The national leader of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has clarified that the long begun strike continues.
Vanguardngr.com reports that the fate of undergraduates and admission seekers into public universities may continue to hang as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday, vowed to continue the nine-week-old strike.
According to vanguardngr.com, ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said universities lecturers had rejected the Federal Government offer of money to end the strike because it was far from their demands.
He confirmed that the Federal Government had, last Tuesday, through the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Ministry of Finance presented to the union the evidence of the payment of N15.4 billion to universities.
Ogunyemi on telephone told Vanguard that after due consultations with its executives across the country, they have resolved to continue the ongoing strike until the Federal Governments pays at least N220 billion out of N1.1 trillion it owed the public universities.
According to him, the union leadership during their last meeting warned government representatives that ASUU members were not likely to accept those figures, adding that they insisted we should go and inform them first.
He said: “We agreed to go back to our members in order to show to them that we are a difficult union.
“We will communicate our position to the Federal Government this week, if our demands are met, we will call off the strike.
“We have shifted ground from N1.1 trillion to N220 billion that will cover for three quarters in 2019.”