ASUU begins indefinite strike over allowance

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on
Monday renewed its hostility with the Federal
Government as it declared an indefinite strike
action. The resolution followed the body’s
National Executive Committee meeting held at
the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye in
Ogun State on Sunday and dragged till the
early hours of Monday.
According to reports, 51 of the 53 branches of
ASUU unanimously agreed to embark on the
The strike with the government, The Nation
learned, followed the federal government‘s
failure to honour the Academic Earned
Allowance (AEA) which formed a component of
the 2009 Agreement government signed with
the union.
Declaring the strike, ASUU chairman University
of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter, Dr. Karo Ogbinaka,
who addressed reporters at the university
premises described the strike as a “painful yet
inevitable decision.” He added that ASUU is
tired of government’s dilly dallying, and
cannot allowed itself to be insulted any
Throwing more light on the AEA, Ogbinaka said
it includes allowances paid as part of excess
work load responsibility allowance, and
allowance for supervision of Post Graduate
Programmes for lecturers, head of department
(HoDs), Deans and exam officers, among
He added that the highest AEA is not more
than N12, 500 per month, wondering why it
has remained difficult for government to live
up to its promises.

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