ASUU resumes meeting with Federal Government
The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, has said that the union will suspend its 10-week-old strike provided their demand for the Federal Government to release N50bn to upgrade public universities and N20bn to pay lecturers their allowances in their meeting on Monday are met.
ASUU resumes its negotiation with the Federal Government today the 21st of January with Professor Ogunyemi making it clear that the union will not shift its ground unless the government releases the money.
However, he said the union had lost trust in the government since itshe past failures in fulfillment of previous agreements.
Professor Ogunyemi, speaking with the press, said ASUU had rejected government’s proposal of N20bn to be paid in two tranches to revitalise public universities.
He said the union had asked the government to include the earned academic allowances in the 2019 budget.
Professor Ogunyemi said that, “We want them to pay N50bn as a sign of commitment this quarter.
“Our members have rejected the 20bn proposed by them that will be spread over two quarters in 2019. Our members have insisted on the release of at least N50bn“.
Still speaking, He said that “On the earned academic allowances, with N105bn not yet paid, our members are saying that even if you (government) are releasing N20bn, let it be stated clearly that it is only for ASUU members, and the balance which you promised to pay by four instalments, attach timelines to the balance and figures“.