The University Academic Staff Union, ASUU, said it has shifted its ground from its initial demands in the interest of Nigerian students who have spent more than 7 months at home.
ASUU said it has abandoned its initial insistence that the government should release a tranche of the revitalization fund of 220 billion naira and now demands 50% of one tranche (110 billion naira).
The union said its latest claim is only that the government show its commitment to revitalizing the country’s public universities.
This was part of a statement signed by ASUU Lakes Zonal Coordinator Prof. Olusoji Sowande and made available to journalists on Wednesday.
The lecturers accused the government of deliberately trying to allow the collapse of public universities by failing to release the revitalization fund over the years.
“In the interest of our students who have been at home for seven months, our union has shifted terrain from insisting on releasing a tranche of the revitalization fund of N220 billion to demanding 50% of a tranche (N110 thousand million) for the government to show its commitment to revitalizing our universities.
“This is one of the main reasons why the government has not been able to negotiate with our union again in the last two weeks,” the statement read in part.
ASUU called on parents and students to understand that their current struggle is patriotic and that their sacrifice for the survival of Nigeria’s public universities is unparalleled.
The union noted that its members have not received their wages for 5-7 months and have had to work in a very harsh environment.
ASUU said its members have had to work without adequate facilities / equipment and with a growing student population.