This was made know by the Union after reports from meetings of consultation from their zones in various universities in the country arrived today at the union’s headquarters. A post on their official twitter handle reads: ‘After series of consultations across our zones, we have come to a conclusion that: The Academic Staff Union of Universities have asked federal government to release ₦50 billion to demonstrate its commitment to the revitalization of public universities, in line with previous agreements with the union. The ₦50 billion will form the first tranche of the ₦220 billion government agreed for the project this year which will be added to the ₦20 billion earlier released for the year.’
The president of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi , said ‘if the federal government can mainstream the union’s demands especially on earned allowances in the 2019 budget, the union will not need to come back for negotiation in 2020. Government promised to mainstream academic allowance in 2017, starting from the 2018 budget but it was not done. If the government is promising it again, what steps have they taken, can we have evidence? Once beaten, twice shy.’
On the shortfall in salaries: “Government promised to release the shortfall in salaries by January 18th, that’s a day away. Let’s wait and confirm that they’ve released it.”
The union has submitted its suggestions and awaits a meeting with the government next week.
That is what the union have been saying as our minimalist position.