Strike: FG Using Propaganda ToIntimidate Us –ASUU

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Strike: FG Using Propaganda ToIntimidate Us –ASUU
Posted on: October 21, 2013, 06:14:20 PM
Striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have accused the Federal Government of using orchestrated propaganda to compel their union to end the current industrial action. The leadership of the union made the
allegation on Sunday in Abuja, where
it also reiterated that its indefinite
strike started on July 2, still stands,
irrespective of the move by
government to discredit their union. ASUU distanced itself from a purported
meeting at the State House, Abuja, with
Vice President Namadi Sambo, where it
was claimed that government further
shifted grounds on the demands of
the union. Last week, an online news medium
had reported that there was an
appreciable progress in the ongoing
negotiations between ASUU and the
Vice President, particularly on the
controversial earned allowances for the striking lecturers.
In the report, government was alleged
to have further shifted ground on the
demands made by the union, by
agreeing to add N10 billion to the N30
billion initially provided for the settlement of earned allowances,
making it N40 billion.
It was also reported that government
had shored up the N100 billion meant
for infrastructure to N150 billion with
a pledge to periodically inject more funds into the system in line with the
Needs Implementation Committee
chaired by Benue State Governor,
Gabriel Suswan.
Chairman of ASUU, University of Abuja
chapter, Clement Chup, however, told our reporter that there was such
meeting.
“In fact, I read the mischievous report
online myself, but I am telling you
authoritatively that there was no such
meeting. “Government is only trying to use
propaganda and cheap blackmail to
make us call off this strike, but it will
not work.
“Our strike is still very much on course,
in fact ASUU will soon release a position paper on these
developments, we are used to this
kind of blackmail from government,”
Chup said.
Only recently, government began the
implementation of no work, no pay policy against the striking lecturers.
ASUU’s counterpart in the technical
education sector, Academic Staff Union
of Polytechnics (ASUP), also resumed
their earlier suspended strike last
week. Meanwhile, Chairman of the Ambrose
Alli University chapter of ASUU, Fred
Esumeh, has said the union still enjoys
public sympathy.
He attributed the strike to failed
leadership on the part of government, saying over 53 letters urging
government to implement the 2009
agreement were transmitted prior to
the strike.
“As I keep saying, this strike is a
product of failed leadership on the part of government; this is because we
had series of dialogue to reach an
agreement.
“An agreement reached since 2009
that has not been implemented up till
now, obviously it is a product of failed leadership, before this time that we
commenced strike, there have been
over 53 letters, not to talk of several
meetings with House and Senate
committees on education to intervene.
“I do not think ASUU is loosing public sympathy, because what we see in our
electronic media and perhaps few
print media is sponsored protest.
“Like the one organised by the market
women, that one is laughable, you
could see that it is government sponsored.
“Then of course the guy that parades
himself as NANS President, Yinka
Gbadebo, a diploma student in OAU,
who was rusticated from Ekiti State
University. “A diploma student cannot even
contest to be an SUG president and to
be a NANS president, you must be
from SUG presidents all over the
federation, so we know these people
are sponsored by government,” Esumeh said.
Also from Ado-Ekiti came report that
ASUU is insisting that the no-work-no-
pay rule by the Federal Government
against its members would not deter it
from fighting the ongoing battle to a logical conclusion.
The union said no amount of pressure
will dissuade it from ensuring that
government implements the
agreements.
This was contained in a statement in Ado Ekiti on Sunday by ASUU, Ilorin
Zone, and signed by its Coordinator,
Ayan Adeleke.
It said owners of private universities,
who have allegedly been advising the
President to whip ASUU into line through no-work-no-pay rule, are
doing it for selfish motives.


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