Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has just confirmed what the Federal Government has to do now for the ongoing ASUU strike to be called off next week.
Biodun disclosed that after due consultations with its executives across the country, they have resolved to continue the ongoing strike until the Federal Governments pays at least N220 billion out of N1.1 trillion it owed the public universities.
He says thus:
“We agreed to go back to our members in order to show to them that we are a difficult union.
“We will communicate our position to the Federal Government this week, if our demands are met, we will call off the strike.
“We have shifted ground from N1.1 trillion to N220 billion that will cover for three quarters in 2019.”
“We have already shifted ground. We presented five tranches payment to the federal government. If we made a request for five tranches of N1.1 trillion and they are not ready to give one, that shows they are the ones not ready to shift grounds.
“For the earned allowances of the teachers, we have shifted grounds. What we were asking for was the payment for the balance, based on the forensic audit reports of government. Now they are proposing to pay in four installments.
“What they agreed to pay initially was a token and our members are saying they have gone beyond a tokenism. These are the issues that are critical to the situation.”