Like striking Medical Doctors alleged, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has also said the Federal Government was playing games with them by being evasive over agreed demands that galvanized suspension of their strike.
ASUU therefore on Tuesday asked Nigerians to hold the Federal Government responsible for their next action on government’s failure to honor an agreement it signed with them.
ASUU’s latest threat followed the expiration of the August 31 deadline issued to the Federal Government to meet its demands. It was expected they would resume strike 1st September but ASUU said it needed to have internal consultations within its branches.
ASUU spoke of a plan to hold an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) this week with its leaders and principal officials to decide its members’ next line of action.
The union said it will follow-up its NEC meeting with consultations with all its chapters should the government fail to implement its promises to his aggrieved lecturers.
The Federal Government has not spoken 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 said the NEC would convene 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 several complaints of breach of agreement, the federal government team, led by Ngige, met with the lecturers on August 2 to review the level of implementation of the MoU.
Ngige said the Federal Government, through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will release N30 billion as revitalization fund to universities the following week.
But the Federal Government threw the blame on the Central Bank which according to them was withholding payments due to bureaucratic procedures.
It therefore begged ASUU for understanding and patience asking the body not to go on strike again.