By Muyiwa Adekojede
During the meeting held in Lagos, a source told Vanguard in confidence that the warning strike would allow the Federal Government to do the necessary, failing which the union would strike unabated or indefinite.
The National Executive Committee (NEC) members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have voted to embark on a one-month warning strike forcing the government to satisfy their demands.
“We just want to give the government a long rope hoping that it would see the need to avoid a total paralysis of academic activities in the nation’s universities. We are parents too and have our children in the system but we cannot watch and allow the total collapse of education in the country.
“Our agitation is in the interest of all and if the system is made better, we will all enjoy it. Prominent personalities in the country have waded into the matter but the government seems recalcitrant. Our National President would explain more when he briefs the press later today,” he stated.
The report by Vanguard did not specify when the warning strike would begin.
In recent years, the union has been striving to meet several demands, such as the payment of Earned Academic Allowance, the creation of a revitalization fund, and the replacement of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, IPPIS, with the University Transparency and Accountability System, UTAS, among others.