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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the Federal Government to review the recent increase in fuel pump price.

The Yola Zonal Coordinator of the Union, Augustine Ndaghu made the call during a press conference in Yola on Monday.

He noted that the price increase was announced by the Federal Government at a wrong time when Nigerians were struggling to survive following the outbreak of COVID-19.

He said: “This is not the right time for the government to declare the fuel pump price increase because people are currently struggling to survive the COVID-19 economic meltdown.”

On the industrial action of the union and the lingering negotiations with ASUU, the coordinator accused government of insincerity.

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He maintained that it was government’s inaction to recognise and implement various agreements signed between the two parties that led to the closure of the public universities in the country.

“Federal Government continue to ignore the outstanding issues in the FG/ASUU Memorandum of Action of Feb. 7, 2019.

“Government refused to take action on several letters written by the union, again government abandoned the path of dialogue on IPPIS since 2013,” he said.

He bemoaned the alleged forceful enrolment of ASUU members into IPPIS platform without recourse to the peculiarities of the Nigerian university system.

Ndaghu called on parents and students to understand the current position and action which was meant to salvage the Nigerian university system.

“Our stand is to salvage our universities from the current fate of the Nigerian public primary and secondary schools,” he said.


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