…As FG fails its promises
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria chapter has raised alarm over failure of Federal Government to redeem its pledges on the ongoing struggle to implement the 2020 ASUU/ FGN Memorandum of Understanding aimed at improving the nation’s public university system.
The ASUU chapter chairman, Prof. Rabiu Nasiru who stated this while addressing members of the press at the union’s Secretariat in Zaria, said government must do the needful to address the contending issues as agreed in the interest of the people of the country.
Prof. Nasiru said: “looming strike is inevitable as long as government failed to implement the impending agreement reached with the union.”
He explained that issues contained in the Memorandum of Action dated February 7, 2019 include, addressing matters of revitalization funds for public universities satisfactorily, arrears of earned academic allowances, constitution of visitation panels to universities, proliferation of state universities and issues of governance in them and the conclusion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement.
He however enumerated areas of concern to the union, “imposition of IPPIS and its implications to Nigerian university system, development of university transparency and accountability solution, UTAS and government’s lip service to Education and Renegotiation of 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement.”
He said: “The union has listened to wellmeaning Nigerians in suspending its last strike action to enable the FGN to address issues in contentions with ASUU in order to save Nigerian university system.
“However, government has continued to make promises laden with deceit in resolving many of the issues related to lingering impasse between FGN and ASUU.”