The Academic Staff of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has joined the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) strike that started on Monday, November 5, 2018.

The Chairperson of the chapter, Christopher Echerobia averred that lecturers in FUTO had unanimously resolved to embark on a total, indefinite and comprehensive strike to press home their demand for a better and meaningful university system.

According to him, the decision of the academic body is among other things to compel the government to address issues of funding for revitalization of public universities based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2012 and 2017.

They are also demanding payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) to ASUU members at the University of Ilorin without further delay and payment of all arrears of shortfall in salaries to all universities that have met the verification requirements of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA).

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"ASUU being the voice of the voiceless would not fold its arms to allow our public education vis a viz the public universities (which remains the only hope of survival for the common man) to rot away,” Echerobia said.

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