• Denies receiving N100b from the government
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Department of University of Abuja, has challenged the federal government to list all the things that have been done to end the ongoing strike started by the union, stating that the strike will be continued.
The president of the Union department, Dr. Kassim Umaru, stated this in an interview with journalists at the end of the congress, which was held on Tuesday at the mini-campus of the university in Gwagwalada.
He said Congress has deliberated on issues surrounding the strike and has strongly spoken out and rejected the federal government’s offer, saying that the National Executive Council will meet at the end of the four-week ultimatum to make a decision. to take.
He said: “As far as we’re concerned, the federal government has done nothing about our various demands.
“The federal government should tell the Nigerian public what they have done. The two committees that have been established, the Nimi Briggs committee, the Jubrin committee and these committees have received their recommendations.”
Speaking about the ‘no work, no pay’ policy as stated by Education Minister Adamu Adamu, Umaru said the ILO and the Trade Union Act of 1981 were very clear about that.
“Our salaries are always negotiated, it’s not something you think you can afford to pay us, it’s something you have to sit down and talk and agree that you can pay us.
“As far as we’re concerned, our job is different from that of other civil servants; it’s the work you’re going to do you don’t pay for an hour you pay for the work we’ve done so it’s their responsibility to pay us and if they say they won’t pay us it’s a joke too far implemented.
“As it is, they have not called our union and Nigerians should know that we have not been called, no invitation to our union and all we know is that the strike continues.”
Responding to reports that the federal government had approved an additional N100 billion for university unions as part of the 2009 agreement, Umaru said all this was being said in social media and newspapers.
He added: “Is there a document for our union? We should start asking them these questions. The students will have to be patient, it is a battle that we have to fight once and for all and it is a battle for the future of unborn children.
“We have no choice but to do what we do and we have to do it so that we can compete with the outside world.
“In all of today’s world, no one makes fun of education. When you talk about economics, you talk about cultural and social aspects, you have to invest in education. No country makes fun of education like the Nigerians do,” the ASUU chairman said.
He noted that the Union has a structure in how it makes decisions and that the necessary action will be taken by the end of the ultimatum on Sunday.