Why We Can’t Call Off Strike Despite FG’s N34bn Arrears Payment – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities says the ongoing strike action will not be called off despite the federal government payment of N34 billion arrears to lecturers.

Why We Can't Call Off Strike Despite FG's N34bn Arrears Payment - ASUU
Why We Can’t Call Off Strike Despite FG’s N34bn Arrears Payment – ASUU

The Federal Government has begun to pay about N34bn minimum wage consequential adjustments to education sector workers with effect from 2019.

ASUU National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, however, noted that the funds released by the government were not part of their demands.

He said there was no need to call off the strike when the federal government had not attended to their demands.

Speaking on the fate of university students amid the ongoing strike, Osodoke said the students were suffering for Nigeria’s future and education system.

Osodeke told NAN that the students were not being punished but paying the price to ensure that Nigeria had a good education system.

“ASUU sympathises with them, and we believe that with what is going on if we continue with the struggle, we will have an education system where Nigerian students will have the same lecture rooms as their foreign counterparts,” Osodeke said.

ASUU has been on strike since Feb. 14 over improved welfare packages, better working conditions, and the implementation of various agreements signed with the Federal Government between 2009 and 2020.

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