The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may likely embark on strike in the next 24 hours over the Federal Government’s failure to meet it’s demand.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, berated the government for failing to meet its demands before the expiration of its ultimatum on Sunday. He disclosed that their decision will be made known in the next 24 hours.
The ASUU chairman stated that the principal officers of the union met on Sunday and decided to meet with various branches across the federation.
Onosodoke stated that the union will make its position known whether to embark on strike after meeting with state union leaders within the next 24 to 48 hours.
He revealed that the consultation with various branches across the federation is part of the union’s laid-down rules.
Recall that ASUU had threatened to embark on strike at the end of the three-week ultimatum given to the Federal Government.
According to the union, it has not heard from President Muhammadu Buhari-led government since they both met last month.
ASUU said the federal government had promised to pay the N30billion revitalisation fund to universities while also agreeing to release N22.1billion earned allowances to university workers.
Some of the union’s demands include funding for the revitalisation of public universities and earned academic allowances.
Other outstanding issues are University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) promotion arrears, renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, and the inconsistencies in IPPIS payment, which up till now had not been addressed.