Professor Biodun Ogunyemi
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi

Nigerian govt doesn’t want lecturers to return to class, ASUU alleges

NEWS DIGEST – The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, says that lecturers are willing to return to classes but the Federal Government is not encouraging members with its actions in the past month.

ASUU called off its 9-month-old strike on December 23 after several back and forth with representatives of the Federal Government over the payment of salaries to its members through the Integrated Personnel & Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

In calling off the strike, ASUU was promised N40 billion in revitalization funds for the universities and N30 billion in earned allowances.

President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, revealed to News Digest that the Federal government is yet to live up to its agreement that informed the suspension of the strike.

Ogunyemi said the refusal of the government to pay the earned allowances of its members, as promised, is morale downing.

“We are not happy to stay away from classes but there is the need for the government to encourage this,” He noted.

“Imagine that as at now [January 15], the government has failed to pay what is due to lecturers and this definitely will not help efforts of lecturers on resumption.

“What we promised the people is willingness to restart classes and even make extra-time to recover time lost and we are still willing to keep our words.”

In light of COVID-19 impact on academic activities, Ogunyemi called on the government to put in place the needed facilities for blended learning in the country.