The Academic Staff Union of Universities has declared its resolve to sustain its ongoing strike action until the Federal Government addresses all its pending demands.
This announcement was made public by the President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, during an interactive session with critical stakeholders at the University of Port Harcourt on Saturday. The meeting was convened to address the struggles of the union.
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According to Ogunyemi, ASUU’s demand was that the Federal Government should implement the 2012 universities’ needs assessment it conducted. He also added that the union’s demands were genuine and in the interest of the nation.
Ogunyemi stressed that it was saddening that Nigerian university lecturers are still on the same salary scale of 2009, and stated emphatically that if this is not addressed, ASUU would not suspend its ongoing strike.
He said, “Salary issues are still there; we have not fully addressed that. It appears that some forces in government are bent on making our members to suffer by withholding their salaries. But we believe that once we sort out the issues of the Universities’ Transparency and Accountability Solution, other issues will fall in place.
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“The 2009 agreement we had with the government stipulates that that agreement will be reviewed every three years, but since then, we have not been able to review the salary scale.
“That is why we are saying that the negotiation we started with the government in 2017 ought to have been completed and with the completion of that negotiation process, a new salary scale should be in place.
“We are insisting that the process is completed before this ongoing strike is suspended, among other things.”