ASUU Gives President Jonathan Conditions to Call Off Strike

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) have met and doled out conditions to be met by President Goodluck Jonathan if the strike is to be called off.

Part of this condition, is that all federal parastatals in charge of fund, labour, and education must sign the agreement purportedly reached between its leadership and the Federal Government on Tuesday, our source revealed.

He said meeting the above condition, would  give the association the confidence that the Federal Government knows what it is doing when it signed the agreement.

According to him, the only mandate is that 2009 agreement must be met and that the body has not reached any agreement with the Federal Government.

He stated that since the Federal Government promised to release N220bn every year for five years, then all monetary and regulatory agencies must sign. The Central Bank of Nigeria, Ministries of Finance and Labour, National Assembly, Office of the Presidency, National Universities Commission, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Trade Union Congress and our umbrella body, the Nigeria Labour Congress, must sign.

This move he said will give ASUU the confidence that the government is serious about calling off the strike and no argument will ensue on it in the nearest future.

Asked if the strike will end next week as speculated he said the strike coming to an end is not certain as he doubts where the presidents intends to get a huge amount of money from.

Our source revealed that ASUU fears the president’s enticing promises may all be politics, all in a bid to get them to go back into the classroom, only to renege on his promises.

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