The Federal Government has not called the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Abuja chapter, for a meeting, according to the union, thus the strike will continue.
At the conclusion of the ASUU branch’s Congress, which was held on Tuesday, August 23, at the University’s Mini Campus in Gwagwalada, Dr. Kassim Umaru, the branch’s chairman, revealed this in an interview with reporters.
Umaru said that the Congress had discussed the strike-related problems and had forcefully declared and rejected the offer made by the Federal Government. He also stated that the National Executive Council (NEC) would convene at the conclusion of the four-week deadline to make a decision.
According to us, the federal government hasn’t acted on any of our different demands, he said.
“The federal government needs to explain their actions to the people of Nigeria. The Jubrin committee and the two committees that were established—the Nimi Briggs committee and the Jubrin committee—made recommendations.”
He went on: “We usually bargain about our pay. You don’t think you can afford to pay us for it. You must agree to sit down and discuss it with us before you can pay us.
“We view our work as being distinct from that of other government officials; it is the work you will be performing when you return. Not for an hour are you paying. They must pay us since you are paying for the work we have completed; otherwise, their claim would be viewed as a joke taken too far.
“As it stands, they have not contacted our union, and Nigerians should be aware that neither have we received a call or an invitation to do so; all we know is that the strike is still in progress.”
The Federal Government’s unwillingness to carry out earlier agreements both sides had entered into sparked the ASUU strike, which started on February 14, 2022.
University Transparency Accountability Solution, earned academic allowances, promotion backlogs, and other issues are among the grievances raised by the lecturers.