Ongoing nationwide warning strike embarked by the Academic staff union of universities, Lagos state University chapter has opened up the real reason they are yet to join the industrial action as the federal government on Wednesday, announced the ASUU decision to withdraw their services is illegal and corruption, Voiceairmedia reports.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos State University (ASUU-LASU) Chapter has revealed reasons it is yet to take a stand over the ongoing two-week warning strike.
The ASUU-LASU Chairman, Dr. Ibrahim Bakare, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that academic activities were ongoing in the university as his chapter was yet to join the two-week warning strike.
ASUU had on Monday declared a two-week warning strike over the Federal Government’s refusal to pay lecturers not enrolled in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement, among other issues.
“It is only our congress that will direct us on what to do. Our colleagues should not be intimidated. They should remain available for our students.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has described the ongoing two-week warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as illegal and an act of corruption.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, made the government position known while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The meeting, which lasted for over seven hours, was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Ngige, however, expressed shock over the ASUU decision to withdraw their services, saying that the mandatory strike notice was not given by the union and hence making the industrial action illegal.
“I was shocked on Monday when I read and saw some people coming out of the university that lecturers have gone on strike.
“I have my children in Nigerian university and I saw them and it is not a very cherry news. They didn’t give us the mandatory notice before going on strike. So for a start, this strike is illegal.
“They said it is a warning striking but there is nothing like warning strike. A strike is withdrawal of services for which you are being paid.
“Then, the question will arise, if you don’t go to work, do you want to be paid? Is it not corruption? So this is the dilemma,’’ he said.
“By next week, the congress will have its meeting as there are quite a number of pending issues concerning the welfare of our academic members that need to be addressed.