ASUU to FG: Stop being insensitive, address demands of public varsity lecturers  

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Thursday asked the President Bola Tinubu-led federal government to stop being insensitive and address the central demands of public university lecturers for better welfare and improved conditions of service.

ASUU at a  press conference addressed by the Ibadan zonal coordinator of the union, Professor Oyebamiji Oyegoke, said there is the urgent need to draw the attention of Nigerians “to the serial insensitivity of the Federal Government of Nigeria to central issues connected with Nimi-Briggs Committee’s Renegotiated Agreement and care for the welfare of hardworking Nigerian lecturers.”

The union stated that the burning issues which led to the strike action of February – October, 2022 are being met with half-hearted, insincere and incoherent attention from the Federal Government of Nigeria and its agents”

It noted that the federal government has not mainstreamed billions of Earned Academic Allowances owed her members while it has also not signed let alone commence the implementation of the Nimi-Briggs Renegotiated 2009 draft agreements.

ASUU  said: “Deliberate pauperisation of the intelligentsia has elevated the brain drain syndrome while newly appointed lecturers are resigning for greener pastures. 

“Despite the good intentions of ASUU members to make Nigerian universities globally competitive, the government has continued to unleash hardship on the lecturers as it is doing to other sectors of Nigerian state, a disposition of acting as a democratic government while pursuing IMF and World Bank anti-people polices abound and stares us in the face everyday.

“There is a limit to which people should be pushed to the wall without resistance. ASUU, as a union of intellectuals, remained undaunted in our patriotic mission of rescuing Nigerian public universities from retrogression. 

“Instead of doing the needful by signing and implementing the Nimi-Briggs Committee’s Renegotiated Agreement, best of what FGN can offer is the whimsical awards of 35% and 25% to professorial ranks and other levels by the National Wages, Salaries and Income Commission by the Buhari administration, a case of fighting the effects and not the cause of a problem.