The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed the federal government’s “miserly offer.”
According to Six9ja, in a statement published by ASUU on Thursday, August 18, following the resumed meeting between the federal government and ASUU regarding the union’s ongoing strike action, the Union president stated that it rejected the federal government’s “award” of wage.
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It has now been disclosed that the offer given by the FG was to boost professors’ wages by N60,000, while other lecturers’ salaries would be enhanced between N30,000 and N60,000.
In an interview with Punch, the zonal coordinator for the Port Harcourt zone, Stanley Ogoun, made this assertion.
Ogoun also stated that the government pledged to provide the N170 billion revitalization fund, which would be included in the 2023 budget.
Ogoun said: “Nigerians should be aware of offers the so-called minister came up with. These are: (a) 170 billion naira for revitalisation in the 2023 budget; (b) a promise to increase by N60,000 the salary of a professor at the bar in next year’s budget; (c) no statement on the amendment of the National University Commission Act gathering dust at the National Assembly (d) payment of two tranches of outstanding Earned Academic Allowance in next year’s budget; (d) a promise to adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution; and (e) another promise to release the white papers.”
Ogoun continued: “Imagine the level of deceitfulness by the minister! A promise to fulfill demands in an election year? We did not embark on strike for over six months geared towards improving our public universities only to come back with mere promissory notes from a government that is notorious for reneging on agreements. I’m sure Nigerians would not forgive us.
“On the issue of withheld salaries, and the claim that we do not deserve the salaries. We challenge the government to prove if the unproductive staff of our moribund refineries and other agencies of similar nature are not being paid. They should also justify why unproductive politicians that are responsible for the current comatose state of Nigeria are receiving humongous salaries and allowances. For the avoidance of doubt, teaching is only one of the assignments we undertake as lecturers. It only earns a candidate, going for promotion, a maximum of one point per year. Research and community service are the core requirements for promotion.
“The current move by the Federal Government to jettison the principle of collective bargaining and reduce our Union’s objective and patriotic struggle to revamp and reposition public universities in Nigeria to the mere award of miserly salaries, ranging from N30,000 to N60,000 is unacceptable to us.”
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