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ASUU Describes FG’s Sack Threat As ‘Empty Basket’

Reacting to the threat of the Federal government to ultimately dismiss striking lecturers if they fail to resume by December 4, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday described the threat as an “empty basket” that could not hold water.

According to the Union, it was convinced that the government was not committed to implementing any agreement reached by both parties in negotiation. To this end, it said the threat would fail, noting that Nigerian public universities needed 60,000 lecturers owing to the government’s failure to employ.

The Union stated that the government was wasting the time of the Nigerian schorlars by refusing to sign and implement the requests the union tendered a conditions to call off the strike.

ASUU National Treasurer Dr Ademola Aremu said,  “With the latest action, the Federal Government has shown that they are not committed to all they have been saying. We are saying that since we agreed at the meeting that the sum of 200billion is for 2012 and 2013 revitalisation, the Federal Government should deposit same in the Central Bank of Nigeria. We are already in November and December is around the corner.

If they don’t do that now, when do they want to do it? We are saying the non-victimisation clause should be included as agreed while the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement should be included as agreed with the President. It is a pity, if the Federal Government is not willing to perfect the resolutions reached with the union. This is why we find it difficult to trust our leaders by their words.”

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