The Academic Staff Union of Universities, branch of Obafemi Awolowo University, has encouraged the union’s National Executive Council to declare an indefinite strike. The PUNCH reports.

This was disclosed in a statement made available to our correspondent.

The statement, which was signed by the department’s chairman, Adeola Egbedokun, reprimanded the federal government for “dragging on foot.”

The statement read in part: “Leading union officials met with the Education Minister who presented a ‘take it or leave it’ offer to the union. This offer was a far cry from the proposed agreement submitted to the government by the Nimi Briggs-led committee.

“The government proposed to release one hundred and seventy (170) billion naira for the revitalization fund. The government has proposed to release two tranches of EA as contained in the 2020 MOA.

“The effective date of the implementation of the above was proposed as June 2023, after all monetary implications have been captured in the 2023 budget. Congress also noted that despite the results of the test on UTAS, UPS and IPPIS, where UTAS emerged came out on top of the three, the government was still unwilling to deploy UTAS, but was instead setting up a Technical Committee to review IPPIS.

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“The government is also dragging its feet with the release of the Visitation Panel white paper.

“Congress has decided that members are more determined in their support for the leadership of ASUU; the National Secretariat should be present on social media to all the more engage and properly educate the young population.

“Members are not allowed to participate in any statutory meeting of the university, especially A and PC during the ongoing strike.

“NEC should be advised to convert the ongoing strike into an indefinite strike.”

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