The one week warning strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU entered its second day on Thursday, as attempts by the Senate to stop the industrial dispute failed Wednesday night.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, Senator Jibrin Barau, who addressed journalists, said the Senate could not stop the warning strike.
He, however, said its intervention would prevent the strike from transforming to an indefinite action.
The ASUU embarked on a one week warning strike over failure by the Federal Government to implement the 2009 Agreement and 2013 MoU.
ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, spoke on Monday at the University of Abuja during a press conference organised by the union. Ogunyemi said following a nationwide consultation with members, the National Executive Council, NEC, of ASUU resolved to embark on a one week warning strike from Wednesday November16.
“Many aspects of the 2013 MoU and the 2009 agreement with the Federal Government have either been unimplemented or despairingly handled.The agreements are: Payments of staff entitlements since December 2015, funding of universities for revitalisation, pension, TSA and university autonomy and renegotiation of 2009 Agreement.
“Failure by the Federal Government to implement this agreement has put ASUU leadership in severe difficulty, responding to inquiries from members of the union about the state of our agreement,” he said.