ASUU DEMANDS N1 TRILLION FROM FG
It is no longer news that there is a hold in academic activities in Government-owned universities in Nigeria.
Though some public universities are not integrated into ASUU at the moment, most Federal as well as state-owned universities are currently part of the strike.
The fuel behind the strike is same as always: The issue of inadequate funding by the Government.
The problem of inadequate funding cuts through all parts of the sector(federal and state) though some details are peculiar to the federal.
One of such is the issue of revitalisation fund and the controversial Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, IPPIS, which is currently in the heat of the matter.
The financial demands of the union result in the Federal Government being held to debt of billions by ASUU.
For instance, there was an agreement between the two parties that ASUU will be paid N200 billion for five consecutive years.
This agreement was not met by the Federal Government – though unsurprisingly.
In the light of this, ASUU has demanded a jaw-dropping sum of N1 trillion from the Government.
The best that has been done in recent years was the allocation of N30 billion to ASUU, Though not living up to the agreement, a gesture of good faith.
The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, make pleas to ASUU and FG to reach a new agreement as they are kept at a disadvantage due to the strike.
NANS President, Sunday Asefon has hinted at a protest by students if the strike issue is not attended to, though this has done next to nothing to calm the parties.
National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, is of the opinion that how soon the strike would end lies with government.
The ongoing strike again reiterates the reason Nigerians prefer private universities to those Government-owned.
ASUU however is to meet the FG again today and we can look to the thin ray of light that could emerge from there.
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