- The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Biodun Ogunyemi, has decried the failure of the federal government to meet its conditions
- Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, May 23, Ogunyemi said that reaching an agreement with the federal government has often been a frustrating journey for the union
- He said that Nigerians should not hold the union responsible if things are disrupted in the system of tertiary institutions
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has cried out over the federal government's failure to meet its demands, adding that Nigerians should not blame the body if any disruption happens to the flow of things in tertiary institutions in the country.
The national president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, in his speech to newsmen in Abuja accused the federal government of displaying “lackadaisical attitude” towards the implementation of the 2019 memorandum of action (MoA), The Cable reports.
The ASUU boss said: “Since information on the amounts mentioned in the media went round, the ASUU has been inundated with enquiries on the union’s perspective to the story. Funding for the revitalisation of public universities has for years been of very high priority to ASUU.
“Reaching an agreement with the federal government has often been a frustrating journey for our union. It is often marked with protests, strikes and requires a conscious and focused engagement. The 2001 agreement, which gave birth to the 2009 agreement, was not an exemption. The exception here is the personality leading the government negotiation team.
“The current leadership of the government team clearly lacks the academic disposition and humility needed to undertake such task.
“Our members enjoy their work and hate to see any disruption in the smooth running of our universities. However, the level of frustration occasioned by the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards meeting the terms of the 2019 Memorandum of Action that was freely signed with our union is increasingly becoming unbearable.
“We, therefore, call on all Nigerian patriots, parents and students including the Nigeria Labour Congress to prevail on the government to keep to the terms of our agreement. Otherwise, our union should not be held responsible for any disruption in the system.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ASUU in Taraba State University chapter, on Wednesday, April 3, resumed indefinite strike to press home its demands.
The union had embarked on a strike in 2018 but suspended it when the Taraba government promised to meet its demands which included the payment of earned academic allowances from 2014 till date, and the provision of required infrastructure to enhance teaching and learning.
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