ASUU rejects Govt offer, vows to continue strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have resolved to continue their nine-week-old strike until their demands are met by the Federal government.

The position of the Union was revealed by its National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.

He confirmed that the Federal Government had, last Tuesday, through the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Ministry of Finance presented to the union the evidence of the payment of N15.4 billion to universities.

Ogunyemi on telephone told Vanguard that after due consultations with its executives across the country, they have resolved to continue the ongoing strike until the Federal Governments pays at least N220 billion out of N1.1 trillion it owed the public universities.

According to him, the union leadership during their last meeting warned government representatives that ASUU members were not likely to accept those figures, adding that they insisted we should go and inform them first.

He said: “We agreed to go back to our members in order to show to them that we are a difficult union.

“We will communicate our position to the Federal Government this week, if our demands are met, we will call off the strike.

“We have shifted ground from N1.1 trillion to N220 billion that   will cover for three quarters in 2019.”

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