Despite a directive issued by President two days to the two FG committees in negotiation with ASUU in bid to find a speedy resolution on the ongoing strike, which started on July 2, it was not enough to keep ASUU at the negotiating table.
In fact, things have gone worse as ASUU announced on Thursday that it is disengaging from further negotiations with the Federal Government.
The body said that it was necessary to do sobecause of the FG’s perceived insincerity inthe 2009 agreement as wellas the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) both parties signed in January lastyear.
According to ASUU President, Dr. Nassir Faggae Isa, who addressed a press briefingat the University of Lagos on Thursday, before any further progress can be achieved, the 2009 agreement and the MoUmust first be honoured. Further talks or even renegotiation of theterms can only happen afterwards, he said.
Faggae said, “Consequently, our members are left with no other choice than to prosecute this strike to its logical conclusion. ASUU members nationwide are saying this strike will not be suspended until and unless the government respects the 2009 agreement and makes concrete efforts toimplement it in the best interest ofthe country.”
According to him, during a meeting held between ASUU and the government representative on Monday, government declared that it neither had any motive to revitalize public universities through committed funding, nor was it ready to pay in full the accumulated Earned Academic Allowances between 2009 and 2013.
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