The Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Joel Okewale, has said that Federal Government should be blamed for the continuing strike action by the Union.
He said the Federal Government has been “insincere, deceitful and unwillingness to resolve the issues raised by the Union.”
Okewale stated this yesterday while briefing newsmen at the ASUU Secretariat, OOU Mini Campus, Ago Iwoye.
The briefing was attended by the Secretary of the branch, Olugbenga Azeez, the immediate past zonal coordinator (Lagos) of ASUU and member of the union’s negotiating team, Adetola Nassir and other branch executive members.
Okewale informed journalists that rather than addressing and resolving the main issues that led to the strike, the Federal Government had engaged in dishing out false information to raise hope of Nigerians over the matter.
He noted that “government has not shown serious commitment to the defraying of the outstanding N1.1trillion revitalisation fund and the shortfalls in salaries to affected ASUU members.”
He pointed out that this “situation would make the suspension of the ongoing strike difficult.”
Okewale explained further that “the revitalisation fund as contained in the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoA) between the FG and ASUU, were meant to ensure rapid transformation of Nigeria’s public universities for improved efficiency, infrastructural development and global competitiveness.”
He added that the union had “agreed with the FG to release the outstanding revitalisation fund in tranches at N220b annually.”
He said that the release of N25b by the government to 69 public universities and which was widely publicised, was a far cry from what was agreed upon.
On the payment of shortfalls in salaries of ASUU members, Okewale disclosed that “N20b released by the FG for the purpose was not meant for university lecturers alone, but for staff of MDAs, polytechnics, colleges of education and others.”
According to him, “the Union would continue with the strike action until the FG shows serious commitment to the payment of revitalisation fund, renegotiation of 2009 agreement and addressing of other matters such as release of NUPEMCO’s operation license by PenCom, full payment of arrears of shortfalls in salaries of university academies, release of the report of forensic audit on Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), payment of outstanding arrears and mainstreaming of the allowances into 2018 budget, among other demands.”
A prominent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Chief Longers Anyanwu has extended his Congratulations to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for a successful National Assembly (NASS) inauguration and election of principal officers.
Tuesday, principal officers of the NASS at both the upper and lower chambers, were elected during which period Senator A Lawan and Rt. Femi Gbajabiamila were elected Senate president and Speaker respectively with overwhelming support of their members.
In a statement issued by the Member, Buhari Support Organization (BSO) and availed the Daily Nigerian Horn, Anyanwu noted that the emergence of the leadership of the 9th Assembly is a clear indication of APC’s readiness to take firm control of government in this second term of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to ensure it gets to the next level of democratic dividend.’’
Commending the success of the new Speaker (Gbajabiamila), Anyanwu, a chieftain of Imo APC, and one of the frontline coordinators of Femi Gbajabiamila for Speakership, stated that he owes his victory to his doggedness, hard work and having toured comprehensively all the corners of the nation in search of votes.
Espousing on his qualities, the former candidate for APC National Organizing Secretary in the last Convention, said that, “Femi is a team player and an experienced legislator per excellence whose almost unanimous election will engender peace and unity in the house.’’
Continuing, he said, “I call on every Honourable member, no matter political party divide, to give him an unalloyed coorporation because he is a prepared leader that is going to restore the dignity of legislature in Nigeria again.’’
The founder and former Chairman of Accord Party, further stated on a happy note that “never again will the “tail wag the dog” in the National Assembly where a ruling party APC will be led by the minority party leading to manipulation of the sincere and patriotic direction of president Muhammadu Buhari administration.’’
According to Chief Longers, it’s a new dawn in the life of democracy in Nigeria and another great victory for Nigeria!
It would also be recalled that among other political positions, Anyanwu is an Advisory Council member Presidential Campaign Council (Youths and Women) in the last election.
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