The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has opened its old agreement record books with the Nigerian government and it wants the government to act, or it will take the next option.

Both the Federal Government and ASUU had reached an agreement in 2017 in what was adopted as Memorandum of Action (MoA) for the development of the education sector in the country, but that agreement is still pending. 

The Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Abuja branch, Mr Theophilus Lagi, briefed reporters on Tuesday in Gwagwalada, Abuja.

It was a briefing held to address the collapse of the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement.

Lagi said that the union was running out of patience with government’s inaction in addressing the issues in contention.

ASUU will not hesitate to embark on strike if necessary steps are not taken to address the demands forthwith, he said.

According to him, the 2009 agreement renegotiation team, led by Dr. Wale Babalakin, was given a time line of four weeks but had dragged on to 14 months without a headway.

“The continued failure of government to honour our agreement clearly demonstrates that it has no interest in addressing the decay in the university system.

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“ASUU calls for the reconstitution of the current government team to allow a less-fixated leader and Chairman of the FGN-ASUU Renegotiation Team.

“We demand the immediate release of the 20 billion Naira revitalisation funds as agreed in the 2017 MoA.

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“The union also calls for the payment of salary arrears in all the universities that have met the PICA requirement.

“ASUU also demands the release of NUPEMCO’s operational license, since all queries by the National Pension Commission have been addressed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lagi said a tripartite meeting with the federal and state governments and then ASUU, had become imperative to discuss the undeserving proliferation of universities and the undue interference in the affairs of state universities. 

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