– The minister for education, Adamu Adamu, says academic activities may soon resume in universities across the country
– However, striking lecturers insist they will only return to work when their demands are met by the federal government
– Biodun Ogunyemi, the president of ASUU, notes that the federal government has failed to pay the money the N50bn revitalisation fund demanded by the union
The federal government has said that university students may soon return to their various higher institutions as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) could call of its strike in the week starting from Monday, January 28.
The minister of education, Adamu Adamu, speaking with journalists after a press conference on Friday, January 25, said there was a possibility of university lecturers ending their strike soon, Daily Trust reports.
“Perhaps, by next week, I hope the ASUU strike will be over,” the education minister, Adamu said.
However, ASUU has insisted that university lecturers will only return to work when their demands are met by the federal government.
Speaking on Wednesday, January 23, Biodun Ogunyemi, the president of ASUU, stated that N50 billion is the least amount for the first quarter of 2019 the union is asking for from the federal government as revitalization fund, Nigerian Tribune reports.
Ogunyemi revealed to newsmen that as at Wednesday not only has the federal government failed to pay the money, it is showing no indication of releasing it.
Ogunyemi, on the federal government’s claim that it had released a sum of N15.4 billion as part of shortfall in the payment of salaries of lecturers, said: “We are yet to confirm that as of Wednesday.