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ASUU Urges FG to Show Evidence of Commitment

 Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President. Photo: PM News
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President. Photo: PM News

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), according to reports, has urged the Federal Government to show concrete evidence of commitment to agreements on meeting its demands on its ongoing strike.

The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made it known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday. He said the union will communicate its decision on offers made by the government on Tuesday.

“We have been reviewing the offer made by the government and we have concluded our consultations with our members.

“We have concluded our consultations and hopefully by tomorrow we are going to transmit the feedback from our members to the Minister of Labor and Employment. What we said was that we are not insisting on having the total package.

“We are saying if government could give us one out of the five tranches on the revitalization fund it will be kind of bending backward in the interest of the students and national interest.

“So, rather than insisting that government should release a total of one trillion naira which we know is not feasible, government can at least give one tranche that can be spread over four quarters, starting with the first quarter now.

“This is the shit that the media are misinterpreting to mean a fresh demand. There is no fresh demand on our list whether you are talking of revitalization or earned academic allowance,” Ogunyemi stated.

On the aspect of earned academic allowances, Ogunyemi said that the FG had promised to release N20 billion and that the balance would be spread over four installments but without stating timelines.

“Our members are insisting on having timelines for the payments. Our members are also saying that government had also promised to mainstream and that promise is not new, it was a promise of 2017.

“They said if the government is promising again in 2019, let us see the evidence, which is clear enough,” he added.

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