Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have requested that Nigerians hold the Federal Government responsible for their next action on government’s failure to honour an agreement it signed with them.
ASUU spoke of its plan to hold an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) this week with its leaders and principal officials to determine its members’ next line of action.
The union revealed that it will follow-up its NEC meeting with consultations with all its arms should the government cease to implement its promises to his aggrieved lecturers.
ASUU’s latest threat came after the expiration of the August 31 deadline given to the Federal Government to meet its demands.
The Federal Government has not said anything on the latest agitations by the varsity teachers.
Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige again could not be reached for reaction as the several calls placed to his mobile phone last night were not returned.
ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke disclosed that the NEC would meet to weigh available options and take a position.
The lecturers called off their eight-month strike in December last year after ASUU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government.
After diverse complaints of breach of agreement, the federal government team, led by Ngige, met with the lecturers on August 2 to evaluate the level of implementation of the MoU.
Ngige said the Federal Government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will disburse N30 billion as revitalisation fund to universities the following week.
However, Osodeke blamed the government of failing to release the money and implement other agreements after the August meeting.
He alleged government officials have stopped picking calls from ASUU leaders.
Prof Osodeke said: “ASUU never proposed a strike, we said if government does not meet all our demands by the end of August, the union will meet and consider the action to take.
“But the country should hold the government responsible for any action we take and that was what we said we didn’t mention embarking on strike.
“The ASUU president cannot just wake up one morning and pronounce we are going on strike not even the principal officers, we have to go through our branches.
“The ultimatum will end today so we will hold a meeting with our members to determine the way forward.”