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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected the offer made to it by the Federal Government earlier this week. While speaking with newsmen on Saturday morning, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, said upon reviewing the offer made by the government, members of the union across various campuses and zones rejected it.

This implies that the hopes of ASUU calling off the strike any time soon may have been dashed.

Mr. Ogunyemi, who described government’s offer on the outstanding revitalization fund of N1.1 trillion as tokenism, said members are insisting that government should release at least a tranche of N220 billion spread over four quarters of 2019.

He added that on earned allowances, government’s proposal should not be lesser than the total amount released “the last time” out of the verified balance.

“On earned academic allowances, our members said government’s proposed amount out of the verified balance should not be less than the total amount released last time, while evidence of mainstreaming the allowances into the 2019 budget should be shown. Also, timeline should be attached to payment of the balance of the arrears.

“The revitalization fund and earned academic allowances are the two critical areas on which our members feel strongly about. They expect necessary adjustments on the part of government before they can reconsider their decision on the ongoing strike action.”

The unions also asked for the release of the forensic audit report on Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), payments of all outstanding earned academic allowances and the mainstreaming of same into the 2019 budget.

The lecturers also demanded the payment of all arrears of shortfall in salaries to all universities that have met the verification requirements of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA).

Meanwhile, one of the major issues that has been dragging the negotiations forth and back is the revitalisation of the universities.

As at Saturday morning, the government was yet to release the N1.1 trillion of the N1.3 trillion it agreed to provide for the exercise.

It was gathered that the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration released N200 billion in 2013 but since then nothing more has been paid.

There are indication that the Academic Staff Union of Universities may embark on another strike as the Federal Government is yet to respond to the agreement it had with the Union that led to the suspension of the earlier strike in September, 2017.

Both the government and ASUU reached an agreement which stipulated that the Federal Government implements its agreed contents before the end of October, 2017.

However, the Federal Government is yet to implement issuance of licence for the registration of Nigerian University Pension Company (NUPEMCO), which it promised to do within two weeks after suspension of the strike.

It was equally gathered that the Federal Government was also defaulting in the payment of Earned Academic Allowances and Revitalisation Funds for Public Universities.

Although the Federal Government audit teams have visited campuses and concluded the auditing of staff as agreed, payment of the 23billion Naira promised by the end of October as payment for the 2009/2010 Earned Academic Allowances of lecturers in public universities in Nigeria is yet to be made.

The NEC of ASUU is expected to review the implementation of the Memorandum of Action and jointly take a decision on it.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended the five weeks old strike on monday evening and directed it members to resume with immediate effect.

ASUU President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi told reporters last night after a long meeting with the Federal Government delegation, led by Minister of Laboutr and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige, that they decided to conditionally suspend the strike in view of the timeline of October for the implementation of the signed agreement with the government.

He said the union would not hesitate to resume the suspended action should the government renege on the newly signed agreement, which he called Memorandum of Action.

He said the agreement is backed by a definite timeline for implementation.

He warned that the government must not deliberately dishonour the agreement, adding that the continuous breach of signed agreement had been responsible for the constant strike in the universities.

Ogunyemi said the new agreement with the government is based on mutual trust between the union and the government, adding that the trust of the union must be respected by the government.

Dr. Ngige said all the grey areas had been sorted out and an agreement reached.

He said both the government and the union agreed on several issues, assuring that the agreement reached would be implemented by the government in line with available resources.

Areas of agreement include funding for revitalisation of public universities and the issue of Earned Academic Allowances, the issue of University Staff Schools and the implementation of the judgment of the National Industrial Court, National Universities Pension Management Company and guidelines for pension matters for professors.

He also said the union agreed to the exemption offered by the government regarding the issue of TSA, which include the issue of grants, endowment fund as well as salary shortfall, which he said is already being implemented by the government.

On the state universities, he said they agreed that the union would submit a position paper to the Federal Government on their observation with a view for government to advise state governments.

According to report, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to consider the offer made by the federal government and suspend their strike.

This followed 1.30pm to 11pm closed door meeting of the union with delegates from the Federal Government yesterday.

The leadership of ASUU, however, said that though it has accepted the proposal presented by the government, it will take the proposal to its members and get back to the government in a week.

According to the National President of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, the union will come back after one week to take its final decisions.

“Now we have some concrete proposal that we will take back to our members for consideration,” he said.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said after the meeting that ASUU’s demands have been addressed and the union will get back to the government in a week after consulting with its principals.

The Federal government will hold a crucial meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Thursday September 2017 to resolve the nation's universities lingering strke.

ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, who confirmed that last tuesday said he had received and invitation to a meeting at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja.

Persons expected to be at Thursday’s meeting are the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

A National Executive Council meeting of ASUU held last week had reviewed the government’s initial offer to some of the demands of the lecturers. At that meeting, the lecturers resolved to proceed with the strike which commenced on August 13.

According to a top ASUU official who pleaded anonymity, the lecturers rejected the federal government’s offer sequel due to lack of “trust.”

“Lecturers were not comfortable with the federal government’s offer because previous promises failed,” the source said, seeking anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media. “So, it was better to solve all once and for all, so as not to be deceived again.”

The federal government had reportedly offered to pay N23 billion and a monthly payment of N1.5 billion pending the outcome of the forensic audit being carried out by the Ministry of Finance on various universities.

The presidency has corrected the statement made by a minister after he has announced that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo “has taken over some of the aspects of the negotiations and discussions” with striking university lecturers, saying the minister was “misrepresented.”
Speaking at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, spoke on the decision reached at the meeting regarding the strike.
“This is the first national strike that this government is facing and we want to discuss,” he said.
“At council today, the Vice President has taken over some of the aspects of the negotiations and discussions.
“So, we are continuing the meeting in his office and when we finish meeting, we will get back to ASUU for another round of meeting and we are hopeful that we will be able to go to an appreciable extent to solve some of the outstanding issues that is preventing them from going back to work,” he said.
In a statement on Friday, however, Laolu Akande, the spokesperson to Mr. Osinbajo said his principal will not take over the negotiation.
‘‘Media reports seemed to have misrepresented what Labour & Employment Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige meant when he spoke with reporters about the negotiations after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.”
Mr. Akande explained that the “Vice President had a discussion after FEC with both the Labour Minister and Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu around the issues, but has not taken over the negotiations as widely reported.”
He said Mr. Ngige and Mr. Adamu
“will continue to lead the FG- ASUU talks.”
“The Federal Government continues to diligently pursue a prompt resolution of this dispute and is confident the matter would be resolved,” he added.
The lecturers, ASUU, are on an indefinite national strike over issues ranging from welfare of members and the unwillingness of the federal government to honour past agreements with the union.
Past meetings between the government and the lecturers have not led to a resolution of the crisis which has sent students in tertiary institutions back home.

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is now been made the head of the Federal Government negotiation team by the Federal Executive Council, (FEC) with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The new development was disclosed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige while briefing State House correspondents after the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting which was chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, also blamed the private sector of being responsible for the delay in announcing the Chairman of the Minimum Wage Review Committee.

The minister claimed that they were ready and will announce Chairman of the Committee when all the names of representatives of the private sector is submitted.

University teachers have presented six new conditions for calling off their two-week old strike.

But the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, yesterday pleaded with the lecturers to embrace peace for the sake of innocent students.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) is to discuss today the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and chart the way forward.

Some of the options include:

bringing back ASUU to the negotiation table;
allowing the Wale Babalakin Panel to conclude its assignment;
suing ASUU to either the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) or the National Industrial Court (NIC); and
referring all issues to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, in line with the Trade Dispute law.

According to a source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, the six conditions were not part of the previous demands referred to the Babalakin Committee for arbitration.

The new conditions are that:

the Federal Government should immediately accept payment of shortfall in salaries of universities;
universities to manage their IGR the way they like and exemption from TSA;
exemption of Endowment Funds, JV cash from TSA;
payment of University Salary Scale to teachers in primary schools in universities;
release/implementation of guidelines for the retirement of Professors in line with 2009 FG-ASUU Agreement; and
waiver/ government fiat to set up Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company

The source said: “ASUU has brought proposals different from the agreement they reached in the Senate with the Federal Ministry of Education.

“They are asking the government to take over the shortfall in the salaries of universities when there were glaring cases of abuse of recruitment process and non-compliance with Integrated Personnel Payment Information System (IPPIS).

“They want the government to accept liability for the shortfall in spite of the fact that universities acted arbitrarily in increasing their wage bill.

“The lecturers have also asked the government to manage their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) henceforth instead of remitting such to the Treasury Single Account (TSA) in line with their demand for autonomy for universities.”

But, according to the source, the government does not want to waive the TSA policy for universities. It, however, expressed readiness to exempt Endowment Funds and Joint Ventures Funds from TSA.

“In their new demands, the lecturers asked for the issuance of a fiat to the Pension Commission to register the Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company.

“PENCOM has expressed its readiness to register Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company, if ASUU and other stakeholders can quickly address the lapses already highlighted in the registration process. PENCOM is insisting that the guidelines in the 2005 Pension Reforms Act must be fully complied with,” the source said.

The the government is said to be shocked by ASUU’s fresh request that the Federal Government should pay University Salary Scale to primary school teachers in varsity staff schools.

It said: “They are saying that the staff school should be allowed to continue to collect tuition fees.”

“The government has a different approach to the staff school. Apart from retaining its policy that primary education is free under the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Scheme, the government is of the opinion that teachers in varsity schools be either paid by the Universal Basic Education Commission(UBEC) or be placed under the salary scale of the Federal Ministry of Education or Federal Salary Scale,” the senior government official said.

“Another demand from ASUU is the release of the guidelines for the retirement of professors in line with 2009 Agreement.”

Responding to a question, the source said: “We believe that ASUU is trying to be difficult with the new conditions after the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had conceded N23billion to pay earned allowances of the lecturers.

“The ASUU strike will be tabled before the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday (today). The FEC will weigh options and chart the way forward.”

Contacted last night, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige said: “They have brought some proposals different from the demands we are already addressing. I want ASUU to toe the path of peace for the sake of the innocent students in our universities.

“I am asking ASUU to know that this dispute is already apprehended by this ministry. And when we apprehend a dispute, it is necessary for parties to come for talks and consideration of issues.

“Going by Section 3 of the Labour Dispute law, any further discussion on ASUU demands should be done with the Federal Ministry of Labour.”

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According to report, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has shunned a scheduled meeting with the Federal Government today 29th August, 2017.

This development was confirmed by the ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, while speaking to newsmen.

According to him, ASUU has met, discussed the new offer from the FG and submitted a proposal to the government.

He said the union will only honour another meeting from the Federal Government after the government must have responded to the proposal sent by the union.

There are indications that the Academic Staff Union of Universities may meet with the Federal Government this week over the ongoing strike by the union.

The union had earlier over the weekend to decode whether or not to call off the strike.

The FG had during the meeting with ASUU leadership in Abuja offered to pay N23bn and a monthly payment of N1.5bn pending the outcome of the forensic audit being carried out by the Ministry of Finance.

According to a source, “The ASUU meeting which held last Saturday at UniAbuja discussed the offers made by the government and whether the strike should be called off on the basis of the offers made by the government.

“It was decided that ASUU might seek an audience with the government this week to negotiate further concessions before the strike is called off.”

A crucial National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is going on to decide on offers made by the Federal Government team last week to persuade its striking members to return to work.

Ahead of the NEC meeting, various
zones of ASUU had met also to consider the offer as well as inputs from the various branches for presentation to the NEC.

ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike on August 14, accusing government of failure to redeem the terms of agreement signed in 2009 and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) endorsed by both parties in 2012.

One of the zonal coordinators of ASUU told Saturday Sun : “I must state that the offer from the Federal Government is a far cry from our members’ expectations. Let us see what comes out of this emergency NEC meeting. Many of our members are not happy with the way government is handling our demands. It is up to NEC to take a position on the on-going strike. Our members are prepared for a long strike, but it depends on the government.”

He debunked a claim by the Education Minister that ASUU would call off the strike this week, saying, “we didn’t promise the minister anything. We told the government team that we are going to consult with our members on what government has offered”.

He described the likely outcome of NEC meeting, as 50-50, saying members wanted to see concrete evidence that government was serious about meeting the demands.

The minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, had, admitted that “government has not fulfilled its part of the bargain, even though we are unhappy that ASUU went on this strike without following due process and giving us good notice. We realised that we promised something and we didn’t fulfill it.

Vice- Chancellors and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have rejected the cut-off mark of marks set by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

It would be recalled that JAMB two days ago announced cut-off mark of 120 for universities and 100 for polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education.

ASUU has described this as a “sad policy decision, ” saying it was in tandem with the dream of the present government to destroy public universities in the country .

Vice Chancellors who have commented on this have maintained that they would not lower admission standards in their respective varsities .

According to them, the decision would add no value to the nation’ s university system.

A statement issued by the Vice- Chancellor , University of Ibadan , Prof. Idowu Olayinka, on the issue and released by his Media Assistant , Mr . Sunday Saanu, stated that it would never admit any candidate that scored 120 in the UTME .

UI has never admitted any candidate who scored less than 200 marks out of the maximum 400 marks .
This remains our position as an institution aspiring to be world -class .

He however , commended the decision of the Federal Government to re -introduce the post- UTME test and exonerated the incumbent JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede , from the cancellation of the test two sessions ago.

On his part, the Vice- Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education , Ogun State , Prof. Oluyemisi Obilade , said that the institution will never go below 180.

The Chairman of ASUU at the University of Ibadan , Dr . Deji Omole , said the JAMB registrar simply lowered cut- off marks to favour the interests of the friends of government who own private universities and are hell bent on destroying public education. ”

Omole said it was vital for JAMB to be scrapped in order to save the nation’s education and its future.

The Vice- Chancellor , Obafemi Awolowo University , Prof. Tope Ogunmodede , said Traditionally, OAU has never admitted students who scored below 200 in the UTME. For us, we are sticking to 200.

Similarly, the President of NANS, Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Thursday, threatened that the decision would be resisted if JAMB refused to adhere to the status quo.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities will meet today to deliberate on the offers made by the Federal Government last Thursday in Abuja.

It was gathered that meeting will be on zonal levels nationwide, where the members would determine whether to accept the offers made to them or not.

According to the Chairman, UNIAbuja chapter of ASUU, Dr. Ben Ugheoke, the union would hold a crucial meeting on the labour action.

He explained that after the zonal meetings, the decisions would then be communicated to the national executive council of the union which would take a final position on the issues.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has disclosed that the Federal Government has made arrangement to release the sum of N23 billion to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

He made this known while speaking on Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, led by Senator Jibrin Barau.

According to him, plans are on ground to honour the agreement between the FG and ASUU.

He stated that the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, had already approved a total N53bn for the union so far, adding that the balance of N23bn would be released on Monday when the striking lecturers would receive the cheque.

He however said, “We didn’t agree with ASUU on their request that TSA should be taken out. I told them that it is not possible because it is a new policy and government is not going to change it for anyone.

“Concerning their salary short fall, we said the reason springs from universities employing people without proper authority.

“For instance, a university can just decide to go and recruit 50 people without notifying IPPIS. So, what they are going to get is the money they got last month, which will not be sufficient for them. We have told them that institutions should, henceforth, stop doing that and they accepted.

The Minister finally Said that he is optimistic that the strike will be called of within then next one week maximum.

The Federal Government’s efforts towards getting the the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)to call off its nationwide strike failed on Thursday as both parties did not agree on some issues.

According to a source who was present at the meeting, the Federal Government promised to honour all of ASUU’s requests except the one regarding the TSA.

It was gathered that the government admitted wrongdoing and appealed to the lecturers to call off the strike immediately, but the appeal was rejected by ASUU leaders, who pleaded for time to meet their members because of the TSA.

The Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige stated after the meeting that the government was expecting feedback from ASUU on the overtures made to it, adding that the union promised to return to the negotiation table within one week with hope of finally calling of the strike.


On the day a meeting between striking university lecturers, ASUU, and the federal government deadlocked, the education minister said the strike may be called off within one week.

The minister, Adamu Adamu, stated this at a meeting with the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund in Abuja.

He said that the ministry and other major stakeholders were already holding meetings with the union to resolve some of the issues that led to the strike.

Mr. Adamu’s meeting is believed to have held just before the meeting between the government delegation, led by labour minister Chris Ngige and ASUU.

The lecturers had said after their meeting with the government delegation that they would get back to the government next week.

On Thursday, the education minister assured that with the level of progress made in the negotiation, there was hope that students and lecturers would return to classes within one week.

“The issue of renegotiation is already going on. I have already written a letter formalising the meeting I had with the union, because I went alone to face them and I wrote a letter which I gave them yesterday.

“From the way they received it, I think it is possible that the strike will be called off within a week, maximum,’’ he said.

Mr. Adamu, said while explaining reasons for the strike, said ASUU accused the federal government of failing to keep its side of the agreement.

He assured that the Ministry of Finance had agreed to do the needful with regard to releasing funds as soon as possible.

“The union had asked for N23 billion to be paid.

“We said the condition for that N23 billion to be released was for them to account for the N30 billion they had taken which is a total of N53 billion and they were not able to account for it.

“The Minister of Finance then undertook to do the audit from the ministry and we agreed that the result will be known within six months.

“The federal government undertook to be paying them N1.5 billion each month during the time they are waiting for the outcome of the audit.

“Their grouse now is that the forensic audit promised by the minister of finance has not been done and the money promised has not been paid.

“So, at our meeting two days ago, we agreed that we will pay them and do forensic audit on the entire N53 billion.

“I wrote to the minister and she has already approved it and this money will be paid; probably on Monday, they will be able to receive the cheque,’’ he said.

Mr. Adamu, however, stated that his ministry did not agree on some issues during the meeting with the union.

He said, “there are other issues which we did not agree on and that is their request to be taken out of Treasury Single Account (TSA).

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

“I told them that it is not possible because this is a new policy and government is not going to change it for anyone.

“Concerning their salary shortfall, we said a lot of the reasons spring from what they are doing wrong.

“They do a lot of employment without proper authority.

“For instance, a university can decide to recruit 50 people and IPPIS is not aware. So, we insisted that institutions must stop doing that and they accepted.

“There is also the issue of the registration of their pension commission. I think they have one or two issues to iron out with PENCOM and I believe they will also be able to solve the problem within a week.’’

The Chairman of the senate committee, Barau Jibrin, said the committee was impressed with the briefing by the minister on the matter.

He explained that the seriousness of the issue made the committee members to cut short their recess, and said that from the assurance given by the minister, students and lecturers would return to school shortly.

Mr. Jibrin said, “we hope the proposal sent to ASUU by the minister will be accepted.

“On our part, with regard to getting some of the issues captured in the budget, we will do our best to actualise it.’’

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The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, yesterday said that the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), may end in two days.

He disclosed this during an interview with newsmen. According to him, the present administration has a policy of engaging unions, including ASUU.

“I hope and believe that this would be a one or two days strike. We have a policy of engaging the unions, including ASUU and I think now we are very serious.

“This is the first time in two years that ASUU is declaring a strike,” Adamu said.

It was also learnt that the Minister also held a closed-door meeting with the leader of the Federal Government Renegotiation Team, Dr. B. O Babalakin (SAN).

Babalakin had in January, inaugurated the 16-member team to renegotiate the 2009 agreement between the FG and ASUU .

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has declared support for the strike action embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU.

According to a statement signed by the Secretary General, of ASUP, Anderson Ezeibe, ASUU strike was aimed at restoring sanity to Nigerian universities.

The union called on the Federal Government to make efforts towards implementing the agreements entered into with ASUP to avert such crisis in polytechnics.

Excerpts of the statement reads, “ASUP notes the renewal of hostilities on the country’s university campuses between ASUU and government of Nigeria.

“While we are in unconditional solidarity with ASUU in this struggle to restore sanity to Nigerian universities, we are calling on the government to commence without further delay the implementation of agreements entered into with ASUP to forestall an impending crisis in the polytechnic sub-sector.”

The office of the presidency has described the strike action embarked upon by ASUU is totally unnecessary.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in an interview on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily yesterday..

According to him, the amount of money being demanded by the union was unrealizable.

He mentioned that the leaders of ASUU were aware of the fact that the current administration inherited the agreements based on which the industrial action was declared.

He said ASUU was also aware that the Federal Government had set up a committee on the matter.

Shehu stated that the current administration might not be able to meet the huge financial obligation the striking lecturers were demanding since the N850bn debt was more than the total allocation to the Ministry of Education in the 2017 Budget, which he put at N369bn.

“We have inherited these agreements and we are not running away from them. Government has set up a committee led by (Dr Wale) Babalakin. They are already sitting. Why didn’t they sit down and negotiate?

“This strike is totally unnecessary. The issues can be resolved, especially where we have full understanding of where we are coming from. The governments that signed those agreements did not deem it fit to implement because the capacity was not there.

“If they are ready, they can sit down and discuss with the committee that has capable and qualified people as members.

“They want all the problems to go with a wave of the hand. They want all the answers to all their problems at a go. There is an avenue that the government has opened for them for dialogue and it is not closed yet.”

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite strike across the nation, beginning Sunday August 13th, 2017.

According to ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, the lecturers took the decision to declare the strike after deliberations at its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the University of Abuja during the weekend.

In a document titled: “Strike Bulletin No.1”, which was signed and issued by Ogunyemi, ASUU said the strike action was to be a total, comprehensive and indefinite action whereby no form of academic activities including teaching, attendance of any meeting, conduct and supervision of any examination at any level, supervision of project or thesis at any level should take place at any of the nation’s universities.

The union recalled that it had to embark on a six month strike between July and December 2013 and the strike was suspended when government signed an MoU with the union.

“Of all the items contained in the MoU, only the N200b out of a total of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalisation (Needs Assessment) fund was released.

“The union also embarked on a one week warning strike in November 2016 to press for the implementation of 2013 MoU. However government did not implement the understanding reach between the union and Federal Government base on the intervention by the leadership of Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The union has also met with the 2009 Agreement Implementation Monitoring Committee, IMC, and had written several letters press releases and communiqués on the outstanding issues to no avail.

“The National Executive Council, NEC, of ASUU then met at the University of Abuja on August 12 2017 to consider the result of a referendum from all branches in a bid to ascertain ways of convincing government to implement outstanding aspects of the 2009 and the MoU of 2013”.

ASUU further listed the outstanding issues with the Federal Government to include: payment of fractions/non-payment of salaries; non-payment of earned academic allowances, non-release of operational license of NUPEMCO; non implementation of the provisions of the 2014 pension reform act with respect to retired professors and their salaries, removal of universities staff schools from funding by government and funds for the revitalisation of public universities.

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