The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed it’s tiredness at the seemingly uneding industrial strike.
ASUU had gone on strike in March because the Federal government didn’t meet their demands.
Reading a statement after a meeting of stakeholders, Prof Olu Olufayo, Zonal coordinator of the Akure Zone said the government is rushing the Union to resume after weeks of the #EndSARS protests.
They called on the government to meet their demands quickly so that school can resume.
”We are tired of the strike. Our children are attending the public institution and it is sad that those frustrating our agitations, their children are not attending schools in Nigeria. It is so unfortunate. FG is intentionally starving us for our members to compromise and resume,” he said.
He explained that the strike is about the government not fulfilling the agreements both parties reached in 2013 and 2019 and not necessarily about the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS).
“For the avoidance of doubt, our issues remain; funding for revitalization of public universities, payment of earned academic allowances, visitation panels to universities and renegotiation of 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement. Since 2009, we have conscientiously approached the government to be faithful to implement the agreement it freely entered into with the union. The current struggle derives from this history.”
“Our students have stayed home for almost a year, we are not the cause, we started our strike before COVID-19 and those students are fed up and it was part of what contributed to #EndSARS and the FG realised that. They are now calling for negotiations that they turned down months back. The students during #EndSARS they also included End bad governance. I know that students in Kwara State University gave FG two weeks ultimatum to sort the issue with ASUU else they will hit streets with protest, that scared the government and they are rushing us to resume,” he added.