ASUU Demands FG to Release N50bn to prove their CommitmentJanuary 18, 2019
ASUU Demands FG to Release N50bn to prove their Commitment
ASUU Demands FG to Release…ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities), has required the Federal Government to release N50 billion to show its commitment to the rejuvenation of public universities, in accordance with last agreements with their union.
The hanging lecturers gave this as a condition for calling off its strike, that began November 4 last year. The N50 billion, the union aforementioned, can form the primary portion of the N220 billion government agreed for the project this year and add to the N20 billion earlier discharged for the year.
The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who disclosed this in an interview with Premium Times on Wednesday night, aforesaid the union wasn’t asking the government to unleash the full N220 billion right away.
ASUU referred to as this strike to press for improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government. The union is additionally exacting implementation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreements, a note of Understanding (MoU; 2012 and 2013) and memo of Action (MoA, 2017) and therefore the cutting off of the renegotiation of the union’s agreements.
The union demanded the government to unleash funds for the betterment of public universities, prior to the FGN-ASUU MoU of 2012, 2013 and also the Memorandum of Agreement of 2017.
The teachers are also exasperated over the incompetence of the government to release operational license to the Nigerian University Employees Pension Company, NUPEMCO. However, a significant issue delaying the negotiations is that the betterment of the universities. At the moment, the government is, however, on the track to release the N1.1 trillion it in agreement to release as an installment of the funds for the improvement project.
The 2013 MoU stipulated that public universities want N1.3 trillion for a modest resurgence. The fund was to be discharged in tranches of N200billion in 2013, N220billion 2014, N220billion 2015, 220billion in 2016, N220billion in 2017 and N220billion in 2018.
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