What We Want Is Implementation, Not Negotiation, ASUU Tells FG
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has called the Federal Government to go ahead and implement the agreement signed with it rather than perpetual dialogue.
The ASUU Chairman at the University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole made this call on Tuesday, adding that the union and the government had signed Memorandum of Understanding with the government since 2009, which is yet to be implemented.
According to him, what the government needs to do now is implementing those agreements and stop all these roundtable meetings.
However, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said that the MoU was signed by past governments and not the present administration and could not be implemented without re-negotiation.
Last week Tuesday, national executive of ASUU shunned the meeting with the federal government delegation.
Reacting to this, Omole said that the ongoing strike, which has entered three weeks could be suspended if only the government would implement the agreement reached.
“ASUU has never run away from negotiation. The issue in contention is about implementation and not negotiation as being peddled by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige,” Omole said.
He said that the government should realize that funding of education is an investment and that until negotiation is replaced with implementation, lecturers will continue to go on strike.