National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview on Thursday stated that the N34 billion the federal government paid this week to the union is not inclusive in its demands.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14th 2022, following the non-payment of funds in several agreements between the union and the federal government. After a one-month strike and a two month’s extension, ASUU embarked on a 12 weeks strike from the 10th of May 2022.
On Tuesday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, announced the payment of N34 billion as arrears of Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments in the education sector. The beneficiaries of the funds include ASUU members and lecturers in polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
- Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) debunked any hopes of an end to the strike as the N34 billion paid by the federal government was not part of the union’s demands.
What this means
According to ASUU’s national president, the strike will continue until the federal government meets the union’s demands.