FG not committed to implementing agreement, says ASUU

• Six Oyo govt tertiary institutions to
resume suspended strike
Dayo Ojerinde , Ademola Babalola and
David Olorunsogo
The President of the Academic Staff
Union of Universities , Prof . Biodun
Ogunyemi, has said that the Federal
Government was not committed to
implementing the outstanding issues
in the FG – ASUU 2009 agreement .
Ogunyemi on Sunday, while
addressing a press conference at the
University of Lagos, said the on – going
strike would continue until the Federal
Government was ready to meet the
demands of the union.
“ Since the commencement of our
industrial action on November 4 , 2018 ,
we have had six meetings with the
agents of the Federal Government,
with no clear commitment from
government to meeting our demands.
Government has adopted the ‘keep –
them – talking’ strategy while deceiving
the public that progress was being
made and that partial agreement had
been reached between the government
and the union.
“ Through its press interactions ,
government had falsely raised the
hopes of the Nigerian public on the
state of discussion with our union . Our
expectation from a very responsive
and sincere government is that, by
now , all outstanding issues would have
been resolved to the satisfaction of
both parties . Unfortunately ,
government has yet to show sincerity
to addressing the problem ,” Ogunyemi
said .
The ASUU President said the
outstanding issues in the 2009 FGN –
ASUU agreement , 2013 MoU and 2017
MoA which led to the on – going strike
are, commitment to implementing the
2013 MoU with respect to the balance
of N 1 .1 tn revitalisation fund for
public universities; release of the
report of forensic audit on the Earned
Academic Allowances , payment of
outstanding arrears, and
mainstreaming the allowances into the
2018 budget ; payment of arrears of
shortfalls in the salaries of university
academics; renegotiation of 2009 FGN –
ASUU agreement and removal of the
fixated Chairman of the negotiating
team, Dr Wale Babalakin , among
others.

Meanwhile, the Joint Action
Committee of all trade unions in the
six Oyo State – owned tertiary
institutions has threatened to resume
its suspended industrial action should
the government refuse to release funds
for the payment of its unpaid arrears
and subventions .
The concerned trade unions from the
six tertiary institutions are the
Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics;
the Colleges of Education Academic
Staff Union, the Non – Academic Staff
Union, the Senior Staff Association of
Nigerian Polytechnics and the Senior
Staff Union of Colleges of Education,
Nigeria.
In a communique issued after a
meeting at the Ibarapa Polytechnic,
Eruwa , and signed by the JAC
Chairman , Afees Adeniyi, it was
resolved that “ JAC is unhappy at the
non- provision of funds for the
payments of the outstanding arrears
alongside the recently paid November
salaries and subventions after
government had failed to do so with
the September and October salaries
and subventions that were paid.
“ Against the backdrop of the above,
the meeting considered very seriously
the reawakening of her suspended
industrial action since government has
refused to provide funds for the
payments of the arrears alongside
September, October and November
subventions that have been released .
“ The meeting, therefore, demands that
government should release funds for
the payments of the accumulated
arrears of between three and 18
months before the year runs out.
Otherwise , JAC will not hesitate to
direct her members to resume not only
the suspended industrial action in the
six institutions but also call them out
for mass protests .”

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