Nigerian Universities have been on strike for approximately 3 months now leaving Nigerian students helpless roaming the streets.
There have been series of meetings between the ASUU and Federal Government to resolve this issue and send students back to school but it all ended in deadlock.
Over the weekend the the president of ASUU Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking during a press conference held at the ASUU Secretariat, University of Ibadadan gave out the unions demands.
Prof Ogunyemi disclosed that the union (ASUU) can only call off the strike when the Federal Government releases the sum of N50 billion naira vitalization fund.
“We want them to pay immediately N50billion as a sign of commitment this quarter and for the next three quarters government can pay N50billion in each quarter”
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) according to the president have decided that only concrete evidence of implementation by the government would make them return to the classrooms.
The drama between the Federal Government and ASUU has been around for ages and the Union seem to be ready for the Government this time. The Union has through it’s president Prof Ogunyemi made the Federal Government aware that they no longer trust them hence their demands must be met.
According to Daily Trust:
“Ogunyemi further revealed that other conditions attached to the suspension of the strike is the presentation of concrete evidence of the payment of the promised N20billion earned academic allowances and showing how the balance of N85billion will be paid with timelines”
While speaking on why the Union rejected the FGs offer of N20 billion, the president of ASUU said the FG should include it along with other demands by the ASUU into the 2019 budget which is still being worked upon by the National Assembly.
“Our members are saying government should take steps to mainstream it into the 2019 budget and that is not late because they (National assembly and executive) are still working on the budget,”
He further stressed the Unions stands by saging:
“Our members have insisted on the release of at least N50billion. In relation to earned academic allowances which they have an outstanding N105billion our members are saying that even if you (Government) are releasing N20billion let it be stated clearly that it is only for ASUU members and the balance which you promised to pay in four instalments, attach timelines to the balance and figures. In 2017, this government promised to mainstream the earned academic allowances into the budget so that we wont be coming to talk about arrears”
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