The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said strike would not be called off until Federal government paid all its members salaries as it promised.
The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said this on Sunday during an interview.
He noted that the government should not be expecting the lecturers will resume without being paid the withheld salaries.
Contrary to reports on November 27 that the universities union had accepted to end its 9 months strike it embarked on following the Federal Government’s promise to release N70bn to ASUU, Ogunyemi disclosed that the union members were still consulting as it awaits the government’s fulfillment of its promise.
He said, “We are still consulting; we have not finished consultation, by the end of this week we shall make our report public. There are promises governments’ made with dates. Government promised to release salaries of our members. The withheld salaries have not been paid and we need to have information on that. Government should not expect us to resume without releasing our salaries.”
The Union president noted that he is not in position to determine when ASUU would suspend the strike.
He stressed that once the timeline the government gave expired this week without the withheld salaries being paid, the union would take a final decision.
“I can’t vouch for anything about resumption, but my members will determine that. The only thing I know is that payment of withheld salaries can smoothen the process and that is what we have told the government. It will aid the final decision.
“The government gave a timeline and we are monitoring, once the timeline expires this week, our members will take a final decision. If they pay the withheld salaries, it will make the process easier to handle.”