ASUU strike not ending soon as union remain insistent on Buhari signing agreement

  • President Muhammadu Buhari’s plea for ASUU has been seen as insufficient by the leadership of the union
  • The president of ASUU has urged President Buhari to reach out the re-negotiation of the 2009 FGN and ASUU agreement
  • ASUU is still standing its ground on the strike and does not intend to call off the strike

FCT, Abuja – The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has responded to President Muhammadu Buhari’s plea to call off the 5-month-old strike of all public Universities in the country.

As reported by the Guardian newspaper, ASUU has urged President Buhari to revisit the Prof. Nimi Briggs-led Committee on negotiation.

ASUU stikr, FG
ASUU has held several negotiation meetings with the federal government which usually end up in deadlock. Photo: ASUU
Source: UGC

The President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osekede stated this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday, July 12.

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According to Guardian, the Briggs committee was formulated to re-negotiate with ASUU after a previous failure of the federal government to fulfil the 2009 agreement.

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Legit.ng gathered that the renegotiation process was meant to last for three months with the outcome submitted to the minister of education.

However, President Buhari in a recent statement reported by Legit.ng called on ASUU to sympathise with students and parents and call off the strike.

Responding to the President’s plea, Prof Osedeke said:

” I do not understand why Mr President said that “enough is enough’’ when we are not the one delaying the students at home.

“The federal government had sent its team to negotiate with us and we have finished. Instead of coming back to us to tell us the outcome of the meeting, we are hearing this.

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“If you set up a committee to negotiate on your behalf, and the committee has finished and they have brought the information to you to sign and then you said enough is enough, what does this mean,’’ he asked.

SSANU, NASU makes special demand

The ASUU president however urged President Buhari to meet the negotiation teams and sign the report.

Similarly, other academic unions like the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities and other Allied Institutions (NASU) are also in a deep-rooted battle with the federal government.

The SSANU and NASU in their demands asked the federal government to adopt the University Peculiar Payroll Payment System (U3PS).

Buhari to give final resolution on ASUU strike, UTAS, says Ngige

Meanwhile, the minister for labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige revealed that decisions on will soon be made on the UTAS payment platform.

According to Ngige, President Muhammadu Buhari will issue a directive in light of the issue as well as an increment of salary for lecturers. Ngige made this known via a statement on Sunday,

June 26 stating that the inter-ministerial departments and agencies committees of the federal government would in turn in their reports on Wednesday, June 29 to help in the decision of the president.

Source: Legit.ng

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