Speaking on Politics Today, the President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke suggested the strike action might be called off if Tuesday’s meeting with the Federal Government goes well.
“We are willing to sign,” ASUU President said.
Professor Emmanuel Osodeke said the meeting was to discuss one of seven issues ASUU is protesting over,
“That is the issue of renegotiation,” Osodeke said, “the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.
“It is not just about wages. It has to do with the system, funding, the structure, the autonomy and other issues; and how to fund universities.”
“The government has reduced it to just salaries alone. But if they had looked at the whole agreement and implemented it, we will not be talking about funding.”
ASUU’s Long-Standing Demands
The Academics want better working conditions, the rebirth of public universities, and academic autonomy, among other things.
One point of complaint for academics is the non-payment of N1.1 trillion in university rebuilding money.
However, the Federal Government has stated that it does not have the funds to pay such a sum, blaming low oil prices during the government of Muhammadu Buhari.
February 14, 2022, marked the beginning of a four-week warning strike by ASUU.
On March 14, the union extended the strike for two more months to allow the government to meet all its demands.
In a May 9 announcement, a 12-week extension was announced.
There has been no end to the union’s strike since May 9, vowing to continue until its demands are met.