The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it would not embark on strike yet despite the inability of the Federal Government to address all outstanding issues raised in the 2009 agreement.
This was made known during ASUU’s National Executive Council meeting held in Abuja to review the implementation of the Memorandum of Action of December 23, 2020.
ASUU stated further that it would not go on strike despite the subsequent Memorandum of Understanding and Memorandum of Action between it and the Federal Government in December 2020.
VANTAGE NEWS reports that the National President, ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, had in a statement made available to VANTAGE NEWS on Monday titled, ‘Enough of the blackmail’, said the NEC resolved to review the situation later.
The statement read partly, “NEC concluded that the government has failed to satisfactorily address all the issues raised in the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement and subsequent MoU and MoA. However, considering the ongoing intervention and consultation efforts, NEC resolved to review the situation at a later date with a view to deciding on the next line of action.
“NEC was worried by the spirited efforts of government agents to reduce the demands of ASUU to a regime of intermittent payment of watered-down revitalisation fund and release of distorted and grossly devalued earned academic allowances.
“NEC condemns in strong terms the surreptitious moves to pooh-pooh our demands on the review of the NUC’s Act to curb the proliferation of universities by state governments, which are not funding the existing ones; adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solutions with concurrent discontinuance of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and distortion in salary payment; release of accumulated promotion arrears; and the review and signing of the draft document on the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement.
“ASUU shall not relent in demanding improvement in the welfare and conditions of service of our members.”
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