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Let Lecturers Breathe Do Not Suffocate Us, ASUU Tells Tinubu

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Nsukka Zone, has stated that it is not sharing in the joy of one year in office of President Bola Tinubu due to the administration’s unfulfilled promises

Addressing journalists on Friday at the Benue State University, Makurdi, the Zonal Coordinator, Raphael Amokaha who decried the insensitivity of successive administrations in meeting the renegotiation of the 2009 Federal Government/ASUU agreement said their expectations were much higher than the present reality.

Some of the unfulfilled agreements, according to Amokaha include; poor funding of the nation’s universities, breach of university autonomy, particularly in the Integrated Personnel Payment Information System, nonpayment of earned academic allowances, and the four months salaries withheld.

While recognizing the submission of the president to review the appointment of university governing councils recently released, the union advised the president not to see it as patronage for political loyalty.

Amokaha noted that contrary to the promise of President Tinubu that the era of the strike in Nigerian universities was over, the ASUU zonal boss said, ‘Unfortunately, we are on the verge of a strike.’

He added, “The government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is about to celebrate one year in office. Unfortunately, members of our union do not share in the elation of the one-year celebration.

“Our expectations were much higher than the present reality. Again, we cry out to the President, let the lecturers breathe! Do not suffocate us!!

“The draft renegotiated 2009 agreement must be signed immediately and implemented even though it may need to be looked at before signing now so that what will be agreed upon now will be commensurate to the hyperinflation ravaging our country.

“The balance of the eight months withheld salaries owed our colleagues should be paid immediately. They have now done the work in full and to make it worse, the value of the eight months’ salary is now barely up to the value of two months’ salary at that time.

Speaking further, Amokaha said, “Membership of governing councils requires notable and upright personalities with experience in university administration.

“It’s therefore not proper that personalities like Professors Attahiru Jega, Olu Obafemi, and Munzali Jibril be tossed about in the name of dissolution or reconstitution of councils without recourse to propriety.

“Appointments to university governing councils must not be viewed as patronage for political loyalty.”

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