The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) through it’s leadership has said that it’s members are ready to resume as soon as the government meets their demands.
ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke made this known on Monday night during a TV interview, saying the government is responsible for the prolonged strike action.
Asked when he thinks the public universities will resume as students and parents are tired of the sit at home, the ASUU chairman pointed out that the federal government is responsible for the strike action, adding that as soon as the government meets their demands, the striking lecturers are ready to resume immediately.
“As far as ASUU is concerned, the strike can end tomorrow. Like I said, we have finished re-negotiation. Let the government call us this night that we should come tomorrow to sign that agreement, we’ll be there. Let the government tell us we have finished testing the UTAS, we have accepted it; by tomorrow we will call off the strike. So it’s not in our hands. We have finished we are just waiting.”
“So we challenge the government; when will they sign the agreement, number two when will they accept UTAS? Those are the two questions we should ask the Nigerian government. When would they sign the agreement?” he said.
Recall that ASUU had commenced nationwide strike on February 14th 2022, citing different demands which the FG had failed to meet as its reasons.
Some of the demands include, payments of salary arrears, better working conditions, renegotiation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement, payment of earned academic allowances, funds for the revitalization of public universities, promotion arrears, and poor funding of state universities.