Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Federal Government to fulfill the full implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) the two parties willingly signed in October 2017 before the ongoing strike could be called off.
ASUU President, Abiodun Ogunyemi, made this known on Sunday, as he rejected allegation that the union was not willing to accept the Federal Government’s offer in order to put an end to the ongoing strike.
Besides, Mr. Ogunyemi also reiterated that the union demands a change of leadership of the negotiation team before anything concrete could be discussed between both parties.
“Some of these conditions, ASUU said, include the full implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) the two parties willingly signed in October 2017,” he said.
“So the MoA must be implemented fully before we can even talk of suspension of the strike. If they implement the outstanding issues in the MoA fully and change the leadership of the negotiating team, then we can go back to the negotiation,” Ogunyemi said.
“As they (schools) currently stand, they can neither attract competent foreign lecturers or foreign students who could add to their global rating.
“Our prayer is that the meeting should be productive, because contrary to the people’s belief, we don’t also enjoy embarking on strike. It affects us as individuals as it affects the nation.
“Unfortunately, that is the language the government understands. Each time ASUU goes on strike our work is disrupted. But what work are we doing under unfavourable conditions?” He asked.