ASUU Threatens Strike Over 2017 Agreement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike if the Federal Government fails to implement the 2017 FGN/ASUU agreement.
Prof. Lawan Abubakar, the Bauchi Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, at a news conference on Thursday in Jos, Plateau State expressed surprise that the Federal Government has yet to implement the various agreements aimed at revitalizing public universities as agreed in 2017.
Abubakar said: “ASUU and the Federal Government signed an agreement on the revitalization of the universities and the payment of arrears of Earned Academic Allowances.
“We also agreed that the EAA be captured in 2018 universities budgets.
“We also agreed on the need for adequate budgetary allocation to education in line with the UNESCO minimum standard of 26 per cent.”
Abubakar regretted that only 7 per cent of the total 2018 budget was allocated to the education sector, and called for the immediate release of the N20 billion revitalization funding.
He enjoined members of the public to put pressure on the Federal Government to live up to its national responsibility by honoring agreements and MoUs so as to avoid disruptions in academic activities.

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