The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP, Kingsley Moghalu said if he is elected as president he will put an end to persistent strike by Nigerian university lecturers.
“I will end ASUU strike in Nigeria,” Moghalu stated this during the 2019 presidential candidate debate held at Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
“Every young man or woman must know how to run a business. We will invest in our how children learn,” he added.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)industrial strike has become recurrent over the years. The strike actions are usually as a result of the federal government not responding to lecturers demands at the time they ask for it.
The union’s first strike action since Nigeria returned to democracy was in 1999 under the former president Olusegun Obasanjo, and it lasted five months before it was called off.
In 2001, ASUU embarked on another strike action that lasted three months. The lecturers also embarked on strike in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017 and the latest which started on 4th November 2018 is still ongoing.
The recent strike started following the demands of the lecturer union for the implementation of previous agreements with the government for improved funding of universities.
Three months after, the Nigerian government has failed to reach to meet the demands.
Recently the minister of labour, Chis Ngige said the accountant general and the ministry of finance have confirmed with evidence that N15.4 billion had been released to public universities.
Ngige also said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N20 billion to be used to offset the outstanding arrears of the 2009 to 2012 verified earnings in the universities.
He said the earned allowances will be released to ASUU as soon as the process is completed.
However, the president of the union Biodun Ogunyemi has described the government’s offer on the outstanding revitalization fund of N1.1 trillion as tokenism, said members insisted that government should release at least a tranche of N220 billion spread over four quarters of 2019.
He affirmed that on earned allowances, government’s proposal should not be lesser than the total amount released “the last time” out of the verified balance.
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