President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to further consult with relevant stakeholders to end the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) after meeting some selected Pro-Chancellors of Federal Universities.
Recall, that it was earlier reported that the president had summoned some Pro-Chancellors for an emergency meeting at the state house in Abuja on Friday, September 16, 2022.
According to reports, after the meeting, the president said that without necessarily going back on what was already established policy, “I will make further consultations, and I’ll get back to you.”
Professor Nimi Briggs led the Pro-Chancellors to meet with the Buhari regime.
Briggs said that despite the protracted industrial action, “the future of the university system in the country is good,” citing as example the recent listing of the University of Ibadan among the first 1,000 universities in the world, first in the history of the school.
He commended the Buhari regime for concessions already made to the lecturers, including the offer to raise salaries by 23.5 percent across board, and 35 percent for Professors.
He, however, asked for “further inching up of the salary, in view of the economic situation of the country,” and the reconsideration of the ‘No-Work, No-Pay’ stance of the government.
They Pro-Chancellors promised that lecturers would make up for time lost as soon as an amicable situation was reached, and schools reopened.
Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah, said “ASUU has remained adamant,” despite all the concessions made by the Buhari regime to end the strike.
Recall, that the ongoing ASUU strike which started February 14, 2022, has grounded academic activities in public varsities in the country for half of the year.
The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).