The ASUU strike is currently holding back students from fully resuming academic activities for what little remains of the 2020/21 academic session.
It’s sad to see that while other countries are racing at a fast pace to ensure that they finish their academic calendar, Nigerian government and ASUU are still at loggerhead because of money!
The federal government on Thursday, October 15th, reached an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a meeting to end the seven-month strike declared by the union over unpaid salaries.
According to news report, after the meeting between the federal government and ASUU, the Buhari-led government has agreed to release N30bn earned academic allowance to the university lecturers in tranches between May 2021 and February 2022.
We also learned that the Federal Government of Nigeria did promised to spend up to Twenty billion Naira (N20bn) on the revitalization of the Nigerian education sector.
Sadly, in spite of the agreements reached between both parties, the meeting was inconclusive and adjourned to the 21st of October, 2020. The conciliatory meeting is to reconvene by October 21 by 3.00 p.m after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, where I guess ASUU are waiting to see that the money is actually paid to them, before calling off the strike.
It is expected that ASUU will report back on its decision, in order to facilitate calling off their strike. I strongly believe that the reason behind this hasty meetings to call off ASUU strike, is to put a big gap in the ongoing #ENDSARS protest, which is threatening the country at the moment.