ASUU: Powerful Northern Governor Discloses What FG Can’t Do Hours After Strike’s Suspension

ASUU: Powerful Northern Governor Discloses What FG Can’t Do Hours After Strike’s Suspension

  • Governor Mohammed Inuwa of Gombe state has revealed that the federal government cannot fund the universities alone
  • Inuwa's comment came hours after ASUU announced the suspension of its 8-month industrial action embarked upon due to poor funding of universities and other issues
  • The governor, on Friday morning, called on parents to assist the government in supporting the universities' funding

FCT, Abuja - Mohammed Inuwa, the governor of Gombe state, has disclosed that the federal government cannot fund universities alone.

The governor suggested that other stakeholders, like parents, should support the universities, Channels Television reported.

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Gombe governor says FG cannot alone finance Nigerian universities Photo Credit: @ASUU_Nigeria
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Inuwa made the comment on Friday, October 15, hours after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), suspended its eight-month industrial action.

When did ASUU go on strike?

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On February 14, the university lecturers embarked on a strike after the failure of the government to fulfil its promise to the union on better funding of universities and other issues.

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Within 8 months, the government and the union held a series of meetings, negotiations and interventions from stakeholders in which there was no lasting solution.

Why ASUU suspends its strike

However, hope beacons when the leadership of the house of representatives intervened and convinced the union that President Muhammadu Buhari provided proper funding for the universities in the 2023 budget, among other things.

Before the house intervention, the federal government dragged the union to the national industrial court, which ordered the union to resume classrooms immediately.

The union had appealed the judgement, but the appellate court said it would not entertain ASUU’s appeal until it complies with the decision of the national industrial court first.

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ASUU vs FG: 4 convictions Gbajabiamila presents to union and when students may return to schools earlier reported that there are indications that ASUU might call off its 8-month-old industrial action this week, and students will start resuming next week.

This is due to the conviction that the union gets, in its latest meeting with the leadership of the house of representatives, that President Muhammadu Buhari has budgeted N300bn for the university revitalisation, N170bn for lecturer's salary increment, among others.

Following the hint that the union will call off its strike in days and not weeks, ASUU will hold an NEC meeting on Thursday to decide on the suspension of the strike.


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