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ASUU Yet To Decide On Strike, Still Consulting – Ogunyemi

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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
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The strike called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is yet to be suspended as leadership of the union are still consulting with their members on the next line of action to take, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, has told INDEPENDENT through a phone call on Thursday.

Following the offer made by the Federal Government to the striking lecturers earlier this week, they were to report back to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on Thursday to brief him on their resolve to either continue the strike or suspend it.

The strike which is threatening to mar the 2019 general elections had compelled the Federal Government to release about N15.4 billion for settlement of salary shortfalls, which was one of the major demands of the union.

Beyond this, the presidency had also approved the sum of N20billion to offset outstanding arrears of the 2009 and 2012, Earned Allowances for those who have gone through verification process in the university system.

Ngige had told the media, “On the issue of salaries in tertiary institutions, especially in universities, the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant- General provided evidence that as at December 31, 2018 the Federal Government had remitted N15.4 billon.

“Also on the issue of Earned Allowances in the universities system, they also showed us evidence that Mr President has approved the N20 billion to be used to offset the outstanding arrears of the 2009 and 2012, audit verified earnings, in the university system”.

Although the release of the funds are still going through due processes, Ngige had assured the executives of ASUU that the funds will be released as soon as the bureaucracies are cleared.
However when our correspondent visited the Federal Ministry of Labour on Thursday, the ministry was deserted and the minister had closed for the day.

ASUU President, later told our reporter that they were stilling consulting and that the strike was still on.

“It is the minister that said we should go and consult and get back to the Federal Government on Thursday (today).

“So, we are still consulting and will not be getting back to the Federal Government today, ”he added.
Among some of the demands that necessitated ASUU strike since November 4th were the implementation of the Memorandum of Action agreed to in 2017, including shortfall in salaries of some workers in university staff schools as well as the NEEDS Assessment exercise carried out in 2009.


Source: https://www.independent.ng/asuu-yet-to-decide-on-strike-still-consulting-ogunyemi/

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