Another Strike Looms as ASUU Accusses FG of Violating New Agreement
The relative peace enjoyed in the Universities after almost a six months strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be truncated soon as the union has accused the Nigerian Government of breaching a section of an agreement it signed last year to end the strike.
Speaking at a luncheon held in honour of the media for their roles in the last strike in Ibadan yesterday, ASUU National Treasurer, Ademola Aremu, disclosed that government was yet to release the N220 billion for 2014-2018 programmes.
He warned that the gates of the universities might again be shut should government refuse to implement the MoU reached at the tail-end of the last strike.
He noted that the money was to be released on quarterly basis and deposited at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Aremu explained that the money was for the rehabilitation of the country’s university system but expressed fears that the MoU reached with the government before the last strike was called off might end up not being implemented as agreed.
“We do not want another strike as time wasted is life wasted,” he said.
He wondered why government allowed the last strike to last for five months when it knew that ASUU was making a patriotic demand.
While commending the media, Aremu said that the emancipation of Nigeria depends on the media and urged them not to rest in their oars.
He said the struggle for the implementation of the 2009 agreement had been partially won and called on the media to beam their searchlights on the universities on how the money would be spent.
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