The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has again frowned at the nonchalant attitude of government towards their demands which resulted to the eight months strike before the call of strike.
Even after a series of negotiations with the Federal Government, ASUU called off an eight-month strike late last year which resulted to the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution which are all part of the lecturers’ demands (UTAS).
However, the union made it clear that, government after months is yet to address the majority of its demands, including the payment of salary backlogs.
He revealed to Channels Televisionon Thursday, “As far as this present government is concerned, once the strike is over, the issue is resolved unknown to them that a strike is a symptom of a problem. They have abandoned the problem. Since we called off the strike based on a court directive, not a single meeting has been called. Not a kobo has been paid,”
According to him, the union members are battling to meet up with the academic calendar in spite of the government’s posture.
Osodeke expressed, “It is so unfortunate that they don’t have any regard for the Nigerian education system.”