The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said only the commitment of the Federal government to the payment of N50 billion out of the N200 billion naira earned allowances could bring the ongoing two month old strike of lecturers to an end.
The Union added that until the government provides a concrete evidence of the revitalization fund, the scheduled meeting today would not yield fruitful result.
The Union President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi who spoke in Ibadan at the weekend said the lecturers rejected the proposed 20bilion while he advised the federal government to incorporate its demand into the 2019 budget before it is passed by the National assembly.
Ogunyemi said: “We want them to pay immediately N50billion as a sign of commitment this quarter and for the next three-quarters government can pay N50billion in each quarter.
“So our members have rejected the 20billion proposed by them that will be spread over two quarters in 2019. Our members have insisted on the release of at least N50billion.
“In relation to earned academic allowances which they have an outstanding N105billion our members are saying that even if you (Government) are releasing N20billion let it be stated clearly that it is only for ASUU members and the balance which you promised to pay in four installments, attach timelines to the balance and figures.
“In 2017, this government promised to mainstream the earned academic allowances into the budget so that we won’t be coming to talk about arrears.
“If government had put that into the 2018 budget, we would not be talking about arrears now. Our members are saying government should take steps to mainstream it into the 2019 budget and that is not late because they (National assembly and executive) are still working on the budget.”
He blamed the political elites for the poor state of education in the country.
: “Those peddling the falsehood are the same ruling class. They have forgotten that we lecturers also have our children in public universities.
They want to weaken the public university education so that children of the poor will continue to suffer. We will not allow them to mess up the university education.”
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