We Have No Resources To Meet ASUU Demands At Once – FG

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We Have No Resources To Meet ASUU Demands At Once – FG
We Have No Resources To Meet ASUU Demands At Once – FG

On Monday, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, stated that resources were insufficient to satisfy all of the Academic Staff Union of Universities‘ requests at once.

This came as the minister questioned the union’s assertions that the federal government was blackmailing it.

ASUU has set the Federal Government a three-week deadline on November 15, 2021, to honour the deal it reached with the union, which resulted in the suspension of the university lecturers’ strike in December 2020.

Among the demands are the payment of earned allowances, the payment of revitalisation funds to universities, the establishment of visitation panels, and the implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution rather than the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System for the payment of workers in ivory towers.

On Monday, the minister informed one of our journalists that the Federal Government lacked the means to satisfy all of the union’s demands at once.

He said, “We cannot possibly be blackmailing them; we tried to explain to them that we will fulfil the agreements when we have the resources. Agreements have been signed and they are meant to be fulfilled.

“But we do not have all the resources to meet all the demands at once. The thing is that we all are working together – ASUU and the Federal Government. The goal is to produce graduates, who will serve Nigeria, and to make sure that the academic calendar is running smoothly.

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“So, the government will always pay its dues; you do not have to go on strike to drive home your points. They need to know that it is not the government versus ASUU. It is about doing what is right. Let us use the resources as they come. There are lots of sectors that need attention.

“All we are saying is that once there are resources, we will meet your needs; all you have to do is to keep the academic calendar running. So, please, where is the blackmail?”

Despite the fact that the government had failed to fully address all of the problems identified in the 2009 agreement and subsequent Memorandums of Understanding and Memorandums of Action between it and the Federal Government, ASUU declared it would not go on strike just yet.

This was the conclusion of the ASUU National Executive Council meeting in Abuja to assess the execution of the December 23, 2020 Memorandum of Action.

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