ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Wednesday said it was prepared to resume negotiations with a Federal Government team to resolve its ongoing strike.

Lecturers commenced the strike on 5 November, to press home their demands for improvement in the funding of public universities in Nigeria.

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The union said that the federal government had failed to implement the 2009 agreement it entered into with lecturers and hence the strike.

Asuu President Professor Biodun Ogunyemi told journalists on Wednesday that meeting with government delegation had been scheduled for Thursday.

He said the Minister of Educaion, Malam Adamu Adamu, called for the meeting.

According to him, the N200bn released by the federal government in September 2018 was not an issue, but that the N200bn ought to have been released in October 2017 as part of the 2013 agreement.

“It would be recalled that the Federal Government had agreed to inject N1.3trn to fund universities at N220bn yearly for five years,” Ogunyemi said.

“If government fails to fund public universities the situation on campuses may degenerate, worse than the already poor quality teaching and learning environment.’’

But the Asuu chief insisted that the ‘No work no pay’ threats by the government would not affect the lecturers as the industrial action was legal in Nigerian labour law and international conventions, which Nigeria is signatory.

Some of the union’s demands include: payment of earned allowance; funding of revitalisation of the Nigerian universities, implementation of needs assessment report, and poor funding of state universities.