Strike: FG Yet To Meet Most Of The Demands- ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says the Federal Government is yet to address most of the issues for the union’s recent strike.
ASUU had late last year called off an eight-month strike after a series of negotiations with the Federal Government. Part of the lecturers’ demands is the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
But months after the development, the union said the government is yet to address most of its demands including the payment of salary backlogs.
“As far as this present government is concerned, once the strike is over, the issue is resolved unknown to them that a strike is a symptom of a problem. They have abandoned the problem. Since we called off the strike based on a court directive, not a single meeting has been called. Not a kobo has been paid,” he told Channels Television on Thursday.
According to him, the union members are battling to meet up with the academic calendar in spite of the government’s posture.
“It is so unfortunate that they don’t have any regard for the Nigerian education system,” Osodeke added.
The ASUU chief also spoke about the recently approved N320.3 billion 2023 intervention for public tertiary institutions. He commended the government for the fund release and asked for redistribution of the fund to ensure 90% goes to the tertiary institutions.
“It (N320bn fund) is a good development, this is part of what we struggle for in 1994, it is our struggle, but there are issues we need to sort out,” Osodeke said.