The Chairman is ASUU, University of Jos, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro has said the nationwide university Strike is still very much active but due to the Nigerian government failing on its promises.
He said the Federal Government had promised to fulfil parts of the agreement that led to the lingering strike but had failed to do so till date.
He said ASUU never signed any agreement with the government to suspend the strike but agreed on timelines for the government to implement aspects of the issues in contention.
In his words:
It must be categorically stated here that ASUU never signed any agreement to suspend the strike but agreed on timelines for the government to implement certain aspects of the issues in contention.
He said one of the issues in contention was the payment of salary that was withheld by the government.
For instance, one of the issues agreed was that all the six to nine months withheld salaries and check-off dues of ASUU members will be released by December 9, but the date has passed, and nothing was done.
He highlighted some of the failed promises of the government.
The N40 billion earned academic allowances and N30 billion funding for revitalisation will also be released by December 11, among other issues, but till now, none has been fulfilled.
He said the news by Ngige saying the government and ASUU had reached an agreement and will soon call off strike is not unanimous.
The next thing is that we heard Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, telling the public that ASUU agreed to suspend the strike.
Maigoro maintained the union’s stand that the government must pay workers salary before resumption of academic activities.
Nationwide university Strike in Nigeria is now in it’s 10th month.