The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has on Thursday, October 1st revealed that it is not ready to call-off the ongoing strike until the payment of the outstanding three-to-seven months withheld salaries are made by the government.
This was disclosed in a statement signed and released by Professor Ade Adejumo, the Zonal Coordinator of the Ibadan Zone.
Adejumo stated that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige told a lie on national television that the government did not owe lecturers any salary.
The statement reads in part;
“It should be noted that ASUU went on strike as a result of the combination of three inter-related factors: Nigerian governments’ increasing anti-labour policies and the history of sabotage in the education sector and the government’s refusal to honour the agreement reached with the union for revitalisation of public sector universities.”
“ASUU is particularly disappointed because we assumed that the government’s public outlook was based on the anti-corruption constantly orchestrated by this government.”
“We are pained and disturbed that the honourable Minister of Labour and Employment does not seem to be aware that the salaries of the nations academic staff in the public universities have not been paid for upward of three to seven months”.
“For the benefit of Nigerians, ASUU wishes to state that in sharp contrast to President Buhari’s directive on University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS), the respective government agencies involved are deliberately delaying its endorsement for implementation.”
“The ministries involved may wish to know that the inhumane treatment that ASUU is being subjected to has further emboldened us to rescue the soul of Nigeria’s public University education.”
“Hence, the government and the ministries involved need to do the needful, i.e. meet with ASUU in order for academic activities to resume. The starting point for this is the payment of withheld salaries of academics in Nigeria’s public universities.”