ASUU: FG Yet To Meet Our Demands

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said the government is yet to ‘satisfactorily’ meet its demands.

This was contained in a statement by its president and a professor of soil science, Emmanuel Osodeke on Friday.

The union’s National Executive Council (NEC) met on Thursday night, and announced the suspension of the strike that began on 14 February.

In the statement, ASUU said the suspension of the strike was in obedience of the ruling of the court of Appeal and respect for President Muhammadu Buhari’s appeal that the strike be suspended.

“As a law-abiding Union and in deference to appeals by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, and in recognition of the efforts of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, and other well meaning Nigerians, ASUU NEC resolved to suspend the strike action embarked upon on 14th February 2022,” the professor said.

“Consequently, all members of ASUU are hereby directed to resume all services hitherto withdrawn with effect from 12:01 on Friday, 14th October, 2022.”

The academic union, however, noted that the government is yet to “satisfactorily” resolve the issues that led to the dispute.

The issues, according to ASUU, include the release of revitalisation funds of public universities, earned academic allowances for its members, a halt to the proliferation of public universities, the release of White Papers from the reports of the presidential visitation panels to the universities and the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a payment platform for university staff.

The union said: “While appreciating the commendable efforts of the leadership of the House of Representatives and other patriotic Nigerians who waded into the matter, NEC noted with regret that the issues in dispute are yet to be satisfactorily addressed.” (text from Premium Times)

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