by ‘Jola Sotubo
According to a faction of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the University of Lagos (UNILAG), the academic body plans to continue the ongoing strike till next year.
The faction reportedly said yesterday that ASUU had no plans to end the strike before January 2014.
The group, however went on to say that the plans of ASUU must not succeed as the four-month-old industrial action must be brought to an end this week.
The Tribune reports:
Leader of the faction, Dr Adeyemi Daramola, a lecturer in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts accused the body of assuming oracular posture on the strike.
According to him, “The position of ASUU has not demonstrated original function of its rules which says “reports on agreement from the union universities’ branches should be collated and announced”.
“ASUU-NEC has assumed an oracular posture by its very poor communication to members, government and the Nigerian society.
“The target of ASUU is to call off the strike by mid-January of 2014 which is no longer a rumour in the domain of its members. We have postponed other meetings of this pressure version of UNILAG.
ASUU to discuss issues and shall call a new one if ASUU-NEC fails to suspend the strike before the end off the week.
“If necessary, we shall take all legitimate steps to ensure that normalcy is restored to all the Nigerian universities as soon as possible, as the group would not accept the rumour of a resumption date fixed for January, 2014. About two universities’ academic calendar have been wasted on strike, including lecturers’ four months salaries lost.”
Meanwhile, the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike has condemned the new conditions set out by the leadership of ASUU as a yardstick to call off its over four month old strike.Wike, who spoke in Abuja on Monday added, that the Union though indicated readiness to call off the over-prolonged industrial action.
He stressed that the Federal Government and members of the National Assembly would engage the union further on its decision.
According to him, “ASUU has given new conditions, after they had an agreement with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Villa.