- ASUU has blamed the federal government for the continued closure of public universities across the country
- The Lagos chapter of the union criticised the disposition of the government’s negotiation team
- The coordinator of the Lagos chapter, Olusiji Sowande, justified ASUU’s demand of N110 billion for the revitalisation of the public universities
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has raised serious doubts about the readiness of the federal government to end the ongoing strike by lecturers in public universities this year.
The Lagos zonal coordinator of ASUU, Olusiji Sowande faulted the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige for disclosing that pertinent data required to engage the union were now being collected.
Sowande said the fact that the data were just being collected after several meetings with the union showed that the government's team has been wasting time, Leadership reported.
The senior lecturer dismissed the claim by the government that it cannot afford to pay the N110 billion for the revitalisation of the public universities.
He argued that the government has spent billions bailing out private businesses and can also do the same for public universities.
The senior lecturer pointed out that the current ASUU strike goes beyond the contention of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
He said the failure of the government to release funds for the revitalisation of dilapidated infrastructure in public universities among other issues, prompted the strike.
Meanwhile, ASUU has faulted Senator Chris Ngige's claim that the union body cannot claim to be autonomous when the government pays lecturers.
According to The Nation, ASUU on Thursday, November 12, said the university's autonomy is backed by law.
Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the president of ASUU in an interview noted that the minister cannot unilaterally alter the law.
In another news, Nigerian students have called for a compromise between the federal government and ASUU to enable the resumption of public universities.
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, Channels TV reports.
The students made the demand on Friday, November 13, at a press conference held at the University of Ibadan.
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