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Strike: ASUU Rejects FG’s Offer

 Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Delegates. Photo: Pulse

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected the Federal Government money offer to end the ongoing strike saying it is far from the union’s demands.

ASUU, according to reports, is demanding the sum of N220 billion out of N1.1 trillion the FG owes public universities across the country.

Speaking in an interview, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, said lecturers have resolved to continue the nine-week old strike until the government pays at least N220 billion.

Recall that on Monday, January 7, 2019, the FG and ASUU had a meeting in Abuja to resolve their differences and call off the strike.

However, having concluded the consultation, the union members unanimously agreed that the government has to pay substantial amount of the money it’s owing them before the lingering strike can be suspended.

“We agreed to go back to our members in order to show to them that we are not a difficult union. We will communicate our position to the FG this week, if our demands are met, we will call off the strike.

“We have shifted ground from N1.1 trillion to N220 billion that will cover for three quarters in 2019,” Ogunyemi stated.

He further said that the union will suspend the strike this week if the Federal Government paid the N220 billion.

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