Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri
Following the resolution of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to embark on an indefinite strike, the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) chapter of ASUU has complied with the parent body with immediate effect.
Rising from its congress yesterday, the union unanimously resolved to join the indefinite strike, to press home their demand for a better and meaningful university system.
Briefing newsmen, the chairperson of ASUU FUTO, Christopher Echereobia, said they decided to join the strike because the Federal Government reneged on the 2012-2013 agreement of funding of revitalisation of public universities based on the ASUU Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
He also said the union advocated for reconstitution of the current government team to allow for a negotiation with the ASUU renegotiation team in the interest of the nation.
The union, among other reasons for embarking on the strike, wants the payment of all arrears of shortfall in salaries to all universities that have met the verification requirements of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA).
Echereobia added that the strike would be a “no teaching, no examination and no attendance to statutory meetings of any kind.”