ASUU STRIKE: FG MUST MEET THE 2009 AGREEMENT, WE ARE NOT SIGNING ANY NEW AGREEMENT – ASUU

ASUU strike: FG must meet the 2009 agreement, We are not signing any new agreement – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU has asked the Federal Government to either fund universities or shut them down. This was made known by the National President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke while reacting to the comment by the Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige that the Federal Government did not have the funds to meet its obligations in the agreement signed with ASUU and considering renegotiation of the terms of the agreement.
The ASUU president insisted that government must implement the agreement it signed with the union in 2009 and the union will not sign any new agreement or MoU with them.
ASUU strike: FG must meet the 2009 agreement, We are not signing any new agreement – ASUU
He stated, “The Nigerian type of politician does not take education seriously. Can they tell this country how much they spent on COVID-19? I can assure you the crisis in education is 10 times what COVID-19 is because what shapes a nation is education. If it collapses, you have nothing. They were building railways here and there, They were bailing out DISCOs (electricity distribution companies) which they sold to private people, but they are still buying meters for them to sell to Nigerian people. But when it has to do with education that will shape this country, they will say they don’t have money.
“They are increasing their tour allowances. You know they move round all over the world. You saw the wife of the president celebrating birthday in Dubai and all governors’ wives were there with their aides. They have hundreds of millions of naira for their children (‘s education) in the UK; they have money, government money. But to fund education, they don’t have money. We have told them they either close down the universities and prepare for youths or let’s for once solve this problem and move ahead so that we start having foreign students who will pay in dollars as school fees, foreign lecturers will come here to teach; so that we don’t pay this huge amount we are using to move Nigerian students from Ukraine to Nigeria. They had money to go and move the children of the rich from Ukraine. They spent over $8m, but to fund Nigerian universities, they don’t have money. It is not true, they have money they are just playing games.
“The children of the poor will suffer in Nigerian universities while their children will have good education outside the country. When they are through, they come back here and take the juicy jobs here, and keep lording it over the children of the poor. It’s a class issue. For us, the option is for them; they shut down all the universities and let all the children go and learn mechanics or they fund the universities.”
Osodeke stated, “We are not signing any agreement or MoU with them. They should implement what they agreed upon 13 years ago. At that time, the exchange rate was one dollar to less than N100.00, but now, the exchange rate is one dollar to more than N500.00. Even the value of that money before we agreed in 2019 had already been eroded.
Some of the union’s demands which have yet to be met are funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution; promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement, and the inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System Payment.

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