The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday in an interview said it would not end the strike that have lingered for over eight months now until the Federal Government pays all the salaries of its members being withheld.
Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi who is the President of ASUU in a telephone interview in Lagos, said that government should not expect the lecturers to resume their various duty posts without paying the withheld salaries.
Remember that on 27th of November, there were reports that the union had agreed to call of the strike following the promise of the Federal Government to release the sum of N70 billion to the Union as earned allowance.
But Prof. Ogunyemi on Sunday explained that the members were still consulting and at the same time, they are waiting for the Federal Government to fulfil its promises of releasing the withheld salaries of its members.
In his words, “We are still consulting; we have not finished consultation, by the end of this week, we shall make our report public. There are promises government made with dates. Government promised to release salaries of our members. The withheld salaries have not been paid and we need to have information on that. Government should not expect us to resume without releasing our salaries.”
The ASUU president also said with emphasis that once the timeline given to the Federal Government for payment of the withheld salaries expires this week without the salaries being paid, final decision would be taken by the union.
When Will ASUU Strike Be Called Off?
He also said he personally cannot determine when the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities would be suspended, but the decision to suspend the strike would be unanimously taken by its members across the nation.
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