source of threat to the corporate existence of this great country.

ASUU further noted that the minimum wage pronouncement by the Federal Government and the effective date of implementation has created avenue for inflation with high rise of prices of commodities, stressing that this has brought untold hardship to the teaming populace in relation to  challenges of daily living.

The union therefore calls on well meaning Nigerians and bearers of goodwill to prevail on Federal Government to honourably act responsibly and live up to its responsibility to avoid further disruptions in the educational sector.

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