The Academic Staff Union of Universities has urged its branches across the country to raise awareness about the situation between the union and the federal government. This is as he said on Monday, February 7, 2022, as a no-conference day to enhance awareness.
The National President of the Union, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, revealed it in an interview with our correspondent on Saturday night.
Sunday PUNCH reports that the guidance to the ASUU chapters arrives less than a week after the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) agreed by his administration to respect the agreement with the union.
Buhari made the promise when members of the Interfaith Council of Nigeria visited him to discuss the ongoing issues.
While making this commitment, Buhari urged the union to be patient and mindful of current economic realities.
They held the last ASUU national strike in March 2020 and lasted until December 2020, when an Action Protocol was signed. However, a year after the signing of the MoA, ASUU accused the government of not fulfilling its market share and threatened to rally for another strike immediately.
The government was quick to pay 55 billion yen in partial payments from the academic allocation and the revitalization fund, but the union remained unchanged until the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council and other dignitaries intervened.
Speaking with Sunday PUNCH, Prof Osodeke said that the union had not yet declared a strike but was going to make the public aware, which includes the media, about the state of things between the union and the federal government.