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I am Best networks gathered that The Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU) will embarking on a one week warning strike
over failure the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreement
and 2013 MOU.

ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, spoke on Monday at
the University of Abuja during a  press conference organised the
union.

Ogunyemi said following a nation-wide consultation with members, the
National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU  resolved to embark on a one
week warning strike from Wednesday Nov.16.

“Many aspects of the 2013 MoU and the 2009 Agreement with the Federal
Government have either been unimplemented or despairingly handled.

“The agreements are: Payments of staff entitlements since December
2015, funding of universities for revitalisation, pension, TSA and
university autonomy and renegotiation of 2009 Agreement.

“Failure the Federal Government to implement this agreement has
put ASUU leadership in severe difficulty, responding to inquiries from
members of the union about the state of our agreement,’’ he said.

The ASUU president said that during the warning strike, there shall
be no teaching, examination and no attendance at statutory meetings in
all branches.

He, however, called on all education-loving Nigerians to prevail on
the Federal Government to address the patriotic demands of ASUU until
the Nigerian university system is repositioned.

“With the release of the 2016 Annual Budget, our union wondered aloud
why allocation to education dropped from 11 per cent in 2015 to eight
per cent in 2016.

“With the introduction of TSA, the federal universities find it
extremely difficult to discharge their core responsibilities of
teaching, research and community services.

“We tried to correct the erroneous impression in government circles
that the capital and research grants to universities were being handled
the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund),’’ he said.

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