ASUU Commences Consultation with Members

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Strike: ASUU Commences Consultation with Members
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has started consultations with all of its members to confirm the status of the industrial action.

According to The Nation, the National President of the union, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi confirmed this in an interview.

Ogunyemi said: “We are consulting with our organs. When we have new information we will share it.

“We are reporting back to the government on Friday. That is when the consultation will end.”

Asked if the union would call off the strike before Friday’s meeting, Ogunyemi said:

“I don’t have the power to suspend the strike.”

The Federal Government on Friday agreed to ASUU’s demand to pay their members’ salary arrears from February to June through the old salary payment platform, pending when the university lecturers will complete the development of its own payment platform- the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

After weeks of negotiations and foot-dragging, the government offered to raise the Earned Academic Allowances to university staff from N30bn to N35bn and the revitalisation fund from N20bn to N25bn, including the additional N10 billion it promised to release next year on February, totaling N65 billion.

Cumulatively, the government, through the Accountant – General of the Federation, offered the lectures N65 billion to call off their eight-month-old strike.

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