Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Ibadan | 5 May 2015 | 3,279 times
The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the University of Ibadan branch, Prof Olusegun Ajiboye, has pleaded with the incoming administration of the President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, to unfailingly honour the agreement and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the outgoing administration had had with the union.
Ajiboye, who made the call in Ibadan during an interactive session with newsmen on the unresolved demands from the Federal Government led by President Goodluck Jonathan, also charged the incoming government to focus more on education in addressing various issues affecting the economy. He said: “After suspending the strike in December 2013, the Federal Government had been able to fulfill just parts of the agreement and memorandum of understanding with the release of N200 billion to all public universities in Nigeria as the 2013 intervention fund. But it was surprising that since the release of the 2013 intervention fund, government has not been able to release any fund again.”
Prof. Ajiboye also accused the Federal Government of not doing anything about the welfare of staff in the various campuses of Nigerian universities after the suspension of ASUU strike in 2013, adding: “Since then, the Federal Government has been able to pay part of earned academic allowances of ASUU members. It is quite unfortunate that the government promised to pay the balance as soon as calculation was completed. But up till now, nothing has been done and members are still waiting for their balance.”
•Photo shows UI ASUU Chairman, Prof. Olusegun Ajiboye.
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