ASUU Strike Update: FG Finally Agrees to Meet ASUU’s Demands after Over 100 Days
Government has also increased to N40billion as a first
installment, funds for payment of earned allowances
to the striking lecturers, an improvement from the
N30 billion previously released.
This information is contained in an internal
statement at the Federal University of Otuoke by
Professor Bolaji Aluko, its Vice-Chancellor.
On the earned allowances, Prof. Aluko said
"Government will top it up with further releases once
universities are through with the disbursement of
this new figure of N40 million, so Vice-Chancellors
are urged to expedite this disbursement within the
shortest possible time using guiding templates that
have been sent by the CVC."
Professor Aluko said the development followed
meetings on September 19 and Oct 11 of
representatives of the Association of Vice-Chancellors
of Nigerian Universities, led by Prof. Hamisu of
ATBU and ASUU reps led by its President, Dr. N.
Fagge with the Vice-President of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria, Arc. Namadi. Sambo, Minister
of State for Education, Nyesom Wike and others.
In the interest of peace, Vice-President Sambo
appealed to ASUU to call off the strike and apologized
over the "take-it-or-leave-it" comments made by the
Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Other points of agreement at the meetings include
Project Prioritization: Universities will now be
allowed to determine their priorities and not be "rail-
roaded" into implementing a pre-determined set of
projects with respect to the NEEDS assessment.
Decisions are not to be centralized.
TETFund Intervention: Government assured that the
operations of the TETFund will not be impaired, and
that the regular TETFund intervention disbursement
to Universities will continue, unaffected. So the
NEEDS assessment capital outlays are in addition to
regular TETFund intervention.
Project Monitoring: A new Implementation
Monitoring Committee (IMC) for the NEEDS
Assessment intervention for universities has been set
up to take over from the Suswan Committee. The new
one is under the Federal Ministry of Education and
chaired by the Honorable Minister of Education.
In addition, to build confidence and ensure faithful
implementation and prevent any relapse as before,
the Vice President will meet quarterly with the IMC
to monitor progress.
Blueprint: ASUU was mandated to submit a blue
print for revitalizing the Universities to the Vice
President. ASUU leadership will now meet to decide
if the government should be trusted again, this time.