The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned the federal government that it would stage a nationwide strike in order to push for its demands for the implementation of its 2009 agreement it had with the government of the federation.
The Union’s Lagos state zone coordinator, Prof Olusoji Sowande, revealed this during a press conference on Tuesday, August 30 in Lagos. The university don stated that ASUU had decided to shut down the tertiary institutions because a good number of measures taken by the Union to see that the government answers the pending demands, have all been fruitless.
Sowande informed that the 2009 FG/ASUU agreement, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on financing of state universities, breaches of the conditions of service and re -negotiation of the agreement, have still not been resolved.
The professor likewise listed other demands like the exclusion of Nigerian citadels of knowledge from Pension Management Company and non-release of NEEDS Assessment Intervention Fund. The Lagos state ASUU coordinator informed that financing of state universities, earned academic allowance and renegotiation of the agreement were parts of the unresolved issues.
The university lecturer recollected that ASUU had shut down Nigerian universities in 2012 as well as 2013, which was one of the moves to ensure the government implemented the agreement, adding that the issue is still pending. Sowande said the 2009 agreement provided for a seasonal evaluation after every three years, in which the government has failed to do. He added that government was already in arrears of N605 billion as at the third quarter of 2016. He said that the government had refused to release N128 billion and N250 billion respectively for the earned academic allowance of three years after the MoU was signed.
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