ASUU Gives An Update On Indefinite Strike, Plans To meet FG On Thursday

 The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), said they are ready to commence negotiations with the Federal Government to resolve the indefinite strike.
 The President of ASUU - Professor Biodun Ogunyemi disclosed this to newsmen in the nation's capital Abuja on Wednesday.

 Prof. Ogunyemi also said that meeting with the Federal Government delegation has been scheduled for Thursday, one o’clock at the instance of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.
  He said accordingly that, the N200 billion released by the Federal Government in September 2018 was not an issue but that N200 billion ought to have been released in October 2017 as part of the 2013 agreement.
 “It would be recalled that the Federal Government had agreed to inject N1.3 trillion to fund universities at N 220 billion yearly for five years.
 “If government fails to fund public universities the situation on campuses may degenerate, worse than the already poor quality teaching and learning environment,’’ he said.

 The ASUU president, however, insisted that the ‘No work no pay’ threats by the government would not affect the lecturers as the industrial action was legal in Nigerian labour law and international conventions, which Nigeria is signatory.
  He added that ASUU was hoping that the meeting scheduled for Thursday will be used to resolve the issues at stake and not to continue to raise alarm that past administrations made bogus agreements with the university lecturers.
  The striking lecturers had resumed its strike on November 5 to press home its demands.
 Some of the demands included: that the Federal Government should nominate another chairman of the government renegotiating team of the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government Agreement.
 Other demands were:
 - Non-payment of Earned allowance,   -   - Funding of revitalization of the    Nigerian universities,
 - Implementation of needs assessment report, poor funding of state universities, among others.