We’ll send students home – ASUU issues 2 weeks ultimatum to FG over 2009 agreement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) University of Uyo branch, has again threatened to embark on an industrial action if the Federal Government fails to honour its 2009 renegotiated agreement.

ASUU through its Akwa Ibom chairman, Prof Opeyemi Olajide on Wednesday, June 26 issued a two-week ultimatum within which government is expected to act.

Olajide was among the union members that staged a public sensitization protest on Wednesday at the University of Uyo town campus.

He recalled that in 2022, public universities embarked on eight months strike over the outstanding issues and had to come back to classrooms in obedience to the rule of law.

But noted that that two years after, the Federal Government is not willing to honour the agreement and attend to their demands and the union reached out to relevant authorities to intervene but, there was no positive result.

The union boss warned that if after two weeks nothing was done, the union will shut down the universities and send the students home.

Olajide said; “In the year 2022, ASUU was on strike for eight months, public universities in Nigeria were shut down, students were sent home because federal government of Nigeria refused to address ASUU demands as contained in renegotiated 2009 agreement which Academic Staff Unions of Nigerian Universities had with them.

“ASUU suspended the strike because our union is very civil, law-abiding and has respect for rule of law. This is two years after, the Federal Government has refused to sign that agreement with our union.

“We are telling government and the public that if in the next two weeks nothing is done, ASUU is going to embark on yet another strike and students will be sent home.”

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