A fresh strike by academics at the country’s public universities cannot be ruled out in 2023, according to Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, a former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
On Saturday, Ogunyemi revealed this while participating in the end-of-year special 2022: In Retrospect on Channels TV.
Remember that in 2022, ASUU began a prolonged strike that lasted more than eight months in response to demands for enhanced welfare and unpaid earned allowances, among other things.
However, ASUU called off the strike when the Industrial Court ordered its members to go back to work.
However, using its no-work, the no-pay policy as the justification, the Federal Government only paid the lecturers 50% of their wages for the month of October.
Ogunyemi said that the Federal Government doesn’t care about ASUU’s problems and that it is unfair not to pay its members in arrears since they also work in arrears.
“We must understand what triggers strike action. I don’t think anybody can promise you there will be no strike (in 2023),” Ogunyemi said.