The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it's not reached any concrete agreement with the govt on the way to end its over seven months’ strike.
This is even as the union faulted the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, for saying in an interview at the weekend that six out of the nine demands by the union had been met by the govt .

Speaking during a chat on Sunday with Vanguard, the National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, while taking the stress one by one, asked Nigerians to ascertain which one had been met by the govt .

“As far as we are concerned, nothing has been delivered to our members and our members don’t want empty promises. allow us to take the problems one after the opposite .

“The withheld salaries of our members which is between four to eight months haven't been paid, if paid, accounts of our members would are credited. Same for Earned Academic Allowances, yet to be paid.

“Visitation Panels haven't been constituted for the schools , if that's done, Nigerians would have heard the names of panel members as announced by the govt .

“The proliferation of universities by state governments has not been addressed. The renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement has not started, the 2019 Memorandum of Action isn't yet implemented.

“So, on which of those issues has the target beneficiaries seen any concrete action being taken? We are becoming to know the way people in government work.

“When they're still discussing with you, they're going to attend town and tell people what has not been done. Their intention is to color ASUU because the aggressor.

“Which of the problems can anybody say the ball is in ASUU’s court? Are we those to pay our withheld salaries and allowances? Are we those to line up Visitation Panels?

“That is how they went about creating a fake Twitter account for the union and start to circulate fake news,” he said.

Ogunyemi added that the University Transparency and Accountability System, UTAS, being developed by ASUU to exchange government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll data system , IPPIS, was at a complicated stage, but expressed fears that some people wanted to truncate it.

On the threat by the minister that the govt could invoke labour laws if nothing was agreed to by the 2 parties soon, Ogunyemi said his union would never feel threatened in any way.

“We are ready for discussions if they invite us. The onus of universities reopening soon lies with the govt . We attend meetings we are invited to.

“They promised that we might meet some days ago and that they said they might write to tell us, we waited vainly for his or her invite. Nothing came,” he stated.