ASUU: We Will Call Off Strike If FG Meets Our Demands
ASUU has said that the body is ready to call off its many months strike action if the federal government meets their demand.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it is ready to call off its indefinite strike action if the federal government meets its demand.
ASUU tweeted about this on Wednesday.
Recall that ASUU had declared a strike action , on March 23, on the grounds that the federal government failed to meet agreements reached with the union.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said that the union was willing to talk to the government but added that the conditions it listed must be met for it call off the strike.
Ogunyemi stressed that the demands raised were geared towards repositioning tertiary education to meet global standards.
“The government should open a space for discussion, as we are ready to discuss and make concrete agreements on those issues we have raised,” he stated.
Ogunyemi listed the demands as follows: earned academic allowances, revitalisation, presidential visitation panel to federal universities, discuss the proliferation of universities by state governors and government issues in state universities.
He added that the establishment of universities has now become a constituency projects.
He maintained that it was only when those demands are granted that the strike would be called off.
“The final issue I will raise is about renegotiation which we have been on for more than three years, and a stop must be put to it.
“When you put all these five issues together, you will see that we had a genuine reason to go on strike, and if the government won’t put an end to it with prejudice to what we are doing to support the health sector, we will continue to do that,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, had urged the union to call off the strike saying the government was doing its best, adding that federal government had paid withheld salaries of the members of the union.
Against the background of the demand by the federal government for ASUU to call off its strike before resumption of the next phase of negotiations, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the union is ready for negotiations, but that the suspension of the strike……… pic.twitter.com/C8OUKB5tr9
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