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ASUU accuses FG of foot-dragging on MOU execution


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed concern over what it called foot-dragging in the implementation of the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached between it and the Federal Government.

Ademola Aremu

The National Treasurer of ASUU, Dr Ademola Aremu, and Chairman of University of Ibadan branch of the union, Dr Olusegun Ajiboye, made these remarks at ASUU/Press parley in Ibadan on Sunday.

Aremu said it was disturbing that in spite of signing an MOU and calling off the strike, allocation of funds was yet to be implemented for the needs assessment project of Nigerian universities.

“The Federal Government ought to have commenced the process of depositing an additional N55 billion for the first quarter as agreed in the MOU with President Jonathan’’, he said.

Ajiboye added that ASUU was tired of “earmarking of the funds but now needs eye-marking of it with visible projects executed with the funds.’’

He urged the federal government not to delay in the implementation of the MoU as such might breed further acrimony within the university system.

The union also condemned the sack of 90 staff members of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN) Ibadan.

Speaking on the sack, Ajoboye urged all well-meaning Nigerians to rise and defend injustices being meted out to the affected people.

The academic body called on the government and the masses to rise against what it called the “intimidation of the oppressed’’ in the institution.

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