We are on the verge of a total strike – ASUU warns FG

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Nsukka Zone, expressed disappointment over the one-year anniversary of President Bola Tinubu’s administration due to unfulfilled promises.

Speaking to journalists at Benue State University, Makurdi, Zonal Coordinator Raphael Amokaha criticized successive administrations for failing to meet renegotiated agreements from the 2009 Federal Government/ASUU agreement.

Issues such as inadequate university funding, violation of university autonomy, nonpayment of academic allowances, and delayed salaries were highlighted.

While acknowledging the president’s recent decision to review university governing council appointments, ASUU urged him not to view it as political favoritism.

Amokaha noted that contrary to the promise of President Tinubu that the era of the strike in Nigerian universities was over, the ASUU zonal boss said, ‘Unfortunately, we are on the verge of a strike.’

He added, “The government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is about to celebrate one year in office. Unfortunately, members of our union do not share in the elation of the one-year celebration.

“Our expectations were much higher than the present reality. Again, we cry out to the President, let the lecturers breathe! Do not suffocate us!!

“The draft renegotiated 2009 agreement must be signed immediately and implemented even though it may need to be looked at before signing now so that what will be agreed upon now will be commensurate to the hyperinflation ravaging our country.

“The balance of the eight months withheld salaries owed our colleagues should be paid immediately. They have now done the work in full and to make it worse, the value of the eight months’ salary is now barely up to the value of two months’ salary at that time.

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Speaking further, Amokaha said, “Membership of governing councils requires notable and upright personalities with experience in university administration.

“It’s therefore not proper that personalities like Professors Attahiru Jega, Olu Obafemi, and Munzali Jibril be tossed about in the name of dissolution or reconstitution of councils without recourse to propriety.

“Appointments to university governing councils must not be viewed as patronage for political loyalty.”

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