The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Chairman, Prof. Ogunyemi, did revealed during a press conference today in Abuja, that the prolonged strike was only conditionally suspended.
At first, there were fears the the strike may not be called off, because some lecturers had said that without the government paying the whole salary arrears owed them, there won’t be resumption back to classroom.
But Ogunyemi, who reiterated during the briefing that from tomorrow, the suspension of the strike would take effect, however, warned that the union would not hesitate to return to strike without notice, if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers.
It will be recalled that the University lecturers had embarked on industrial action since the month of March, and while several negotiations has been held between the union and the Federal Government, both parties were unable to resolve the bone of contention until now.
Moreover, worthy of note is that ASUU has always been locked in a protracted dispute with the Nigerian government over issues connected to poor funding of public universities. Every time the dispute boiled over to strike by the teachers, negotiations between the two parties always produced agreements.
However, the government’s failure to meet the teachers’ expectations within the context of the agreements have been a primary reason ASUU has been on strike almost every year since 1999.
Consequently, in your view, do you think the Federal Government or the ASUU is to be blamed from the recurrent universities strike ?