On Tuesday the ASUU said it was determined to continue its ongoing strike to ensure the government shows a greater commitment to education and improved workers’ welfare.
According to the Group , it is necessary to find a solution to the revitalization fund and unpaid scholarly fees for the establishment and execution of government tours, resolve the multiplication and governance of national universities and conclude the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN Treaty if a strike is to be abrogated.
The declarations he signed in a Strike Bulletin 9 were also released by the Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Dr Ayo Akinwole, ASUU Chairman, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.
In its 13th week, the current ASUU strike.
In the early conclusion of the ASUU-FGN renegotiation of 2009, Ogunyemi noted that “the efforts of government agents to derail the strik by deflecting the contraction of IPPIS and denied salaries have failt because of its fight for an equitable cause.
“The Agreement is expected to give rise to new conditions of service, improved salaries for academics and improved infrastructures for Nigerian public varesities.
In spite of unpaid salaries by thousands of Federal government academicians and the payment of distorted and amputated wages to thousands of ASUU members, the ASUU leader stressed that members have remained determined to achieve a better work environment.
According to him, the new 11-year-old ‘slave pay’ system, agreed to in 2009, was implemented prior to its termination in 2006.
While assuring members that issue surrounding the payment of distorted or withheld salaries would be resolved, he maintained that the current strike was to ensure that Nigerian children attend the best public varsity education and have the best of facilities and infrastructure that can compete globally.
Ogunyemi further lashed out at governments for adopting what it called herd-immunity approach to the fight against Covid-19 pandemic just as it appealed to ASUU members to “intensify community information, education, communication to support and promote the guidelines as well as deepen research and innovation activities in the community transmission phase of Covid-19”.