The federal government has been asked by ASUU to release N50 billion to demonstrate its commitment to the revitalisation of public universities in Nigeria – The N50 billion will be added to the N20 billion earlier released by the federal government for the year – ASUU’s conclusions followed series of consultations by various zones of the union in the country
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday, January 17, asked the federal government to release N50 billion out of N220 billion it had agreed to make available for the revitalisation of public universities.
The union in a series of tweet on its official Twitter handle said the payment for the institutions would fall in line with previous agreements made between the FG and the union. It also said that the N50 billion will be added to the N20 billion earlier released by the federal government for the year.
According to the union’s national president, Biodun Ogunyemi, if the presidency can mainstream ASUU’s demand especially on earned allowances in the 2019 budget there will be no need to come back for a negotiation in 2020 thus allowing institutions to run without fear of strike actions.
Ogunyemi said: “Government promised to mainstream academic allowance in 2017, starting from the 2018 budget but it was not done. If the government is promising it again, what steps have they taken, can we have evidence? Once beaten, twice shy.”
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The union also said it has further submitted its suggestions and awaits a meeting with the federal government next week.
Also reacting to shortfall of universities’ staff salaries, ASUU’s president said the FG had promised to release the funds by Friday, January 18, and the union is waiting to confirm the expected release.
Ogunyemi in an interview said the union would communicate its decision on offers made by the government on Tuesday. He also said that contrary to media reports, the union did not reject the offer of federal government or make fresh demands. |Neareel TV