The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday has said that its members shouldn’t be held responsible if there is any form of disruption in the country’s education system as the FG had not shown commitment to carrying out the 2019 agreement.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, National President of ASUU, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, where he gave an update on the ongoing renegotiation with the FG and to clear the air over the N25 billion confirmed by the Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, to have been approved for universities.
Prof. Ogunyemi stated that the N25 billion was meant to be a part-payment of the Earned Academic Allowances and should have been released between February 15 and 28, 2019, as agreed.
“Since information on the amounts mentioned in the media went round, the ASUU has been inundated with enquires on the union’s perspective to the story. Funding for the revitalization of public universities has for years been of very high priority to ASUU.
“Reaching an agreement with the FG has often been a frustrating journey for our union. It is often marked with protests, strikes and requires a conscious and focused engagement. The 2001 agreement, which gave birth to the 2009 agreement, was not an exemption. The exception here is the personality leading the government negotiation team.
“The current leadership of government team clearly lacks the academic disposition and humility needed to undertake such risk.
“Our members enjoy their work and hate to see any disruption in the smooth running of our universities. However, the level of frustration occasioned by the lackadaisical attitude of the government towards meeting the terms of the 2019 MOA that was freely signed with our union is increasingly becoming unbearable.
“We, therefore, call on all Nigerian patriots, parents and students including the Nigeria Labour Congress to prevail on the FG to keep to the terms of our agreement. Otherwise, our union should not be held responsible for any disruption in the system,” Prof. Ogunyemi stated.