The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked the Federal Government to show commitment towards fulfilling the agreement it had with the union by releasing 50 Billion Naira to the union. This the union said is a condition for calling off the ongoing strike that commenced November last year.
According to the union, the 50 Billion will form the first tranche of the N220 billion government agreed for the project this year and add to the N20 billion earlier released for the year.
Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday night, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, said that the union is not asking the government to release the whole N220 billion at once but can spread the N220 billion for revitalisation of universities across four quarters.
“In which case, the N50 billion they will release now, if you add to what they released, N20 billion for last year, we would have 150 billion left for the rest of the year and that has been spread over the next three quarters.
“That’s what we’ve been saying as our minimalist position,” he said.
On the issue of shortfall in salaries, the ASUU president revealed that the Government promised to release the shortfall in salaries by January 18th. He said the union will wait to confirm if the Government has released it.
He further disclosed that the union has submitted its suggestions and may have a meeting with the Government next week.