by ‘Jola Sotubo
The battle between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has shown no signs of slowing down as the academic body insists that it has not seen proof of any payment made by the FG.
The government has repeatedly stated that it had deposited the sum of N200 billion in the Central Bank of Nigeria as agreed with ASUU but the striking lecturers have said that they have not seen any evidence of such payment.
The academic body is said to have criticized the FG stating that the government had made it a habit to feed the media with falsehood instead of aiming for a peaceful resolution of issues.
ASUU vowed to continue with the strike until it was officially notified about the payment.
Speaking in a telephone interview with Vanguard yesterday, Chairman of ASUU at the University of Ibadan, Dr. Segun Ajiboye, said the union would continue with the strike as government was yet to officially notify it, detailing the evidence of such payment.
He said: “We read in the papers today (yesterday), that government has presented proof of the N200 billion deposited to in a CBN account for the funding of universities and therefore that we must call-off the strike or face sack.
“As I speak to you, we are yet to get any evidence of the payment as claimed by government.
“Our union is still expecting an official reply of the letter we wrote to the President through the Supervising Minister of Education on November 22.
“It is very simple. All we request from the Federal Government is to document all it said it has done and will do, and get it duly signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation.
“When this is done, then we expect the Federal Government to invite our union for a meeting so that the final document can be duly recognised and signed by both parties.
“As a union of intellectuals, we see the government’s claims as payment on pages of newspapers.”
Reacting to the extension of the sack threat deadline to November 9, Ajiboye said: “The threat to sack over 30,000 lecturers is laughable.
“Our members are resolute to salvage the decadence in our educational system. So, we are unperturbed by the threat.”