The rift between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has deepened even as the FG accused the organization of fighting for its own selfish
interests and not for the benefit of Nigerian students.
The government has accused the university body of not being honest and sincere about the real motive behind the almost 3-
month old strike which has crippled academic activities in the
country’s universities.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and
Students Matters, Jude Imagwe, reportedly stated that the claim
by the union that its action was to restore infrastructural decay in
universities was nothing but a lie, noting that ASUU was fighting
for allowances.
Comrade Imagwe was speaking in Abuja when he received some
youth groups, who were on a visit to his office.
His words: “They initially told us that it was about infrastructure,
but it is about allowances. N30b has been released for the
payment of their accumulated allowances, and N100b earmarked
for infrastructural development. It is important for the public to
know that government did not say this is all that it will give, but
government says go and start the payment with this amount and
let us know the amount it will add.”
Meanwhile, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities
(SSANU) will tomorrow join ASUU on strike as the union said it
has mobilized its members across the country to embark on
industrial action over alleged stoppage of their salaries for two
months.
SSANU, in a letter, dated 27 September, 2013, and addressed to its
branch chairmen in all the universities in the country, directed its
members to stay away from work from tomorrow until the
salaries are fully paid.
The President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Ugwoke, said the
strike will be total, while the General Secretary, who signed the
letter directing members to stay at home from tomorrow,
Comrade Promise Adewusi, said no member should go back to
work until a counter directive was given.
Adewusi stated that the union took the decision following its letters
to the vice-chancellors in universities, the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim,
Ministers of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu and
Education, Nyesom Wike, as well as the Executive Secretary,
National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie.
In the meantime, the suspended strike by the Academic Staff
Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is to resume on Friday.
The union alleged insincerity and failure of the Federal Government
to honour agreement entered with the union.
The union also passed a vote of no confidence on the National
Board for Technical Education (NBTE), alleging that the board has
failed to meet the needs and demands of polytechnic education in
the country.

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