PLASU ASUU Protests FG’s Failure To Implement 2009 Agreement

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BY UKANDI ODEY, JOS – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Plateau State University  branch, has carried out a protest march within the university campus in Bokkos against the failure of the federal government to sign and implement the 2009 agreement that was negotiated with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The agreement was in respect of the Nimi Briggs Committee report, and other issues affecting public universities.

Chairman of the union, Dr. Monday Hassan Zitta, and the secretary, Dr. Lomka Iliya kopdiya, said at a press Conference on Friday, June 28, 2024 that the protest was in compliance with the directive of the National Executive Council (NEC).

According to ASUU, the aim was to call on the federal government to honor all agreements reached with it in 2009 on critical issues regarding conditions of service, funding, and university autonomy.

It lamented that successive governments have deliberately refused to honour the agreement, which would be in the best interest of the masses.

ASUU noted that in their campaign promises, politicians, particularly President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, promised that the issues would be resolved and that there would be no more strikes.

In the words of ASUU; “However, it has been over a year now, and they have demonstrated a clear unwillingness to take any action to solve these problems.

According to the duo, the compounding economic hardship in the country has made it so difficult that many of the highly ranked lecturers, who should be present to mentor the upcoming ones, are leaving the country in search of better opportunities.

Part of the protest was also about the non-implementation of the 20-25-35% wage award for Plateau university staff in the state and the exclusion of university workers in the payment of palliatives as well as the absence of a governing council in their state university and other unaddressed matters.

The university academic staff emphasized that Plateau State University is a public university that has benefited tremendously from the past struggles of the union and therefore called on the federal and state governments to take the responsibility of ensuring quality university education seriously.

The lecturers expressed the hope that the protests would sensitize the public, particularly the civil society, religious leaders, and women in Nigeria, to intervene in order to prevent a looming strike action.

The ASUU members in the course of the protest, marched from the venue of their meeting to the main gate of the University, chanting solidarity songs and carrying banners.

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