We will continue with strike until FG shows seriousness about our demands- Lecturers vow

It seems the ongoing industrial action by members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is not coming to an end soon as the union has reiterated its resolve to wrestle every issue out with the Federal Government before going back to the class.

The Chairman of the Union at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Joel Okewale, said the apex government of the land should be held responsible for the lingering strike.

Okewale accused the Federal Government of being “insincere and deceitful” in its dealings with the Union.

According to Daily Post, Okewale made this assertion on Friday while addressing journalists the ASUU Secretariat, OOU Mini Campus, Ago Iwoye.

The Union head lamented that instead of the government should be holistic in its bid to resolving the issues tabled before them, they decided to be dishing out wrong information to members of the public.

The don observed that “government has not shown serious commitment to the defraying of the outstanding N1.1trillion revitalisation fund and the shortfalls in salaries to affected ASUU members.”

He lamented that such “situation would make the suspension of the ongoing strike difficult.”

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Okewale explained further that “the revitalisation fund as contained in the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoA) between the FG and ASUU, were meant to ensure rapid transformation of Nigeria’s public universities for improved efficiency, infrastructural development and global competitiveness.”

He added that the union had “agreed with the FG to release the outstanding revitalisation fund in tranches at N220b annually.”

He said the much-publicised N25b released by the Federal Government to public universities in the country was far below expectations, based on the agreement of both parties.

Commenting on the shortfall in salaries of their members, Okewale made it known that “N20b released by the FG for the purpose was not meant for university lecturers alone, but for staff of MDAs, polytechnics, colleges of education and others.”

In his words, “the Union would continue with the strike action until the FG shows serious commitment to the payment of revitalisation fund, renegotiation of 2009 agreement and addressing of other matters such as release of NUPEMCO’s operation license by PenCom, full payment of arrears of shortfalls in salaries of university academies, release of the report of forensic audit on Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), payment of outstanding arrears and mainstreaming of the allowances into 2018 budget, among other demands.”

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