As the Nigerian Labour Congress set to begin a National strike over the increment of Fuel price, the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), has also deemed it fit to embark on an indefinite strike in protest of the hiked in the pump price of petroleum.
This decision was made known through a letter sent the member-institutions across the country. The letter was reportedly written by the National President of the Union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, via the medium declared indefinite strike over the increment of fuel pump price.
The union said the government should reverse the oil price to N86 per litre.
The letter was read at the University of Ibadan, where the chapter Chairman of the Union, Dr Deji Omole mobilized members to get ready for mass resistance to what he called the obnoxious and callous policy of fuel price increment.
According to Omole, the policy of subsidy removal was the most criminal ambush from the Mohammadu Buhari-led federal government to empower the rich and cripple the poor.
The ASUU boss, who said that the common denominator to all Nigerians was poverty, added that the same APC government that failed to pay civil servants for months was now celebrating budget signing with the legalization of black market.
ASUU president in the letter entitled “Increase in Pump price of Premium Motor Spirit to N145 per-litre: Proposal for Joint Action with NLC stated that ASUU members are called upon to according to our Union’s principles, fully respect Article 2 of the Constitution of ASUU; that our Union and members shall work for the protection and advancement of the socio-economic interests of the nation. Branch Chairpersons are to conduct emergency congress meetings on Tuesday 17 May 2016 to mobilise our members for the action commencing on Wednesday. All branches of ASUU nationwide are to comply”.
Ogunyemi anchored the position on “delayed, partially paid and in most cases unpaid salaries for a number of months by state, federal and local governments, disguised retrenchment of workers, especially by State Governments, in the name of verification exercise and endless hunt for ghost workers and heavy taxation”.