Strike: FG Is Not Honest. This Authorities Needs To Blackmail Us With Salaries – ASUU
The Tutorial Employees Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the federal government of making an attempt to blackmail its members.
Based on ASUU, the Federal Authorities will not be honest about resolving the problems that led to its virtually six-month strike.
The union which introduced that it will be assembly with representatives of presidency at the moment August 16, mentioned authorities’s transfer to placate its members into calling off the strike with wage increment as an alternative of holistically addressing the problems affecting college training within the nation is “unlucky”.
ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, who featured on Channels Tv’s Politics At the moment on Monday August 15, accused the federal government of paying lip service to college training.
“The federal government will not be honest in its coping with us. This has been the difficulty all alongside.
“What we’re doing is the sacrifice we have now to avoid wasting this nation and its youths. A collapsed college system is a collapsed nation and we’re virtually there. We is not going to be drained, we’ll make sure that our college system works.
“We’ve not heard any critical communication from the federal government although they’ve invited us for renegotiation of the 2009 settlement tomorrow (at the moment).
“The problems must do with funding, construction, autonomy, and learn how to elevate funds for the college system in Nigeria. However the authorities has lowered the difficulty to simply wage alone.
“If the federal government has seemed on the points comprehensively, we is not going to be speaking about funding. This authorities desires to blackmail us with salaries.
“Each college on the planet is an autonomous physique. You don’t topic the college to public service. That is why we’re the place we’re at the moment.
“The renegotiation began in 2017 when Mr. Wale Babalakin was appointed to chair the talks. We spent greater than two years on that.
“That committee finally collapsed when Babalakin was eliminated because the Chancellor of the College of Lagos. One other individual was appointed.
“Every time a brand new committee is ready up, the primary query we ask them is whether or not they have the mandate to renegotiate the entire settlement with us and so they often reply within the affirmative.
“Think about since Might 2021, we concluded renegotiation and so they mentioned they’d get again to us. Since then, they didn’t again to us since we began this strike.”
Osodeke additionally mentioned that Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo’s declare of presidency not having cash to satisfy ASUU’s calls for as a “unhappy growth”.
“It’s unhappy for the Federal Authorities to say it doesn’t have cash to satisfy our demand. If anyone has a will, she or he can get what he desires.
“If the federal government has the need and believes that training is vital, it should elevate any quantity to repair it.
“This can be a authorities that has given N100 billion for Dealer Moni, raised about N200 billion to feed faculty youngsters? Every of those is greater than what we’re asking for as revitalisation fund.”
On methods to resolve the disaster, the ASUU President mentioned;
“We’ve at all times been asking the federal government to provide sufficient budgetary allocation to the training.
“Throughout Africa, Nigeria has the bottom of about 5.3 p.c when nations like Ghana and South Africa give about 16 p.c of its finances.
“If the federal government indicators to the agreements of the earlier discussions, the strike could be known as off.”
Osodeke additionally revealed that the problems in regards to the Built-in Payroll and Private Info System (IPPIS), and the College Transparency and Accountability Answer, UTAS, have been resolved.
“The problem of IPPIS and UTAS has been put to relaxation. If the federal government agrees with us tomorrow, all the things shall be resolved.
“The problems of IPPIS and UTAS have been put to relaxation as agreed with the Chief of Employees, the Utas shall be applied.
“You see, if this authorities is critical, this strike is not going to final greater than two weeks. The President directed the Minister of Training to complete inside two weeks, now two weeks have handed and so they didn’t come again.”