When the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) rejected Berekete Family radio’s intervention to terminate the continuing strike, there was some light drama.
Since February, ASUU has been on strike, and all efforts to return professors to the classroom have failed.
On Saturday morning, Ahmad Isah, also known as Ordinary President, called the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, and his team to explain to Nigerians why the union is still on strike.
Isah further stated that he had opened a special intervention bank account at TAJ Bank to collect donations for the union in an effort to terminate the strike.
Isah displayed publicly the N50 million in cash supplied by Akwa Ibom State Governor Udom Emmanuel in an apparent effort to urge ASUU to support the intervention.
As soon as the money was shown, the president of ASUU scowled and stated that they should not be involved with such actions.
At that time, Isah threatened to end the intervention, and many Nigerians who called the show criticised ASUU as “insensitive.”
The demands of the striking lecturers include money for the revitalization of public universities, Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), and promotion arrears.
The revision of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the irregularity of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System are two further issues.
Osedeke told NAN in an interview last month that none of these demands had been met by the federal government.
“All the reasons that prompted us to go on strike remain; this includes the revitalisation fund, which is putting more money into institutions and revitalising their infrastructure. There is also the matter of our university payment methods. There is no university in the world where the Accountant General’s Office pays professors’ wages.
“We have pushed them to provide an explanation for why, if universities are a universal institution, they conduct themselves differently. “There are numerous concerns that they have not yet handled, such as the negotiation of the agreement and the growth of colleges,” he stated.
The president of ASUU also stated that the government had rejected UTAS, which he claimed had been examined and passed with a score of 99.3%.
Osedeke encouraged the Federal Government to take the necessary steps for the return of students to school.