Strike: FG Yet To Meet Most Of The Demands, Says ASUU

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The Federal Government is yet to address most of the issues that led to eight months university lecturers strike, NewsSpecng learnt.

ASUU had late last year called off an eight-month strike due to court order.

The lectures had failed to reach an agreement after a series of negotiations with the Federal Government.

Part of the lecturers’ demands is the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
The court order however forced the lecturers to resume.

But months after the development, the union said the government is yet to address most of its demands including the payment of salary backlogs.

“As far as this present government is concerned, once the strike is over, the issue is resolved, unknown to them that a strike is a symptom of a problem. They have abandoned the problem. Since we called off the strike based on a court directive, not a single meeting has been called. Not a kobo has been paid,” he told Channels Television on Thursday.

“It is so unfortunate that they don’t have any regard for the Nigerian education system,” Osodeke added.

Speaking on the  Intervention Fund, ASUU National president hailed the recently approved N320.3 billion 2023 intervention for public tertiary institutions.
He also called for redistribution of the fund to ensure 90% goes to the tertiary institutions.

“It (N320bn fund) is a good development, this is part of what we struggled for in 1994, it is our struggle, but there are issues we need to sort out,” Osodeke said.

“When you check the allocation of about N1.2 billion to universities and others, you find out that the total for all the universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education come to just about N186 billion allocated out of about N320, leaving a balance of N132 billion that has not been accounted for. What are we using that N132 billion which is 41% of the total amount of money? Is it for bureaucracy or for what?

“This is what has been happening in TETFund and I think there is a need to examine what exactly is happening at TETFund. The idea of this TETFund when it was negotiated by ASUU was that this money will come and be distributed to the universities, not keeping 41% for whatever purpose.

“I think we need a redistribution of this fund to ensure that it accounts for 90% of what has been approved to go to universities, polytechnic and not kept as bureaucracy or whatever. You need to tell the public what TETFund is doing with the balance of N132 billion,” the ASUU chairman said.

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