The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has demanded the sum of one trillion naira (1,000,000,000,000) from the Federal Government of Nigeria to suspend its ongoing strike.
ASUU National President Prof Emmanuel Osodeke had announced the one-month strike which commences on Monday, February 14, 2022, would last for an initial period of four (4) weeks, to journalists in Lagos after the National Executive Council meeting tagged ‘NEC for NEC.’
Members of the union’s National Executive Council had held marathon meetings at the University of Lagos titled, ‘NEC for NEC’ after which the Asuu strike was declared.
The issue of inadequate funding of the education sector cuts across all public universities, just like the demand for better salaries and other conditions of service.
However, the issues of revitalisation fund and the controversial Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, IPPIS, are peculiar to only federal universities because it is the federal government that uses IPPIS to pay its workers and revitalisation fund is given by it to its universities.
Both federal and state universities are affected by the proliferation of universities, as some state governments grappling with the challenge of funding just a university, are creating more.
The financial implications of the demands by the union run into billions of naira. For example, going by an agreement signed by the FG with the union, the government is expected to commit N200 billion annually for five (5) years to the revitalisation of the sector.
To meet this segment of the union demand, the Federal Government must cough out N1trillion, however, the best it did recently was the release of N30 billion as a sign of commitment.
In a tweet on Sunday afternoon, February 27, 2022, ASUU insisted that for it to call off the ongoing union strike, FG must pay N1 trillion, a tweet which has since generated massive reactions from Nigerians.
– OFFICIAL_ASUU (@ASUUNGR) FEBRUARY 27, 2022