The ASUU Strike continues as The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, announces new conditions for in other to call-off the strike.
According to the National chairman; the only condition to suspend the ongoing nationwide strike is for the Federal Government to pay N50 billion Revitalisation Fund.
Not less that the required amount should be paid out of one tranche of N220 billion.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi the ASUU national Chairman, said this while speaking to newsmen in Oyo state on Monday.
ASUU said that the federal government must also present concrete evidence of implementation of the promised N20 billion Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) and how the balance of N85 billion would be paid; with timelines.
He pointed out that the union and government since the strike started, “have had seven meetings.
We have been having promises. We have demanded that some of their promises, which we took back to our members, some items on their list, have been rejected.
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“And, there have been demands for the review. We want them to pay, immediately, N50 billion as a sign of commitment this quarter and, for the next three quarters, the government can pay N50 billion each quarter.
“So, our members have rejected the N20 billion they proposed that will be spread over two quarters in 2019. Our members have insisted on the release of at least N50 billion.
“In 2017, this government promised to mainstream the EAA into the budget so that we won’t be coming to talk about arrears.
If government had put that into the 2018 budget, we would not be talking about arrears now.
“Our members are saying government should take steps, mainstream it into the 2019 budget and that is note late because they (National Assembly) are still working on the budget.”
He added, “We have gone beyond these promises. In fact, the first meeting we had, we were told that before the end of the week, the matter would be resolved.
But, that was government speaking. After that first meeting, we have had some other six meetings, yet, we are still relating to promises.
“We don’t really take government’s promises seriously again because we have heard promises upon promises.
“So, that is what our members have been talking about. The National Executive Council of ASUU is our principal, and, each time we engage government.
We keep reminding them that our members said or our NEC said ‘don’t come back to us unless you have concrete evidence of implementation.’ So, on that, we stand.”
In conclusion, ASUU strike continues until the next NEC meeting.