With the hopes of the masses rising high and anticipating the call-off of the 2months strike, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have rejected monetary offers made by the federal government earlier this week to rehabilitate the nation’s universities and pay allowances. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr. Chris Ngige stated in the 7th meeting between ASUU and the government said the dispute between ASUU and the government was on the verge of being solved. The minister stated that the Ministry of Finance had confirmed and presented adequate evidence that the sum of 15.4 billion naira had been released to the nation’s public universities for the purpose of rehabilitation and that the President, Muhammadu Buhari had approved the sum of 20 billion naira to settle allowances and arrears of the university lecturers from 2009 to 2012.
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Also, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi stated today that after reviewing the offers with the union body, members of the union have rejected the offer and have decided to go on with the strike. Prof. Biodun stated that the reason for going on with the strike is that the government offer was a common tokenism rather than delivering the outstanding revitalization fund of 1.1 trillion naira. He stated concerning allowances that the proposal from the government shouldn’t be lesser than the previously released amount. In the Professor’s words, he said “Our members have rejected tokenism with respect to the outstanding fund of 1.1 trillion naira. The revitalization fund and earned academic allowances are two critical areas on which the union members feel strong about”. He added that the union expects necessary adjustments from the government before the consider halting the ongoing strike. This indefinite strike kicked off on the 4th of November 2018. Reasons for the strike being
- Implementation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreements
- Memorandum of Understanding(MoU; 2012 and 2013)
- Memorandum of Action(MoA, 2017)
- Truncation of the renegotiation of the union’s agreements
In addition, the Union has stated that to pay the 1.1 trillion revitalization fund, the government should release at least 220billion naira over four quarters of 2019.
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