by Stanley Azuakola
The president gave directives only two days ago that the two FG committees discussing with ASUU ensure a speedy resolution of the issues which have made the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embark on a strike which has gone on for since July 2. But not even that directive was enough to resolve the issue.
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 that because of the FG’s perceived insincerity in the 2009 agreement as well as the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) both parties signed in January last year.
According to ASUU President, Dr. Nassir Faggae Isa, who addressed a press briefing at the University of Lagos on Thursday, before any further progress can be achieved, the 2009 agreement and the MoU must first be honoured. Further talks or even renegotiation of the terms 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 striker will not be suspended until and unless the government respects the 2009 agreement and makes concrete efforts to implement it in the best interest of the 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.