However, Osodeke said for the strike to be called off the federal government must have to tell the lecturers the actual amount meant for the revitalisation of Nigeria’s university system and where exactly it is lodged.He added that the federal government has to clearly explain to Nigerians and ASUU its position as regards the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), and that the Nimi Briggs panel’s recommendations must be implemented for the union to call off the strike.
“Government should tell us and Nigerians the money that has been alleged to have been approved for revitalisation – how much is it and where is it lodged? When will it be released?
“The federal government has to clearly state its position concerning the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), a payroll system created by ASUU as a replacement for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS).
“Thirdly, have they accepted the agreement we reached with their panel? They should come and tell us this, and not go to the press,” Osodeke said.
The leadership of ASUU frowned at the federal government’s stance of ‘no work, no pay’ accusing the government of purposefully prolonging the strike in order to frustrate the lecturers.
But Nigerians have continued to berate federal government over perceived non commitment of its officials it has been putting forward for discussions.
The Federal Government has invited pro-chancellors, vice-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities to a meeting in Abuja on September 6 as part of efforts to resolve the strike.
The meeting was convened by the National Universities Commission, which stated that participants would review actions of the government on the strike.
The letter inviting the heads of the universities to the meeting was signed by the NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, Chris Maiyaki
This came to the fore as the strike by ASUU is entering almost 200th day amid the decision of the university lecturers declaring a total and comprehensive industrial action.
Stakeholders, particularly parents, in different interviews with Metrobusinessnews.com (MBN) berated ASUU and the government, lamenting that the future of their children was being toyed with.
According to one of the embittered parents, “what has the Federal Government been waiting for and why wait for this long before summoning this meeting?.Something, somewhere is fundamentally wrong! .“