See Reasons Why School Might Still Resume This November.
Recall that the Academic Staff Union Universities, ASUU, have been on strike since 23rd of March this year due to their disagreement with the Federal Government over the newly-introduced method of payment, IPPIS.
Now, ASUU has said its members are ready to end the seven months strike only when lecturers’ demands are met.
Part of the reasons of ASUU's prolonged indefinite strike is the inability of the Federal Government to meet up with their demands as presented in their 2019 MoA. The demands are revitalization fund for universities, outstanding earned academic allowance, renegotiation of 2009 agreement, proliferation of universities, especially by the state government, and establishment of visitation panel to universities. ASUU also brought forward their preferred system of payment which they called Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS to be paid therewith.
However on Tuesday night, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba made a comment which has raised hi hope of public universities resuming this month with this statement:
"The lecturers can be back in the classroom tomorrow if they say they want to go back. There is nothing withholding lecturers from going back to the classroom tomorrow. Absolutely nothing. Everything the government should do has been done. If you want your salaries, get on the platform and collect your salaries”.
And the latest is coming from Prof Moyo Ajao, Chairperson of ASUU in UNILORIN who spoke at a press briefing on Wednesday. He also said lecturers are ready to return to their duty post but they won’t work on an empty stomach.
Represented by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Prof. Ade Adejumo, Ajao said lecturers will return to work when the government releases their withheld salaries, remit the check-off dues of the union to the rightful owner.
He said: “We are ready to suspend the strike as our children too are tired of staying at home but we cannot work on empty stomachs while politicians’ homes and warehouses are filled with palliative materials that they don’t even need.”
That means the Lecturers are even tired of their ongoing strike action due to the pleading motive behind Prof Adejumo's speech and could be a pointer to possibility of public universities resumption even this month.
Federal Government and ASUU are deemed to hold another meeting tomorrow, Friday where agreements are expected to be met.
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