Welcome to Naija News compilation of the latest news on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike for today, 12th July 2022.
Naija News reports that universities lecturers have been on strike since February 14, 2022 over unresolved issues with the federal government.
Some of their demands include improved welfare for lecturers, revitalisation fund for public universities, implementation of the 2009 agreement, and dropping the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has said the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is unreasonable with its demands in order to end the lingering strike.
Umahi said this on Wednesday when he received a delegation from the Nigeria Police Trust Fund led by Dr. Ben Akabueze, at the Government House in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi capital.
The Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum said the Muhammadu Buhari government cannot borrow N1.1 trillion to pay the striking members of the union.
The Governor, however, admitted that the ASUU demands are genuine, adding that the union and the government should come to some level of understanding during negotiation.
Ahead of the 2023 election, Nollywood actor Frederick Leonard has thrown a critical question to Nigerian youths and students suffering from the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
In a post shared on Instagram, the actor questioned if any student currently at home would vote for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who seemed nonchalant about the ASUU strike.
Frederick Leonard wonders if the students would be brainwashed or bought due to the hunger deliberately created in the land.
He wrote: “Will any of these students currently on ASUU strike…. totally ignored by the government still vote for the current political party in the coming elections?
“I’m Just Asking Respectfully.. Or will They Forget? Will They Be Brainwashed? Will They Be Bought Because of the Hunger Deliberately Created in The Land? Or will They Be Brave Enough to Try Something new and Different, FOR A NEW and DIFFERENT RESULT. I’m just Asking.”
The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has tackled the Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, over his comment on the ongoing strike.
Naija News earlier reported that Keyamo during an interview on Channels TV on Friday accused ASUU of being unrealistic with their demands.
He stated that the government will not be blackmailed by ASUU to borrow money to pay the striking members of ASUU amidst cash shortages, when other sectors of the economy also need attention.
According to Keyamo, ASUU should be begged to shelve their strike so the members can return to work, students can resume studies and the nation’s public universities can be re-opened.
Speaking during an appearance on Channels Television on Monday, Osodeke expressed disappointment at the comments made by the minister on the union’s ongoing strike.
Osodeke said that the union embarked on the strike over the imminent collapse of Nigerian public universities and not over the welfare of lecturers.