Another strike by members of the
Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) is imminent as there is fear over
the implementation of the
Memorandum of Understanding reached
with the federal government.
Indications emerged as the national treasurer
of ASUU, Dr Tunde Aremu, while speaking at
a luncheon held in honour of media for their
roles in the last strike in Ibadan yesterday,
disclosed that government was yet to release
the N220 billion for 2014-2018 programmes.
He warned that the gates of the universities
might again be shut should government
refuse to implement the MoU reached at the
tail-end of the last strike.
Aremu explained that the money was to be
released on quarterly basis and deposited at
the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). However,
he expressed fears that the MoU reached
with the government before the last strike
was called off might end up not being
implemented as agreed.
Wondering why the government let the last
strike continue for 5 months, he said that
they don’t want another strike to be
While commending the media, Aremu said
that the emancipation of Nigeria depends on
the media and urged them not to rest in their
He said the struggle for the implementation
of the 2009 agreement had been partially
won and called on the media to beam their
searchlights on the universities on how the
money would be spent.
Meanwhile the chairman University of Ibadan
chapter of ASUU, Dr Olusegun Ajiboye, said
the union had no option than to proceed on
the inevitable strike since all avenues to let
government realize the need to implement
the agreement had failed.
Ajiboye lamented that the government didn’t
manage to use the resources at its disposal to
effectively fund the educational system of the
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