Benin City - The fragile peace that government owned university have enjoyed over the past few months may soon be shattered if the threat by the National Association of Academic technologists (NAAT), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Institutions(NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian universities (SSANU) is carried out.
Lending his voice to the call, chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Benin Chapter, Dr. Anthony Monye-Emina, said the treat is real.
He spoke to the NIGERIAN OBSERVER in Benin City yesterday.
According to the ASUU chairman, the university system has continued to be on the decline.
He gave the indication that ASUU may and well join in the strike.
“Remember ASUU national signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government in early 2012, until today none of the issues raised in that MOU has been addressed”, he noted.
Dr. Monye-Emina stressed that strike is the only language government understands and so the
Different unions will continue to use it.
According to the university don, “several years now, we have always believed in dialogue, it is when that fails that we usually embark on strike, it is always used as the last option”, he explained.
He recalled that since the last strike by the union in 2011 and the subsequent agreement reached with the federal government, nothing has been heard about the implementation.
NAAT, NASU and SSANU had on Monday directed their branches across the country to mobilize members for an indefinite strike as a result of the failure of the federal government to fully implement the 2009 joint agreement.