ASUU to Jonathan: no deal without letter signed agreement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that its members would not return to class until the Federal Government responds to its letter requesting it to put its promises to fund the universities in writing and sign it for future reference.

The National Treasurer of the union, Dr Ademola Aremu, disclosed this while speaking with our correspondent on telephone on Sunday.

Aremu said there can not be any meaningful progress until the government responds to the letter, stressing that ASUU’s request was the collective decision of members across the country and not the decision of the national leadership.
The unionist waved aside the announcement by the Federal Government that it had deposited a large sum of money to meet the demand of ASUU with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). He said the proper way of communication with the union should be through a letter confirming the signing of the new agreement it reached with the lecturers.

Describing government’s announcement as a mark of insincerity, Aremu said that the only way it can take government seriously on the issue is a letter confirming the signing of the agreement.

He said: “When we finished negotiation with the President, we promised to go and brief our members and communicate the popular decision of the union to his office. That was exactly what we did. The collective decision of members was that the government should put its proposal in black and white and sign it properly.

“So, if government wants to communicate with us, it should simply respond to the letter, not announcing through the media that certain amount of money was already with the CBN. That is not proper. We don’t believe that is a fair treatment.”

On the ultimatum, Aremu said it was a threat that can not intimidate any lecturer that is worth his salt.
“Any academic that is not an intellect work, that is actually an intellectual will not be intimidated by the threat. Nobody can humiliate you when you are fighting a just cause.” He said.
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  1. We ASUU our position is clear. If it is true that FG has met all our demands let them formally communicate to us in writing and not by going to the media and be saying rubbish.
    I buy the idea of TUC and NLC that let the two parties (ASUU+FG) come together and FG convince ASUU that what Akupe has told Channel TV. is true with evidence. I 'm sure within an hour the impasse will be over. Please give it a trial.

  2. Okupe is the worst sycophant in GEJ Government. I only pitty the mumu President (Ode)

  3. I don't even want to read or hear dis fg n asuu story ...cos am tried of den.... I dont even knw who is lying ..may be na jonathan or fagge or asuu member.all na wash ....GOD help nigeria ooooo

  4. why is it difficult to sign an agreement if I am sincere and ready to abide by my promise?

  5. ASUU, don't expect anything good from GEJ cos 2015 is at corner. Alraedy his Govs are decamping to APC.

  6. ASUU, don't expect anything good from GEJ cos 2015 is at corner. Alraedy his Govs are decamping to APC.

  7. Xmas on my mind......ASUU you have lost my respect.......just course my foot....if u v d interest of d students in mind u wuld v called off dis strike dat has taken some pple 2 grave already.....u want 2 frustruate GEJ's regime...wat God has ordained no man can do any harm...if u like call off d work,no pay...

  8. Maggie parker pleases if you know what is academics then you will surely know ASUU stands, may you are one those that call for Private Universities that is watering standard of University in Nigeria. I want and pray for University System that will bring back Nigeria lost glory early days when my Big Uncle Prof. Wole Soyinka, Uncle Prof. Oniye enjoyed with sons and daughters of the rich and prominent Nigerian. Either ASUU strike or not grave is for every living soul. Little maggie parker I know age had a lot to do with your response, we can only pray that your GEJ's regime will do like a man God has ordained. You need to know what it take carry research not talk of getting it publish in the International Journal, Maggie this not Tantalizer or Mr. Biggs talk. A. K. A.


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