ASUU Strike Continues as Lecturers Reject Government’s Offer

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has made fresh demands from the Federal Government, perpetuating the strike that has been going on for months.

This comes bare days after Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, said the labour dispute with the university lecturers was on the verge of being resolved after government released N15.4billion to public universities.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari approved N20billion to offset arrears of the 2009 to 2012 verified earnings by university teachers.

But speaking with Premium Times on Saturday, ASUU president Biodun Ogunyemi, said upon reviewing the offers made by the government, members of the union across various campuses and zones rejected it.

“Our members have rejected tokenism with respect to outstanding revitalization fund of N1.1 trillion. They are insisting that government should release at least one tranche of N220 billion spread over four quarters of 2019.

“On earned academic allowances, our members said government’s proposed amount out of the verified balance should not be less than the total amount released last time, while evidence of mainstreaming the allowances into the 2019 budget should be shown. Also, timeline should be attached to payment of the balance of the arrears.

“The revitalization fund and earned academic allowances are the two critical areas on which our members feel strongly about. They expect necessary adjustments on the part of government before they can reconsider their decision on the ongoing strike action,” Ogunyemi said.

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