Federal Government claims not to have enough funds to meet up with the demands of lecturers. After a very short but heated closed meeting with the Academic Staff Union Of Universities has decided to extend its on going strike.
Early reports on Monday morning gathered that the all-important meeting was taking place at the University of Abuja campus, where ASUU headquarters is domiciled.
Although some State universities are already pulling out of the strike, today’s meeting was to consider the possibility of bringing the strike to an end, or elongate it.
However, news broke barely 2 hours into the commencement of the meeting that the strike was going to continue.
Recall that the Federal Government had last week insisted on a no-work-no pay policy against the striking academics, a development that angered the executive of the union led by Prof. Emmanuel Osokode.
ASUU has been on strike since February this year over improved welfare, revitalisation of public universities, among other reasons.
One bone of contention for the academics is the non-payment of university revitalisation funds, amounting to about N1.1 trillion, as all efforts by the government to make the union end the strike have been successful.
The government says it does not have enough funds to settle the lecturers.
Dachung Musa Bagos, a member of the House of Representatives, has urged the Federal Government to use part of the recently returned $23,439,724million Abacha loot to settle the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Host of Brekete Family Programme, a reality radio and television talk show, Ahmed Isah, also known as Ordinary President, had has embarked on a campaign to raise N18 billion for the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The ASUU president, Osokede, apparently displeased with the move, immediately frowned at the development and stated that the union shouldn’t be associated with such.