Strike: ASUU to compile list, Punish lecturers still attending to students

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it would compile a list of errant lecturers who have continued to attend to the academic needs of students despite the ongoing industrial action by the union.

The union also threatened to sanction the lecturers found culpable.

The National President of the union, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this in an interview with the Punch correspondent in Abuja.

Campus Verve reports that ASUU had on Monday, February 14, 2022 announced a four-week total and comprehensive warning strike following the inability of the union and the Federal Government to reach a common ground on the demands of university lecturers.

The industrial action also joined by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) has grounded academic activities in public universities.

Some of ASUU’s demands include the release of revitalization funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.

Following the expiration of the initial four weeks of the warning strike, the union had gone ahead to declare another eight weeks saying that it was giving the government more time to attend to its needs.

But findings revealed that some lecturers in some federal universities were attending to students despite the declaration of the industrial action.

In an interview, Osodeke noted that the union was aware of some erring lecturers and that the union would sanction them.

“We are aware that some lecturers are attending to students despite the fact that the national body declared a strike. In a union where you have over 15,000 members, it is only normal that you will have some members who will go against the laid down rules.

“We are taking note of the said lecturers. We are compiling our list and they will be sanctioned at the end of the strike,” he said.

Meanwhile, A Lagos lawmaker, Mr Rasheed Makinde, has advised the Federal Government and striking workers’ unions in Nigerian universities to resolve disagreements for students to return to school for academic activities.

Makinde, a two-term lawmaker, representing Ifako- Ijaiye Constituency II in the Lagos State House of Assembly, made this plea while presenting a free Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration to 350 indigent students in the constituency.

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