The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on a nation wide strike on the 4th of November 2018. This strike has now lasted for 2 months, with still no official statement of it being likely to be called off. Although, there have been several rumors from the Federal Government and the general public of the strike being called off, but yesterday, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities came out to debunk such rumors. According to Professor Balogun, after the meeting between the ASUU team and the Federal Government, both parties are yet to reach an agreement.
He also stated in the bulletin that members of the union shall not engage in the upcoming elections but any member of the union can voluntarily conduct in the elections. This has been the major push by the government to end the strike due to its possible adverse effect on the elections.
In the bulletin released, the President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi stated “In accordance with ASUU’s long standing position, ASUU as a umiom will not participate in the conduct of the 2019 general election”. There have also been many rumors of Universities in the country, kick starting academic activities. The professor also came out to caution those institutions and encourage them to abide by the rules of the strike.
After the meeting between the FG and the Union on monday, the government announced that the Ministry of Finance had released N15.4 billion to the union for the rehabilitation of the countries universities.
There are also rumors that the Nation’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N20 billion for payment of outstanding arrears and allowances to the universities.
The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities who confirmed the agreement stated that some of the Federal Government’s proposals have to be deliberated upon by members of the association before any decision can be made.
All hands seem to be on deck and there is a proposed meeting to hold today, being the 10th of January 2019