Thursday, 17 October 2013
ASUU And Federal Government Strikes A Deal
ASUU strike is obviously coming to an end going by the agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU. Here's what's been agreed on:
1. Government has agreed to commit N200 billion in the 2014 budget on the universities as well as on each of the next three-four years until the universities are brought to world-class standard.
2. In addition to the N100 billion dedicated and already made available for 2013.
3. Government increases first installment to N40 billion, funds for the payment of earned allowances to the striking lecturers, an improvement from the N30 billion previously released.
4.On earned allowances,“Government will top it up with further releases once universities are through with the disbursement of this new figure of N40 million, so Vice-Chancellors are urged to expedite this disbursement within the shortest possible time using guiding templates that have been sent by the CVC.
5. ASUU was mandated to submit a blue print for revitalizing the Universities to the Vice President.
6. Universities will now be allowed to determine their priorities and not be “rail-roaded” into implementing a pre-determined set of projects with respect to the NEEDS assessment. Decisions are not to be centralized.
According to Professor Aluko, this development followed meetings on September 19 and Oct 11 of representatives of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, led by CVC Chairman, Prof. Hamisu of ATBU and ASUU Representatives led by its President, Dr. N. Fagge with the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Arc. Namadi. Sambo, Minister of Education Barr. N. Wike and others.
Of great interest to stakeholders, Vice-President Sambo, appealing to ASUU to call off the strike, apologized for the “take-it-or-leave-it”; comments credited to the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala at the onset of the strike. The Minister did not seem to have been involved in either meeting, perhaps as the government’s way of soothing the feelings of the university teachers.
Source: New Issues