The staff union of universities (ASUU) has been on strike since June 2013 over issues relating to Infrastructural development in the universities and the welfare of lecturers.
Below is an Exclusive interview with ASUU President Comr Nasir Isa Fagge on The Network News of Radio Nigeria this morning.
Sir What is the Latest on the ASUU Strike ?
The latest on the Industrial Action is that the Government has decided to disagree with the set up committee and they have decided that instead of the 1.5 trillion Naira that was in the 2009 agreement for a period of 3 years to take care of the infrastructural developments and Teaching research what Government did was to give us an MOU which stated that she will release the sum of 100b naira for 2012 and then build it to a yearly sum of 200b Naira in the next 3yrs meaning 400b naira in 2013, 2014 and 2015 ,making a sum of 1.3 trillion Naira For all the public universities.
According to the MOU the Federal Government should have made available by now a total sum of 500b but what the government did after setting up a committee is to say that they are going to make available 100b Naira that is ½ years behind schedule and our members said that it does not clearly indicate serious commitment in implementing the agreement,
Just recently a certain government gave ASUU 100b Naira shouldn’t that cover the money that is involved in this infrastructural and welfare of lecturers?
The issue is that FG didn’t Give ASUU 100b Naira they said they gave out the money through some prospectors Committee to assist the problem Even at that we had our doubts because we asked the Committee to give us Evidence that the money is available and up till today we have not gotten that Evidence.
After we pulled out of deliberations but we were made to understand that the Committee came out with a new template on the base which they are now giving adulation letters to the universities to prove the 100b Naira. But on the STM fund that was disclosing academic allowance it was the government that pulled out of the negotiations and made categorical statements through the minister of finance that the government can only make available 30b Naira.
Is There a way ASUU and the Government can have a dialogue so that this strike can come to an End.
Yes The Government and ASUU Can have a dialog but What the government needs to do is to address the situation by implementing the 2012 MOU if Government does that then the problem is solved.
This was how the interview went down this morning... Meanwhile the Vice President has taken up the negotiation himself after a 2hrs close door meeting held in his office yesterday with the ASUU president and the ASUU President has promised to report back to the people he is representing and a Final Decision will then be taken.