The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said downing tools is the only way forward as it accused the federal government of its failure to implement the Memorandum of Action (MOA) signed with the union in December last year.
Addressing journalists in a statement, ASUU, owerri zone said it was unfortunate the union would contemplate another nationwide strike barely nine months it suspended the last one.
He noted that the federal government should be held responsible as they were left with no choice since it seemed strike was the only language the government understands.
He refuted government’s claims of wide corruption being addressed by IPPIS in universities financial management, calling for release of white paper and the report of the visitation panels as well as reconstitution of the governing councils of the three Universities of Agriculture at Abeokuta, Makurdi and Umudike, respectively.
According to him: “We’ve tried to look for other alternative avenues to attract the government attention, but all appears meaningless to them. It’s obvious that it’s only when we embark on strike that they will look our way.
“Until the government realises that this vicious circle does nobody any good and arises to its responsibility, we have no option but to drop our tools.”
The Zone is made up of branches in Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Imo State University, Federal University of Agriculture Umudike, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam.