We will not call off the ongoing strike until the Federal Government of Nigeria, releases at least a tranche of 220 Billion Naira. The strike continues till that happens.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has rejected the offers made by the Federal Government.
The ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, has said that upon a general review of the offers made by the Federal Government, its members had agreed to reject it.
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi said ““Our members have rejected tokenism with respect to outstanding revitalization fund of N1.1 trillion. They are insisting that government should release at least one tranche of N220 billion spread over four quarters of 2019.”
He further said “On earned academic allowances, our members said government’s proposed amount out of the verified balance should not be less than the total amount released last time, while evidence of mainstreaming the allowances into the 2019 budget should be shown. Also, timeline should be attached to payment of the balance of the arrears.”
“The revitalization fund and earned academic allowances are the two critical areas on which our members feel strongly about. They expect necessary adjustments on the part of government before they can reconsider their decision on the ongoing strike action.”
This recent development seems to have dashed the hopes of many students, who had all assumed that academic activities were going to be resumed soonest.