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Two Things FG Should Do As ASUU Threatens Another Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities announced on Sunday, September 26, 2021, that its National Executive Council would meet next week to discuss whether or not to go on strike in response to the Federal Government's inability to meet certain of its requests.

Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the union's National President, revealed this in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja.

Remember that ASUU issued an ultimatum to the federal government, accusing it of disregarding its demands on purpose.

ASUU's demands include the payment of its members' salary arrears, the payment of university revitalisation funding, and the construction of a new payment platform known as the UTAS platform.

The federal government, on the other hand, stated that it was working hard to meet the association's demands.

"For the time being, there is nothing fresh from their (the government's) side," Osodeke said. 'They have purposefully continued to do so in order to make us look terrible. We've given them ample opportunity, and we're confident that the public has heard our cries. The NEC will meet the following week. There isn't a certain date yet, but it will be next week. We're hoping they'll take action by the end of the week. We will examine our alternatives and make a decision when we meet." He concluded. 

"We'll keep you updated on other matters. However, we have a meeting next Tuesday, and they have till then."

Recall that ASUU went on a nine-month strike in 2020, forcing millions of students to stay at home during this period. 

However, there are two things the federal government should do urgently to stop the lecturers from proceeding on another strike. 

1. The federal government should quickly yield to the demands of the lecturers as soon as possible. If not all, a large percentage of their demands should be met before next week. 

2. If the government can't meet their demands during this period, they should show commitment by arranging a meeting with the union. The Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and Minister for Labour, Chris Ngige, should be part of the government delegation. 

Photo credit: The PUNCH


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