The indefinite industrial actions embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has no plans of coming to an end soon as the union launch new attack on the Federal Government.
ASUU, in reaction to a statement by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said no amount of lies and unfounded propaganda employed by the Federal Government can end the ongoing strike, adding that it would rather worsen the strike.
Meanwhile, the union denied the claim by the Minister that it had suspended the six-month-old strike, reiterating that such lies by the Federal Government officials would worsen the situation while it is suppose to bring solution to the crisis.
Speaking on Sunday, the Chairman for University of Ibadan’s branch of the union, Prof. Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement, vowed that the strike will last until the government addressed the union’s demands which include improved funding of tertiary institutions.
The statement read, “As of today, October 4, 2020, ASUU members are being owed three months salaries. In some universities like MOAU and UNIMAID our members have not received salary for up to six months.
“The Federal Government, through the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, has criminally withheld five months’ (February to June, 2020) check-off deducted from our members’ salaries without remittance to the union. The government has forcefully enlisted our members into the National Housing Fund scheme and has consistently been illegally deducting money for this from our members’ salaries.
“Our ongoing total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action will continue if this propaganda and lies against ASUU by appointees and representatives of the Federal Government like the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, persists.”