ATBU-ASUU Laments FG’s Failure To Honour Agreements

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) branch has lamented the consistent failure of the federal governments to honour agreements and fulfill promises bothering on the welfare of its members.

Dr Ibrahim Inuwa, the Chairman, ASUU, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi made the lamentation on behalf of the members in a news conference in Bauchi on Wednesday.

He however, declared that ASUU remained undaunted in the patriotic mission towards the welfare of its members and repositioning the university system for global competitiveness.

According to him, the struggle for a better, improved and affordable quality education for Nigerians is not that of ASUU alone to fight and achieve but parents, students and teaming youths of the country stood and watched from afar.

“It is a collective struggle that we all must collaborate to actualize by ensuring that the government does the needful.

“We therefore, call on all patriots in the media, labour movement, student groups and civil society organisations and all other stakeholders to join our resolve to reposition the Nigerian university system for a transformed Nigeria.

“We reiterate the fact that the suspension of our strike in 2022 was a patriotic act based on trust for those who intervened. We sincerely hope and wish that our union will not be compelled to resume the strike in the nearest future,” he said.

Inuwa also called on President Bola Tinubu to use his good offices to see to the signing and immediate implementation of the Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee agreement on the renegotiation of salaries of academic staff of Federal Universities.

He said that non implementation of the agreement has the implications of denying Academics a wage that was consistent with the current economic reality, continued poor funding of the Universities and the respect for academic freedom.

The ASUU chairman explained that for 15 years, its members have remained on the same salary system while all efforts for renegotiation failed, thereby making them remain stagnant on the same spot.

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