ASUU has started consultations with all its members to find out whether to suspend or continue its strike action.
Nigeria online news reports that ASUU National President Professor Biodun Ogunyemi confirmed this in an interview with our reporter on Saturday.
Let us remember that ASUU has been on strike since March of this year to insist on their demands.
An ASUU member said that all branches, which are over 70 years old, will participate in the decision to cancel the strike or not.
According to Ogunyemi, “We are consulting with our organs. When we have new information, we will share it.
“We are informing the government on Friday. That’s when the consultation will end ”.
When asked if the union would suspend the strike before Friday’s meeting, Ogunyemi said:
“I do not have the power to suspend the strike.”
The Federal Government accepted on Friday ASUU’s demand to pay the salary arrears of its members from February to June through the old salary payment platform, pending when university professors will complete the development of their own payment platform: the University Solution for Transparency and Accountability (UTAS). ).
After weeks of negotiations and shuffling, the government offered to increase the academic allowances accrued to university staff from N30bn to N35bn and the revitalization fund from N20bn to N25bn, including the additional N10bn it promised to release next year in February. , for a total of N65. billion.
Cumulatively, the government, through the Federation’s Accountant General, offered N65 billion conferences to cancel their eight-month strike.
The government also changed its base on a number of issues, including insisting that all academic staff at federal universities must be paid through the IPPIS platform.
“The government, however, offered to pay N25 billion based on the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of February 7, 2019 signed with ASUU or, alternatively, urged ASUU to accept N30 billion with the reduction of previous accrued allocations . Between the revitalization and the appropriations obtained, the FG has offered a cumulative sum of 65 billion naira.
“The Federation’s General Accountant offered to immediately release N40 billion or in the alternative N35 billion to be shared by all registered unions in the universities after providing the necessary evidence of having won the allocation.
“The FG reiterated that its offer of N40 billion or 35 billion, whichever is accepted by ASUU, was for all university unions: ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions,” said the government in a statement issued at the end of Meeting on Friday.
Progress in negotiations is expected to end the eight-month strike started by university professors.
Ogunyemi said ASUU will need until Friday next week to meet with its organs before returning to government.
Therefore, the meeting was postponed until Friday next week.