“It’s unhappy for the Federal Authorities to say it doesn’t have cash to fulfill our demand” – ASUU

“It is sad for the Federal Government to say it does not have money to meet our demand" - ASUU

The Tutorial Employees Union of Universities (ASUU) has claimed that the Federal Authorities has not been honest with the method of resolving what has led to the lingering strike motion.

The union which introduced that it will be assembly with representatives of presidency as we speak August 16, stated authorities’s transfer to placate its members into calling off the strike with wage increment as a substitute of holistically addressing the problems affecting college schooling within the nation is “unlucky”.

ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, who featured on Channels Tv’s Politics In the present day on Monday August 15, added that it’s unhappy that the federal government says it doesn’t have cash to fulfill their demand.

He stated;

“The federal government is just not honest in its coping with us. This has been the difficulty all alongside.

“What we’re doing is the sacrifice we’ve to save lots of this nation and its youths. A collapsed college system is a collapsed nation and we’re nearly there. We is not going to be drained, we’ll make sure that our college system works.

“We’ve got not heard any critical communication from the federal government although they’ve invited us for renegotiation of the 2009 settlement tomorrow (as we speak).

“The problems should do with funding, construction, autonomy, and the way to increase funds for the college system in Nigeria. However the authorities has lowered the difficulty to only wage alone.

“If the federal government has regarded on the points comprehensively, we is not going to be speaking about funding. This authorities needs to blackmail us with salaries.

“Each college on the earth is an autonomous physique. You don’t topic the college to public service. This is the reason we’re the place we’re as we speak.

“The renegotiation began in 2017 when Mr. Wale Babalakin was appointed to chair the talks. We spent greater than two years on that.

“That committee finally collapsed when Babalakin was eliminated because the Chancellor of the College of Lagos. One other particular person was appointed.

“Every time a brand new committee is ready up, the primary query we ask them is whether or not they have the mandate to renegotiate the entire settlement with us and so they normally reply within the affirmative.

“Think about since Might 2021, we concluded renegotiation and so they stated they might get again to us. Since then, they didn’t again to us since we began this strike.”

“It’s unhappy for the Federal Authorities to say it doesn’t have cash to fulfill our demand. If anyone has a will, she or he can get what he needs.

“If the federal government has the need and believes that schooling is vital, it would increase any quantity to repair it.

“This can be a authorities that has given N100 billion for Dealer Moni, raised about N200 billion to feed college kids? Every of those is greater than what we’re asking for as revitalisation fund.”

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