National President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this on Thursday February 7th during a press briefing at the Nigeria Labour Congress complex in Abuja. The striking lecturers took the decision after a meeting with representatives of the Federal Government led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
THE national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has conducted a referendum to decide whether to suspend the ongoing 3-month strike or not. The national leadership of the Union had directed its zonal coordinators to meet with their branch chairpersons to conduct the referendum on the offers of government. Vanguard gathered that over 200 members of the University of Ibadan chapter of the union who attended the congress voted for the continuation of the strike while a little above 50 voted for suspension with conditions.
Speaking during the Silverbird Man of the Year event, Atiku also said he would end the incessant strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from his first day as president. The Buhari administration allocated 7.04% of the N9.120 trillion 2018 budget to education. Federal universities have been shut down since November when ASUU embarked on strike following government’s failure to implement the agreement reached in November 2016.
The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have again failed to reach a compromise to end the ongoing strike by the university lecturers. Senator Chris Ngige , Minister of Labour and Employment while addressing newsmen after a closed -door meeting with the union on Friday in Abuja said the meeting was protracted. He said , “ The meeting was protracted, but the good news is that we have gotten to the end of the tunnel.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known to newsmen on Sunday in Ibadan ahead the union’s meeting with the Federal Government on Monday. Ogunyemi added that ASUU had said only concrete evidence of implementation by the government would make it’s members return to the classrooms. He said ASUU had rejected government’s proposal to pay N20 billion in two tranches on the revitalisation of universities and asked government to mainstream the earned academic allowances into the 2019 budget before National Assembly.
“The Academic Staff Union of Universities @ASUUNGR have asked @AsoRock to release N50 billion to demonstrate its commitment to the revitalisation of public universities, in line with previous agreements with the union,” ASUU tweeted. The union said the N50 billion will form the first share of the N220 billion federal government agreed for the project this year and add to the N20 billion earlier released for the year.
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, said in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday that the union would communicate its decision on offers made by the government on Tuesday. Ogunyemi said that contrary to some media reports, the media reports, the union did not reject the offer of federal government or make fresh demands. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, after meeting with the union on Jan. 4 said government was about resolving the dispute with the lecturers who embarked on strike on November 5, 2018.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it has not been briefed on the alleged payment of N15.89 billion to universities by the Federal Government, two months after it embarked on strike. The union’s National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed this in an interview on Wednesday in Lagos.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), ahead of its Friday’s meeting with (INEC), has said that its ongoing seven-week strike is in the national interest. Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who stated this in an interview in response to the call on the union to call off the strike, said nobody had the monopoly of national interest.