The Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday dashed the hope of thousands and thousands of Nigerians stating that it had no plans to droop the eight-week-old strike insisting the Federal authorities had not proven any dedication to addressing its calls for.
Addressing newsmen at ASUU, College of Lagos secretariat, the Nationwide President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed that for the reason that begin of the strike on November 4, the union met six occasions with authorities brokers and there was no clear dedication from authorities to resolve the problems in competition.
Flanked by the ASUU Lagos zone Coordinator, Prof Olusiji Sowande, and different department chairmen, Prof Ogunyemi requested the Federal authorities change the Chairman of the Renegotiation Committee on the FG/ASUU 2009 settlement, Dr. Wale Babalakin, primarily based on its expertise throughout over one yr of negotiation.
Ogunyemi disclosed that authorities appeared to have adopted the “keep-them-talking” technique whereas deceiving the general public that progress was being made thus a partial settlement had been reached between the federal government and the union.
“Our expectation from a really responsive and honest authorities is that by now, all excellent points would have been resolved to the satisfaction of each events. Sadly, authorities is but to indicate sincerity in addressing the issue.
“As at at the moment, there are not any concrete commitments on the a part of authorities to warrant contemplating the suspension of this strike motion, which we did all that was doable to keep away from.
“Authorities ought to reveal severe dedication to implementing the spirit and letters of the 2009 FG/ASUU settlement, in addition to the ensuing 2013 MoU, for the speedy transformation of Nigeria’s public universities for improved effectivity, infrastructural improvement and world competitiveness.”
The ASUU president mentioned the purported launch of N20billion due for launch in September/October 2017, which was broadly publicised by authorities, had not been confirmed to and had not been acquired in any public universities whereas it had additionally not made any dedication to cost of the excellent 5 tranches of the stability of N1.1trillion Wants Evaluation intervention fund for revitalisation of public universities.
In accordance with him, authorities, via its forensic audit report had acknowledged that members had been being owed arrears of Earned Tutorial Allowance (EAA) from 2009 to 2016 together with two further years and hoped authorities would have factored that into the 2019 finances to keep away from clamour for cost of arrears in future.
He regretted that authorities declared that steps had been taken to handle the injustice, cost of EAA to its loyal members in College of Ilorin whereas that was but to be effected, stressing that authorities appeared to paying lip service to the difficulty.
The ASUU boss revealed that arrears of shortfalls in salaries had not been addressed and there was no agreed date for the cost of the verified claims to the affected universities.
On the demand for presidency to sack the chairman of the renegotiation committee, Prof Ogunyemi mentioned there have been unresolved points about him because the chief of the federal government workforce and head of the renegotiation.
“We’ve got robust causes to consider that the continuation of Dr. Babalakin as the top of the renegotiation with ASUU wouldn’t yield good fruit. He’s ideologically fixated on tuition charges and doesn’t agree that training is a public good. ASUU strongly objects to this.
“Our expertise with Dr. Babalakin for over 14 months tells us that Dr. Babalakin can not relate objectively to any of the problems in our calls for on the negotiation desk. We, due to this fact, as soon as extra name on authorities to switch Dr. Babalakin because the chairman of the renegotiation committee of the 2009 FG/ASUU settlement,” Ogunyemi said.
He used the chance to debunk insinuations that ASUU strike was meant to scuttle the 2019 basic elections including “our strike has nothing to do with election. We’re not planning to abort any election.”
On claims by some authorities officers that the continued strike had political colouration, the ASUU president mentioned the allegation was laughable and that the union was not perturbed by the insinuations saying that it was when authorities didn’t have options to its calls for that it got here up with the declare of sponsorship. “In 2013, ASUU was accused by the then authorities; so we’re not shock or moved by the allegation.”