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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on a two-week warning strike that is continuing over issues relating to the 2009-2019 memorandum with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

On Monday, 9th of March 2020, the National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, stated during a press conference, after the National Executive Committee meeting which was held at Dannic Hotel, Enugu, that the main issues to be addressed with this industrial action are;

  • The alleged imposition of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS)
  • Non-payment of February 2020 salaries
  • Poor funding and the proliferation of State universities
  • Re-negotiation of the 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement
  • Non-remittance of third party deduction of salaries of members

This warning strike, although set at two-weeks for now, has already had a great impact in the 24 hours since its inception.

UNILORIN, a tertiary institution prolific for its adamance on continuing academic activities despite ASUU strikes in the past, has, for the first time in 20 years, stalled ongoing examinations.

Chairman of the ASUU branch, Unilorin, Professor Moyosore Ajao, expressed his displeasure at the actions and inactions of the federal government and stated that, while it is an ironical event, Unilorin would be partaking in this warning strike.

Students across the country have reacted to the strike in two distinct ways, with one section being exasperated by what seems to be a yearly ritual by the association, and the other section expressing delight at the much-anticipated break from academic activities.

At the end of this two-week warning strike, it is expected that the FG would conduct a redress of the situation and proffer solution, otherwise, it may result in another elongated strike period.