According to ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, the lecturers took the
decision to declare the strike after deliberations at its National
Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the University of Abuja during
In a document titled: “Strike Bulletin No.1”, which was signed and
issued by Ogunyemi, ASUU said the strike action was to be a total,
comprehensive and indefinite action whereby no form of academic
activities including teaching, attendance of any meeting, conduct and
supervision of any examination at any level, supervision of project or
thesis at any level should take place at any of the nation’s
The union recalled that it had to embark on a six month strike
between July and December 2013 and the strike was suspended when
government signed an MoU with the union.
“Of all the items contained in the MoU, only the N200b out of a total
of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalisation (Needs Assessment)
fund was released.
“The union also embarked on a one week warning strike in November
2016 to press for the implementation of 2013 MoU. However government did
not implement the understanding reach between the union and Federal
Government base on the intervention by the leadership of Senate of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The union has also met with the 2009 Agreement Implementation
Monitoring Committee, IMC, and had written several letters press
releases and communiqués on the outstanding issues to no avail.
“The National Executive Council, NEC, of ASUU then met at the
University of Abuja on August 12 2017 to consider the result of a
referendum from all branches in a bid to ascertain ways of convincing
government to implement outstanding aspects of the 2009 and the MoU of
ASUU further listed the outstanding issues with the Federal
Government to include: payment of fractions/non-payment of salaries;
non-payment of earned academic allowances, non-release of operational
license of NUPEMCO; non implementation of the provisions of the 2014
pension reform act with respect to retired professors and their
salaries, removal of universities staff schools from funding by
government and funds for the revitalisation of public universities.