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  • News - North West - Kaduna
  • Updated: June 21, 2024

ASUU protests stagnant salaries, poor funding, blames FG

ASUU protests stagnant salaries, poor funding, blames FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, branch at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria has accused the Nigerian Federal Government of neglect and insincerity, exacerbating the living and working conditions of academic staff.

During a protest rally organized by the branch on Friday, ASUU Chairman Comrade Haruna Mohammed Jibril highlighted several key demands of the union.

These include the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, increased funding for the revitalization of public universities, and the payment of outstanding entitlements owed to academic staff.

Jibril pointed out that despite repeated calls for the review of the 2009 agreement, the government has failed to act.

“The Federal Government has refused to renegotiate the ASUU/FGN 2009 agreement fifteen years after it was signed. This delay is despite the establishment of the Wale Babalakin-led Joint Renegotiation Committee in 2017, which was meant to address these issues."

However, the renegotiation process was stalled for over two years due to disagreements, particularly over the re-introduction of the Education Bank proposed by Wale Babalakin, which would potentially lead to the imposition of high tuition fees on students. 

Comrade Jibril expressed frustration over the government’s reluctance to sign the draft agreement, noting that academic staff have been stuck with the same salary structure since 2009.

He stated, “Despite progress in the renegotiation process, the government has refused to finalize and sign the new agreement, leaving lecturers under a stagnant salary regime.”

Additionally, Jibril criticized the government's inadequate funding of Nigerian universities, which he said has left them in a dire state. He urged the government to address these issues promptly to improve the quality of higher education in the country.

Allowing its infrastructural and staff development to the little funds coming from Tetfund which was meant to be an intervention agency rather than the main source of funding.

 In the aftermath of the 2022 struggle, the Federal Government claimed to have budgeted the sum of one hundred and seventy billion naira (N170B) in the 2023 budget. 

ASUU/ABU branch urges the public to hold the federal government responsible if a strike occurs and calls for support from parents, students, and stakeholders in their struggle for better university funding and conditions.
 

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