As student lament over their frustrations, speculations owe it that the Federal government of Nigeria has resumed parleys with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), today Monday 21st January, on how to settle the concerns that have fumed in a two-month-old strike and running by lecturers.
According to the National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who spoke with Punch in Abuja on Friday however, noted the union was not optimistic about any prospects of an early resolution of the industrial action.
Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, however, reacted to a question on whether there had been any new development concerning the resolution our dispute, Ogunyemi stated:
“I’ am afraid nothing new. I understand they will be meeting us on Monday. Let’s wait and see if they take a reasonable step; it will determine our next line of action. Until then, let’s wait and see.”
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He, however, added that:
“Last year, they promised to release the funds, but they did not until November when the strike began. Our members are saying they do not want promises again; what they want is action, implementation or disbursement of funds.”
“The government must act in a way to convince the union that the agreement has not been set aside. To show that the government has not set aside the agreement, they should release one tranche.”
Ogunyemi also said;
“We are having discussions on how to commence renegotiation because there are still grey areas. If the government can substantially address these issues, we will be more confident to face our members on the way forward. For now, the signals we are getting is that our members do not actually want to accept this government proposal from us.”