Strike Goes On, Says ASUU



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Strike Goes On, Says ASUU
Posted on: September 27, 2013, 08:25:25 PM
University teachers said that
their strike will go on — 89
days after it began. This is in spite of the intervention by Vice President Namadi Sambo in bringing the lecturers back to the negotiation table. The teachers are seeking proper
funding of education and the payment
of their N87 billion earned allowances. These are part of the 2009 agreement
between the teachers and the
government. The government has
offered N30 billion for the earned
allowances and made available
N100billion for projects on the campuses. The lecturers rejected the
offer. The strike has been on since July
1. The latest position of the Academic
Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the
umbrella association of the teachers to
go on with the strike, was made
known yesterday by University of
Lagos (UNILAG) chapter Chairman Dr. Karo Ogbinika, in a statement. According to him, ASUU last month
pulled out of the negotiation with the
Federal Government, which was
represented by Benue State Governor
Gabriel Suswam, based on the
government’s insincerity and non- commitment. He said the Presidency intervened,
calling for another round of meetings
with Vice President Namadi Sambo last
week which, according to ASUU, also
ended in a stalemate. The union said it was disappointed
because it hoped the Presidency’s
intervention would dampen the
tension the strike had generated; but,
rather, the government was re-
echoing the same stance by Suswam, which was why ASUU withdrew from
the negotiation. ASUU said: “After the meeting on
September 19 with the Vice-President,
it is clear that the Federal Government
is merely paying lip service to
education in Nigeria and deceiving the
public on its commitment to its transformation agenda. “The Nigerian people should not be
deceived. How can there be a
meaningful transformation when the
education sector is neglected and
gradually taken over by private
entrepreneurs, including government functionaries who are busy bulding
private universities with stolen funds
in and outside Nigeria. Can these
universities be truly called private? “ASUU is assuring Nigerians that it will
not back out in its struggle to ensure
that the government is made to do
what is right in the education sector.
This is a commitment that all members
of the union have vowed to pursue to its logical conclusion.” The union said it had reported back to
its various zones many of which still
insisted the strike must continue.”


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