The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has gaven an insight into its expectations from the federal government at Monday’s meeting before it would consider calling off the protracted national strike. Among others, the union said that the government must show concrete evidence of the payment of at least N50 billion revitalization fund to its negotiating team.
The government must also show proof of the payment of the promised N20 billion earned academic allowances and how the balance of N85 billion would be paid with timelines, the union said.
ASUU president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this yesterday in Ibadan during an interaction with newsmen.
He said that the union had lost confidence in government’s promises because they were never fulfilled after agreements were reached.
Ogunyemi added that the members of the union must see concrete evidence of implementation of their agreement by the government to make them return to the classrooms.
According to him, while ASUU had rejected government’s proposal of N20 billion (which is to be paid in two trenches) for the revitalization of universities, the union wants the government to mainstream the earned academic allowances into the 2019 budget which is still being worked on by the National Assembly.
He lamented that Nigeria’s ruling class did not see education as a priority but prefer to create new education colonies of private educational institutions which cannot meet the needs of the country.