- Nigerian academics have further renewed their anger against the federal government.
- The academics under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said the strike embarked upon since March 2020 has no end yet.
- The Ibadan zonal chair of ASUU, Professor Ade Adejumo declared that the union would continue to keep away from duty
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that it is not ready to suspend the ongoing strike until the government pays outstanding three-to-seven months withheld salaries, approves University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) among other demands.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Ibadan, Ridwan Kolawole, reports that the ASUU in a statement issued by the coordinator of the Ibadan chapter of the union, Prof Ade Adejumo, lambasted the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige for lying that the government was not owing lecturers any salary while featuring on Channels TV.
He said that the federal government agencies have been footdragging on early resolution of the ongoing strike anchored on implementation of outstanding components of 2009 FG-ASUU agreement, revitalisation funding of universities, unpaid earned academic allowances and renegotiation of the agreement for upward review of salaries of lecturers to conform with contemporary reality.
ASUU stated that the postcolonial Nigerian governments' attack on the education sector contributes to the underdevelopment of the nation adding that this is why the government has become a shadow of itself.
The ASUU said:
"It should be noted that ASUU went on strike as a result of the combination of three inter-related factors: Nigerian governments’ increasing anti-labour policies and the history of sabotage in the education sector and the government’s refusal to honour the agreement reached with the union for the revitalisation of public sector universities."
"ASUU is particularly disappointed because we assumed that the government’s public outlook was based on the anti-corruption constantly orchestrated by this government."
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The ASUU boss also lashed out at the Buhari-led government for being insensitive to education and for the inhuman treatment of lecturers and the knowledge industry.
"Attention of the Ibadan zone, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been drawn to the interview held on September 29, with Channels Television station anchored by Seun Okinbaloye on Politics Today with Dr Chris Ngige, the honourable minister of labour and employment.
"And we wish to state as follows: We are pained and disturbed that the honourable minister of labour and employment does not seem to be aware that the salaries of the nations academic staff in the public universities have not been paid for upward of three to seven months.
"For the benefit of Nigerians, ASUU wishes to state that in sharp contrast to president Buhari’s directive on University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) the respective government agencies involved are deliberately delaying its endorsement for implementation.
The union stated that the ongoing strike would not be called off until government proactively respond to the demands of the Union and make the knowledge industry a priority.
Professor Adejumo charged the government and the ministries involved to do the needful by meeting with ASUU in order for academic activities to resume.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported Ngige said that the strike action embarked upon by the ASUU may soon be suspended.
It was reported that he said the ministries of finance, education, labour and employment and the office of the accountant general of the federation would meet with ASUU to resolve issues affecting the education sector.
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