CHAIRMAN, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Jibrin Barau yesterday said the ad hoc sub-committee set up by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to intervene in the proposed nationwide Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, strike is expected to meet with
the ASUU and federal government delegation tomorrow. Senator Barau said the meeting would thrash out the only outstanding issue yet to be agreed upon by the university lecturers and government representatives. The lawmaker, who is the head of the Senate Intervention Sub-committee mediating between ASUU and the federal government, noted that Senate had made tremendous progress in its intervention to prevent the proposed strike having reached agreement on five out of the six key issues raised by ASUU. Speaking to reporters at the National Assembly on the outcome of the subcommittee’s meeting with the ASUU and federal government’s delegations on Monday, Barau said: “We had about six issues and all of them were very well discussed. We deliberated and agreed on all of them except one, and that one has to do with the earned allowances. “Now they (ASUU) are asking for about N62billion. Initially, N30billion was given to the universities in 2013 and the agreement was signed between the federal government and the ASUU clearly specifies that upon the receipt of any payment, before any new payment is made, the last payment has to be accounted for.” However, as the one week nationwide warning strike ended yesterday, teachers are threatening to go on an indefinite strike if their demands were not met. Dr Ifeanyi Abada, the chairman of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, chapter of the ASUU, made this known on Tuesday in Nsukka, Enugu State. “ASUU was left with no option than to proceed on the one-week warning strike; failure to meet our demands, we will go on an indefinite strike,” Abada told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN. He said that the chapter complied fully with the warning strike directive. “The National Executive Committee, NEC, made efforts to resolve this issue with the government but government remained unyielding. “The strike compliance in UNN is total, no lectures, no examinations, no departmental and faculty meetings, as members will not participate. UNN chapter will not renege on the directive of the national body until government addresses all the issues raised. “Our monitoring team is moving round; any lecturer found teaching will be sanctioned accordingly,’’ he said. According to Abada, among the demands of ASUU is that universities be exempted from the Treasury Single Account, TSA, policy. He noted that ASUU was also demanding Federal Government implementation of an agreement it entered into with ASUU in 2009. Miss Amarachi Okafor, a student of the UNN’s Department of Psychology, urged the government to meet ASUU’s demands to avoid an indefinite strike. “I urge ASUU to consider the plight of students, who will be spending extra years as well as their parents who have been sponsoring them,” she added. Another student, Mr Emma Ochi of the Department of Mass Communication, pleaded with ASUU to consider the interest of students and avoid an indefinite strike. “I want federal government and ASUU to resolve their misunderstanding amicably in the interest of students and tertiary education in this country,’’ he said. Meanwhile, academic activities are still paralysed in the university as a result of the warning strike


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  • vic

    ASUU KEEP FOCUSED.

    ASUU, YOU ARE SURROUNDED BY TRICKSTERS, DECEIVERS AND TREASURY LOOTER POLITICIANS WHO CANNOT BE TRUSTED AND WHO ARE ACCUSTOMED TO THROWING AGREEMENTS IN LONG GRASS.

    ASUU, DO NOT GIVE IN UNDER PRESSURE.