The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it is ready to start negotiations with the Federal Government to resolve the ongoing strike. ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said the meeting with the Federal Government representatives has been planned for Thursday, at the instance of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.
He opines that the N200 billion allocated by the Federal Government in September 2018 was not the problem but that N200 billion was supposed to be released in October 2018 as part of the 2013 agreement.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government had agreed to allocate N1.3 trillion to finance universities at N220 billion yearly for five years.
“If the government fails to finance public universities the condition on campuses may degenerate, worse than the already poor quality teaching and learning environment,’’ he stated.
The ASUU president, however, insisted that the ‘No work no pay’ threats by the government would not affect the lecturers as the industrial action was legal in Nigerian labour law (NLL) and international conventions, which Nigeria is a signatory.
He added that ASUU is looking forward to the meeting scheduled for today (Thursday, 15th of November) hoping that the meeting will be used to resolve the ongoing issue, and not to continue to raise an alarm that past administration made bogus agreements with the university lecturers.
The lecturers continued the ongoing strike on November 5 to make their demands known
Some of the demands included: that the Federal Government should nominate another chairman of the government renegotiating team of the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government Agreement.
Other demands were: non-payment of Earned allowance, funding of revitalization of the Nigerian universities, implementation of needs assessment report, poor funding of state universities, among others to name a few.
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