The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite strike following the failure of the federal government to implement part of the 2009 agreement reached by both parties.
Chairman of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) branch of the union, Dr. Karo Ogbinaka, who briefed journalists in Lagos yesterday, said the agreement which the parties signed had stipulated that the sum of N100 billion would be paid. However, the federal government had complained that the amount was too much and was subsequently reduced by 80 per cent.
According to him, “The federal government had said that it forgot to include it in the supplementary budget and even went ahead to further reduce the earlier amount agreed on. As it is now, neither the old one, nor the new one has been paid. Our members felt that this is more of an insult. We are demanding for what is within the scope of the economy.”
Ogbinaka said a professor who supervises postgraduate theses is supposed to be paid N15,000 per student, adding, “The federal government has not paid any lecturer the theses supervisory allowance. As lecturers, you are supposed to teach for a particular hour, if you teach beyond that, then it is excess workload. The truth is that people should be paid for the jobs they are doing.”