It is a popular saying that you can’t graduate from a Nigerian University without undergoing ASUU strike. Though it sounds funny, it appears to be true. The current ASUU strike 2017 is a continuation of the ASUU strikes of 2009 and 2013. We have decided to bring to you the Top 5 Causes Of ASUU Strikes In Nigeria. This will also contain the major causes of disagreement between ASUU and the Federal Government.
ASUU stands for Academic Staff Union of Universities. In 2009, it entered an agreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria. This agreement was sealed with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). However, the reasons for the strikes have been the inability of the federal government to keep part of its promise. So, here, you will see the Top 5 Causes of ASUU strikes in Nigeria.
Top 5 Causes Of ASUU Strikes In Nigeria
Here are the reasons for the strikes in Nigeria. They include:
- Staff Bonus Issues
One major cause of the ASUU strike is the issue of staff bonus and entitlement. ASUU stated that one of the problems was disagreement between the union and government to include payment of fraction to staff entitlement and the denial of staff entitlement in respect of earned academic allowance amounting to about N128 billion. This also includes funding of universities for revitalisation and the refusal to register the lecturers under the Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company by the National Pension Commission.
- Introduction of Treasury Single Account (TSA)
ASUU argues that the TSA undermines the autonomy of Nigerian universities. The persistence of the Federal govt to include and retain ASUU account under the TSA contributes to the strike.
- Decrease In Budgetary Allocation To Education
The continues decline in budgetary allocation to education is also a bone of contention. In 2015, it was 11 per cent in 2015. It dropped to 8 per cent in 2016. According to ASUU, the continues and progressive decline in education allocation will lead to more strike.
- Revitalization Of Universities
In 2013, a total of 1.3 trillion was budgeted for the revitalisation of the Nigerian universities in. however, there is still arrears of N605 billion.
- 2009 & 2013Agreement
ASUU frowns at the federal govt’s inability to keep to the terms of the 2009 and 2013 agreements. Part of the terms in which the govt has defaulted include: Payments of staff entitlements since December 2015, funding of universities for revitalisation, pension, TSA and university autonomy and renegotiation of 2009 Agreement.”
As you have seen, the above issues are the Top 5 Causes Of ASUU Strikes In Nigeria. Until these issues are addressed, the 2017 strike may not be the last.
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