ASUU to FG: N92 billion Is a Debt, Not a New Demand

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on August 22, 2013, Thursday, described as highly embarrassing, the statement credited to the Coordinating Minister of the economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. The statement said that the lecturers were making a fresh demand from the Federal Government.

asuu-fgDr. Usman Abubakar, ASUU zonal coordinator in Bauchi, told the newsmen that ASUU was not making fresh demand, but asking for the implementation of existing agreement, while the Minister’s position was opposite.

“Contrary to the Minister’s assertion that “ASUU is demanding for N92 billion”, we wish to inform the public that the said amount is a debt, not a demand. It is a debt the Federal Government is owing staff of affected universities (both academic and non-academic) over a period of four years. The Federal Government has to pay, if it has to show signs of a responsible and honourable government.”

The ASUU coordinator also expressed shock at the insincerity and antics of the government, saying the Minister’s pronouncement was a deliberate and calculated attempt to blackmail ASUU, confuse the public and reduce ASUU’s patriotic cause to a mere payment of allowances.

According to Dr. Abubakar, the Minister’s comment is an indication that government had no intention of honouring the agreement, saying “how could the minister have made the claim of no money to honour the agreement when the finance ministry was represented throughout the negotiations in the 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement and the MoU. What could be more dishonourable and deceitful by a government than this?”

3 Comments

  • I believe that the presidency/other government officials know the amount they spend on their pets (dog, cat, etc), domestic staff, etc par annum. Why can’t they prove to the masses that they are responsible by keeping to the agreement.
    Okonjo Iweala should just keep mum if she has no meaningful cobtribution to make instead of uttering provocative words

  • Well i didn’t blame them,because we are that vote them into power that is why they have gods to come out side and said all this kind of provocative word, we have nothing to tell them but is only God that will fight for us

  • I so support wat ASUU is doing. FG should cabinet should take a pay cut as a sacrificial Lamb 4 education. They like deceitful life cus of their Greedy lifestyle.

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