Fg Accuses ASUU Of ProlongedStrike - Said ASUU Is Lying

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Fg Accuses ASUU Of ProlongedStrike - Said ASUU Is Lying
Posted on: September 29, 2013, 12:28:18 PM
The Federal Government has accused the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) of being economical with the truth on lecturers prolonged industrial action in the universities. The Senior Special Assistant to the
President on Youth and Students
Matters, Com. Jude Imagwe, stated that
the claim by the union that its action
was to restore infrastructural decay in
universities was nothing but a lie, noting that ASUU was fighting for
allowances. Imagwe was speaking in Abuja when
he received some youth groups, who
were on a visit to his office. His words: “They initially told us that it
was about infrastructure, but it is
about allowances. N30b has been
released for the payment of their
accumulated allowances, and N100b
earmarked for infrastructural development. It is important for the
public to know that government did
not say this is all that it will give, but
government says go and start the
payment with this amount and let us
know the amount it will add”. Meanwhile, Senior Staff Association of
Nigerian Universities, SSANU, will
tomorrow join ASUU on strike as the
union said it has mobilized its
members across the country to
embark on industrial action over alleged stoppage of their salaries for
two months. SSANU, in a letter, dated 27 September,
2013, and addressed to its branch
chairmen in all the universities in the
country, directed its members to stay
away from work from tomorrow until
the salaries are fully paid. The President of SSANU, Comrade
Samson Ugwoke, said the strike will be
total, while the General Secretary, who
signed the letter directing members to
stay at home from tomorrow, Comrade
Promise Adewusi, said no member should go back to work until a
counter directive was given. Adewusi stated that the union took
the decision following its letters to the
vice-chancellors in universities, the
Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim,
Ministers of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu and Education,
Nyesom Wike, as well as the Executive
Secretary, National Universities
Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie. In the meantime, the suspended strike
by the Academic Staff Union of
Polytechnics (ASUP) is to resume on
Friday. The union alleged insincerity and
failure of the Federal Government to
honour agreement entered with the
union. The union also passed a vote of no
confidence on the National Board for
Technical Education (NBTE), alleging
that the board has failed to meet the
needs and demands of polytechnic
education in the country.




 

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