Education

ASUU accuses Buhari govt of blackmailing

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Federal Government of blackmailing and spreading falsehoods.

ASUU made the remark while accusing the Federal Government of abandoning preparations to examine the draft FGN-ASUU Agreement, which was renegotiated in 2009.

ASUU pledged to continue fighting for the welfare of professors in a statement headlined “Enough of Blackmail,” issued by its president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke.

Because deliberations were still ongoing, the body postponed its strike decision.

The ASUU stated once again that the federal government had failed to address all of the issues addressed in the 2009 accords.

“NEC was concerned by government agents’ vigorous efforts to reduce ASUU’s demands to a regime of intermittent payment of watered-down revitalisation cash and release of distorted and highly devalued Earned Academic Allowances,” the statement reads in part.

“ASUU shall not relent in demanding improvement in the welfare and conditions of service of our members. However, we shall resist any attempt to blackmail the union and derail our patriotic struggle for a productive university system by official propaganda founded on tokenism and crumb-sharing.

“However, considering the ongoing intervention and consultation efforts, NEC resolved to review the situation at a later date with a view to deciding on the next line of action.”

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