The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has vowed to continue the ongoing strike action until the Federal Government meets all its demands.
This was disclosed by the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Biodun Ogunyemi during the weekend while speaking at an interactive meeting with critical stakeholders at the University of Port Harcourt.
ASUU had in March declared an indefinite strike, citing the Nigerian Government’s failure to meet its demands.
Speaking at the meeting, Ogunyemi said the demands of ASUU were genuine and in the interest of the nation as it concerns implementation of 2012 universities needs assessment.
The ASUU President bemoaned that the Nigerian universities lecturers still receive the same salary scale of 2009 in 2020, noting that the sad reality must be addressed before ASUU would suspend the strike action.
Ogunyemi said, “So what we are asking of the government are not baseless things, but those things that in 2012, the government conducted during a NEEDS Assessment survey and found out that there is widespread rot and decay in the university system, we are asking that the government implement its own report of 2012.”
“Salary issues are still there; we have not fully addressed that. It appears that some forces in government are bent on making our members to suffer by withholding their salaries. But we believe that once we sort out the issues of the Universities’ Transparency and Accountability Solution, other issues will fall in place.
“The 2009 agreement we had with the government stipulates that that agreement will be reviewed every three years, but since then, we have not been able to review the salary scale.
“That is why we are saying that the negotiation we started with the government in 2017 ought to have been completed and with the completion of that negotiation process, a new salary scale should be in place.
“We are insisting that the process is completed before this ongoing strike is suspended among other things.”
Shortly after, ASUU solicited for support from Nigerian students.
ASUU made the call on their official Twitter handle noting that the demands they are making is for the good of the students.
ASUU’s tweet read, “Students who are our children and partners in progress should show understanding
“What we are asking from the government are in their interest and the interest of the nation, good hostel accommodation, good classroom blocks that can engender effective learning, laboratories where cutting edge research can be carried out and offices that can drive the process of quality university education.
“So what we are asking of the government are not baseless things, but those things that in 2012, the government conducted during a needs assessment survey and found out that there is widespread rot and decay in the university system.”
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