- There is currently no probability that students of Nigeria's tertiary institutions would resume anytime soon
- Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says there is no green light in the discussions between it and the federal government
- ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, says none of the demands has been met by the government
Chances that students in Nigerian universities would resume academic activities soon may remain slim as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has given an update concerning its talk with the federal government.
ASUU said it has not reached any agreement that can be described as concrete enough to make its lecturers resume from the seven-month strike.
The union also rejected alleged claims by Dr Chris Ngige, labour minister, that seven out of the nine demands raised by ASUU had been met.
Vanguard quotes the national president of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the claim by Ngige was false.
“As far as we are concerned, nothing has been delivered to our members and our members don’t want empty promises. Let us take the issues one after the other.
“The withheld salaries of our members which is between four to eight months have not been paid, if paid, accounts of our members would have been credited. Same for Earned Academic Allowances, yet to be paid."
The ASUU president lamented that visitation panels were yet to be constituted for the universities and that issues relating to the proliferation of tertiary institutions by state governors had not been resolved.
“So, on which of these issues has the target beneficiaries seen any concrete action being taken? We are getting to understand the way people in government work.
“When they are still discussing with you, they will go to town and tell people what has not been done. Their intention is to paint ASUU as the aggressor."
He said none of the issues was on the table of ASUU
He added that the union does not feel threatened over a reported warning by the government that it could invoke labour laws if a resolution is not reached between the two parties.
“We are ready for discussions if they invite us. The onus of universities reopening soon lies with the government. We go to meetings we are invited to.
“They promised that we would meet some days ago and they said they would write to inform us, we waited in vain for their invite. Nothing came.”
Legit.ng had reported that Nigerian students recently called for a compromise between the federal government and the lecturers' union.
The students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in the Southwest and Kwara state demanded an immediate resolution to the lingering strike.
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