ASUU Threatens To Go On Strike In July

ASUU National President Biodun
Ogunyemi hinted at the strike action
during a news conference held at the
University of Abuja on Wednesday.

Contrary to the pledge made in January
that there would be no strike action in
the near future, the Academic Staff
Union of Universities (ASUU)
announced that it could embark on a strike
again in July over the non-payment of N128
billion arrears of allowances.
ASUU National President Biodun Ogunyemi
hinted at the strike action during a news
conference held at the University of Abuja on
Wednesday.
According to him, the federal government
owes academic staff in federal universities
unpaid allowances of nearly N128 billion. Mr.
Ogunyemi said that the ASUU insisted on a
framework for paying any part of the “Earned
Academic Allowances” (EAA) arrears.
He said the union has decided that the
particular issue of the EAA cannot be
meaningfully addressed unless it is within an
agreed framework.
“Hence the National Executive Council (NEC)
of the ASUU resolved that all outstanding
arrears of EAA should be paid not later than
July 2017,” Mr. Ogunyemi stated.
The president also observed the non-release of
the Operational Licensing of Nigerian
Universities Pension Management Company
(NUPEMCO).
Mr. Ogunyemi said that the company had met
the minimum requirements for registration as
a Pension Fund Administrator (PFA).
He said that the failure of PENCOM to release
the operational license of NUPEMCO as a PFA
had created the feeling of insecurity and loss
of confidence among retirees in the system.
“The PFA cartel appears determined to abort
the process of NUPEMCO licensing which
started more than four years ago,” Mr.
Ogunyemi said. This is against the right to
choose, he added.
The president noted that the 2013
memorandum of understanding signed with
the federal government on funding for the
revitalization of public universities had not
been released as agreed.
“The MoU stipulates that N200 billion would
be released in 2013 for massive injection of
funds to reposition Nigerian public
universities for global competition.
“Thereafter, N220 billion is to be released for
subsequent five years, adding up to N1.3
trillion by 2018, not a single kobo has been
released up till date,” Mr. Ogunyemi said.
He concluded by announcing that the union’s
decision has been communicated to the
government.

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