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ASUU Warns Of Imminent, Indefinite Strike

As one-week nationwide warning strike by university lecturers (ASUU) ends on Tuesday, the teachers are threatening to go on an indefinite strike if the federal government does not meet their demands.

A meeting with the Senate on Monday failed to resolve the issues.

The Chairman of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Chapter of the academic staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Mr. Ifeanyi Abada made this known on Tuesday in Nsukka, Enugu State.

Mr. Abada told the news agency of Nigeria (NAN), “ASUU was left with no choice than to proceed on the one-week warning strike; failure to fulfill our demands, we will go on an indefinite strike.”

He said that the chapter complied totally with the warning strike directive.

“The National executive Committee (NEC) made efforts to resolve this issue with the government but government remained unyielding.

“The strike compliance in UNN is total, no lectures, no examinations, no departmental and faculty meetings, as members will not participate.

“UNN chapter will not go back on the directive of the national body until the government addresses all the problems raised.

“Our monitoring team is moving round; any lecturer found teaching will be sanctioned accordingly,’’ he said.

According to Mr. Abada, among the demands of ASUU is that universities be exempted from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy.

Mr. Abada also noted that ASUU was also demanding the Federal Government’s implementation of an agreement it entered into with ASUU in 2009.

Amarachi Okafor, a student of the UNN’s Department of psychology, urged the government to meet ASUU’s demands to avoid an indefinite strike.

“I urge ASUU to consider the plight of students, who are spending additional years as well as their parents who are sponsoring them,” she added.

Another student, Emma Ochi of the Department of Mass Communication, pleaded with ASUU to think about the interest of students and avoid an indefinite strike.

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