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Strike Continues As ASUU Reject FG’s Offers



ASUU Responds To Proposals By FG

Striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have rejected the proposal made by the federal government to end their ongoing strike action.

The leadership of the union are expected to make their position publicly known today by submitting the report of its discussion with members to the federal government, Naija News understands.

Recall that last week Monday, minister of labour, Chris Ngige speaking after a meeting between a delegation of ASUU and the FG, declared that majority of demands by the union have been met, including the release of N15.4 billion for payment of salary shortfalls.

On its part, ASUU said the discussions at the meeting would be taken back to its people and the next course of action would be announced in due course.

However, National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with THISDAY yesterday, said its members have rejected the federal government’s offer.

Ogunyemi said the federal government should have committed itself to a full tranche of the payment for revitalisation fund, which is N220 billion, and spread it for a period of five quarters in order to show commitment.

He added that the proposal of over N34 billion is too low to be accepted when compared to N1.1 trillion demanded.

Further more, the ASUU president insisted that a time-frame for payments must be attached to further agreements being made by the federal government with the union, while also insisting that the evidence of payment must also be made instead of mere verbal speeches.

He said,“Yes, we took the proposal to our members and we are preparing feedback reports and by tomorrow (today), the federal government will get the union’s response.

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