Biodun-Ogunyemi

Only speedy and positive response from the Federal Government regarding a letter the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) submitted to it would end the on – going dispute.
ASUU said the particular letter was dated August 28, 2017 and bore the position of members on what the FG is offering in respect of the issues in dispute.
According to the union, the letter followed earlier meeting with the officials of the Ministry of Education and that of the Labour and Employment where it was agreed that ASUU should consult with members and “revert back to the Federal Government.”
This position of the union was disclosed in a release by the National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, on update about the nationwide strike.
Ogunyemi identified “registration of Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO), fractionalization of salaries in Federal universities and underfunding/non – funding of State universities” as issues requiring resolution between the ASUU and the Federal Government.
Others are arrears and implementation of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), release of fund for revitalization of the nation’s public universities as spelt out in the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding, guidelines for retirement benefits of professors in line with the 2009 FGN – ASUU agreement, Treasury Single Account(TSA) and withdrawal of support for Universities’ staff primary schools.
The ASUU National President, lauded Nigerians particularly, students, parents and the media for their understanding “on the need to speedily address the issues in the best interest of the university system and overall development of the nation.”
ASUU proceeded on a comprehensive and total strike action on August 13 following what the lecturers alleged as FG non–implementation of the agreement with the academic body.

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