The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday, called on all Nigerians to pressurise the Federal Government to honour their agreement to forestall fresh industrial action by the union.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, National President of the union, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, in Lagos.
“Government has not kept faith with our MOA signed on February 7. What government ought to have done, they do not want to do anymore. They have literally gone to sleep.
“For instance, they had promised before the suspension of the strike, to set up visitation panel to our universities within two weeks and three months after, government has not done anything in that regard. At least not to my knowledge, that they had put any panel nor inaugurated any panel.
“By February 28 this year, government had promised to pay the union, N25 billion part payment of outstanding arrears of the EARN academic allowances.
“During our renegotiation with Dr. Wale Babalakin, they promised to put us in a more cordial path with fair guidelines when we come back to the renegotiation table but now, there seems to be no change of attitude on the side of government,” Ogunyemi stated.
He also explained that the FG had told the union that the funds had been approved, but that there was a huge difference between approval of such funds and its implementation, saying three months after the approval, the funds were yet to get to the union.
“Our members have begun to express doubts about government’s promise to fulfil its pledge faithfully. And when this pressure begins to mount there is nothing the leadership can do because leadership must hearken to the voice of followers.
“So, Nigerians must come out now and speak to government concerning all these things raised to maintain the current precarious industrial stability on our campuses,” he added.
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