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ASUU STRIKE: Union declares strike will continue until FG start making payments

Amadin Ogbewe

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared that the ongoing strike will continue until the Federal Government pays portions of the owed funds.  

The Union said that they wanted to see actions from the Government before they would act.

According to Ogunyemi, in 2018 the federal government promised to release funds for the revitalisation of public universities, which was one of the demands of the union, but failed to do so.

Meanwhile ASUU has also refused to participate in the 2019 elections.

The Union did not want to a repetition of the past, hence the demand for the Government to act first, this time around.

He said: “As for the proposal, it can be disaggregated. There are items there that require implementation. If they are setting up a committee on state universities, and they actually do, it is not something we need to agree on. It is about action.

“If they have implemented it, it is off the list. If the government says it will pay a shortfall of salaries on a certain date, and the date comes and they release the money, it is also implementation. There is no agreement on the matter.

“On the revitalisation fund, we presented to the government that five tranches of N220bn each were outstanding. The government has not said it will release one, even if it is spread over a period of one year. There is no agreement on that. What they are offering is not even up to one tranche.

“Last year, they promised to release the fund but they did not till November when the strike began. Long story short, our members are saying they do not want promises again, what they want is action, implementation or disbursement of funds. The government must act in a way to convince the union that agreement has not been set aside; to show that government has not set aside the agreement, they should release one tranche.”

“They said they would pay the shortfall of salary arrears of what was removed from workers’ salaries. There are 20 universities identified. The money will be available by January 18. It is around the corner and we will see if it will come,” he added.

The statement was also released via the Union’s official Twitter page. 

See tweets below 

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