Following the meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, 7th of January 2019, ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi has come out to explain why the union is yet to suspend the ongoing strike.
While speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Ogunyemi said the union is yet to conclude consultations with its members on the possible agreement presented by the Federal Government at the meeting.
He said, “Our members said they want to see evidence of satisfactory implementation of all they have proposed before the strike can be called off.”
Ogunyemi explained as well that what is on ground between the FG and ASUU is not an agreement but a proposal which the union insisted must be written down to show the government’s plans of action.
Recall that the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige on Monday after the meeting said that the FG has released N15.4 billion for the payment of the salary shortfalls, which according to him is one of the major demands of the union.
“On the issues of salaries in tertiary institutions, especially in universities, the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant General provided evidence that as of December 31, 2018, the FG had remitted N15.4 billion, the Minister said.
ASUU declared an indefinite nationwide strike on Monday, November 5, 2018 at its NEC meeting which was held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).