Now that ASUU, FG Meets By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
It is no more news that President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday 4th November, led Federal Government delegations to meet with the members of the Striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on how to resolve their lingering crisis which has led to the shutting down of all public universities nationwide since the 2nd of July.
My opinion in respect of the outcome of the meeting goes as thus:
Federal Government as usual, has promised to release N1. 1trillion for infrastructure development in all public universities nationwide for the next five years starting from 2014. I christened it AS USUAL because that was what ASUU agreed to in 2009. I sincerely hope that ASUU will not go on another strike if after 2015 general elections, FG said the nation is financially broke and therefore, can no longer Implement the agreement? I sincerely hope that FG officials have thoroughly screened the agreement they reached with ASUU because as a person, i will not accept the excuse that WE IGNORANTLY SIGNED THE AGREEMENT again?
Earned and responsibilities allowances:
The media, ASUU and FG have kept mute on this aspect of the agreement since Monday that the Federal Government delegations led by President Jonathan met with ASUU officials. What the media had been heralding is funding. Nigerians must not be put in darkness in respect of the earned and responsibilities allowances.
Furthermore, before the monday’s meeting between FG and ASUU, my take was that ASUU members should consider their students and accept what FG has already offered them since August and go back to classroom while negotiation continues. Consequent upon the Monday meeting, I wish to ask that has ASUU accepted the N40billion offered for their earned and responsibilities allowances? Has FG increased the money to N60 billion as being rumored?
The fact remains that the five months wasted for varsities students by both FG and ASUU can never be regained. As it is today, It’s like ASUU members will be resuming back to classrooms in 10 days time starting from today with the same offer tabled before them since August though with a little increment. I was reliably informed that FG has increased the fund for the payment of ASUU’s allowances to N60 billion. The rest is the usual promise! ….Promise to release money for varsities funding starting from next year but ASUU members to be paid their allowances with immediate effect. Congratulations!
Which way Nigeria?
Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye, Magodo, Lagos.
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