The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared a nationwide strike and mass action commencing Wednesday to force the Federal Government to revert the pump price of fuel from N145 to N86.50.
According to a letter signed by the National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, which was read at the University of Ibadan Chapter, members of the union are advised to get ready for mass resistance to what the ASUU President called an obnoxious and callous policy of fuel price increment.
The ASUU UI Chapter Chairman, Dr Deji Omole, who read the letter, said the policy of subsidy removal was the most criminal ambush from the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to empower the rich and cripple the poor.
The ASUU boss who said that the common denominator to all Nigerians is poverty added that the same APC government that failed to pay civil servants for months is now celebrating budget signing with the legalization of black market.
Omole who noted that many state governors who now align with the removal of subsidy ran their states aground through wasteful spending added that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) should beam search lights on state governors.
The ASUU president in the letter entitled “Increase in Pump price of Premium Motor Spirit to N145 perlitre: 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”