The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that its members are fast losing patience with his administration’s policies on education.
The umbrella body of all public university lecturers listed their grievances at a briefing addressed by its National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in Lagos yesterday.
The grievances include lackluster implementation of the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government Agreements, non-remittance of Earned Academic Allowances and non-remittance of N605bn outstanding Needs Assessment Intervention.
Other contentious areas include: non-functioning of Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO), shortfalls in personnel emoluments, University of Ilorin non-functioning ASUU chapter, funding of State Universities, non-release of white paper on special visitation to eight universities, appointment of Prof. Ishaq Oloyede as Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and state of the nation.
According to Prof. Ogunyemi, the leadership of the Union decided to meet journalists to voice out their frustrations so that Nigerians can join them in appealing to the government to honour all of its agreements.
“What we have in ASUU is a bottom-up approach. We will not tell you anything that has not been agreed on by our members. We have had wide consultations and we are now telling the world what our members are saying: that they are running out of patience with this government.
“At this stage, we are only aggregating and telling the world what they are talking about. And let it not look like ASUU often takes delight in embarking on strike action. We want the world to hear us and appeal to the government to honour agreement reached with ASUU”, Ogunyemi said.
“We are not passing votes of no confidence but if any government is not getting it right policy wise, education wise, governance wise, it is our responsibility to voice it out”, the ASUU President said.