The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has intimidated to continue its ongoing industrial action until the federal government met its demands.
Biodun Ogunyemi, The Chairman of the Union, who made this disclosure while speaking at an interactive section with stakeholders, at the University of Port Harcourt(Uniport) on Saturday, said, the Union’s demands were real, and for the benefit of Nigeria, as it concerns the implementation of 2012 universities needs assessment.
According to him, Nigeria university lecturers still receive the same salary scale of 2009, in 2020, adding that the issue must be dealt with before the strike can be called off.
In his statements:
“So what we are asking of the government are not groundless things, but those things that in 2012, the government-administered during a needs inspection survey and found out that there are widespread rot and decay in the university system, we asking that the government execute its own report of 2012.”
“Salary issues are still there, we have not fully dealt with that, it appears that some forces in government are bent on suffering our members by withholding their salaries. But we believe that once we sort out the issues of Universities Transparency and Accountability solutions, other issues will fall in place.
“The 2009 agreement we had with government stipulates that that agreement would be reviewed every three years, but since then, we have not been able to review the salary scale and that is why we are saying that the negotiation we started with the government in 2017 ought to have been completed and with the completion of that negotiation process.”