By Muhammadu Sabiu
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said although the federal government refused to honour the two parties’ 2009 agreement, it would have to review the next possible action to take.
The union made the disclosure in a statement titled “ENOUGH OF THE BLACKMAIL” after it held an emergency meeting at its Festus Iyayi National Secretariat University of Abuja, on Saturday, 18 December, 2021.
Recall that ASUU had vowed to embark upon industrial action to strongly protest and air its grievances due to government’s failure to honour the many agreements they made years ago.
The Nigerian academics’ body acknowledged “that government has failed to satisfactorily address all the issues raised in the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and subsequent MoUs and Mos”, adding that it has “resolved to review the situation at a later date with a view to deciding on the next line of action.”
It also lamented how some agents of the government were mischievously reducing the demands of the union.
“NEC was worried by the spirited efforts of government agents to reduce the demands of ASUU to a regime of intermittent payment of watered-down revitalisation fund and release of distorted and grossly devalued Earned Academic Allowances (EAA),” the body says in the statement.