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University Unions War Over FG’s N40bn, ASUU Might Strike Again In February

Nigerian University lecturers may strike again in February if agreements reached by the union and the federal government is not implemented.

This was revealed on Wednesday by the president of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview in Lagos.

The union’s president said this while shedding more light on the decision of the union to suspend its nine-month strike.

While Nigerian students are hoping to resume after the nine months old strike of the union, the non-academic unions in universities threatened to go on strike over N40bn earned allowances government promised to release to all unions.

The non-academic unions described the sharing formula for the money as unfair.

Reacting to the sharing formula of the N40bn, the President of NAAT, Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma said anyone thinking that the non-teaching staff unions in the universities would resume with the recent development was day-dreaming except the government corrected the imbalance.

He said the union was making frantic efforts to reach Directors and Permanent Secretary, Ministries of Education and Labour and Employment to draw their attention to the fresh brewing crisis.

He said:

“FG not ready for peace”

Also speaking, the President of SSANU, Comrade Mohammed Haruna Ibrahim said it appears the government does not want peace in the university systems, insisting that his union would not take the lopsided sharing formula.

He stated:

“Honestly, I believe that this remains a rumour even though I know it could be true, I have seen 75 percent and 25 percent. But truly if it is that, we have stated in no uncertain terms that we will not take this kind of lopsided allocations again, because what is the scientific measurement used to give this money?

“We have stated before now that the least we can take is 50-50, they are not more in numbers. And even if they want to do something like that, maybe this is my own personal opinion, I may not insist on 50-50 but at least something reasonable. We have so many numbers.

“If they give for example 60-40, do you think the noise will be there? Government does not want peace if it is giving 75 percent to only one union and giving 25 percent to three unions, does it make sense?”


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