ASUU: If FG Acknowledges Our Demands We’re Prepared To Suspend Strike
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) officials have said they are prepared to call off their current strike provided the federal government is willing to meet their “minimum” requests.
ASUU president Emmanuel Osodeke addressed on Thursday at a nationwide town hall on tertiary education.
“The Locked Gates of our Citadels – A National Emergency” was the title of the town hall.
Since February 14, ASUU has been on strike in protest of the federal government’s refusal to abide by its demands, which include paying for universities and teachers’ wages and benefits.
In response to the ongoing strike, the federal government has launched a lawsuit against the union at the national industrial court.
Osodeke said during the town hall meeting that the lawsuit will make things worse and that the union is prepared to work with the federal government to put an end to the strike.
“On all these issues, we have given the government a minimum that we can accept, but they have not responded on issue of revitalisation, earned allowance and on other issues that we have all discussed,” NAN quoted Osodeke as saying.
“We bargained and determined that they ought to sign. This is very simple and it will not take more than one day.
“On UTAS and IPPIS , we say ‘release the report of the test you did, let’s look at the one who came first and take it as we agreed’.
We have therefore given them the bare minimum that we require, and we must now descend; if there is a desire, they may do it in a single day.
“If the government loves this country, these children, and their parents, then they should come to the table and let us resolve these issues in one day.
“They should come and make sure that we do that, just like we did in 2014.” We can even have the meeting openly so that Nigeria will see what we are discussing.”