Written by Godfrey AKON

Why we suspended 3-month old strike- ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it suspended its three-month-old strike conditionally after carefully reviewing its engagement with the federal government.

ASUU National President, Comrade Biodun Ogunyemi, who spoke at a Press Conference in Abuja, said the union’s national executive council, NEC, said if government fails to meet the demands of the union it would not hesitate to resume strike.

Ogunyemi said before suspending the strike, the union reached a memorandum of action with the federal government that in addition to the N20 billion for 2018, the sum of N25 billion only would be released in April/May 2019, after which government would resume full implementation of the MoU of 2013.

According to him, “Part-payment of the outstanding arrears of the earned academic allowances; defraying the balance up to 2018 in 4 tranches within 36 months; and mainstreaming further payments of EAA into the annual budgets beginning from 2019 budget” was also agreed upon.

Other areas of agreement are: “PICA verification and the release of the arrears of salary shortfall at the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, not later than 15th February 2019.

“Strengthening the Consultative Committee on State-owned Universities (CCSOU), inaugurated on Monday, 28th January, 2019 to look into the issues of proliferation, underfunding and governance to consistently deliver on its mandate.

“Payment of the outstanding EAA arrears of all eligible staff in the University of Ilorin, especially the loyal ASUU members whose appointments were illegally terminated by today, 7th February, 2019,” among others.

Acknowledgement and appreciation of Government for facilitating the release of the final letter of approval for the granting of operational license to NUPEMCO.

He said “Following a careful review of the report of engagements with the Federal Government on proposals for addressing all outstanding in the 2013 MoU and 2017 MoA, NEC resolved that the current strike action by the Union should be suspended conditionally with effect from 12.01 am on Friday 8th February 2019.

“However, should Government fail to fulfil its part of the agreement as reflected in the 2019 Memorandum of Action, ASUU shall resume its suspended strike action as the Union deems necessary.”

 

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