The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has expressed concern over the unchanging salary structure, saying its members have been receiving the same salaries since 2009.
In a meeting held at Kwara state capital, the ASUU president, Biodan Ogunyeni accused the Federal Government of abandoning lecturers in public universities while speaking to stakeholders.
“ASUU members’ salaries have remained in the same salary structure from 2009 to date. That has been the fate of Nigerian university lectures because of the impossibility of this renegotiation of the agreement reached in 2009,” he said.
The meeting was aimed at discussing the ongoing ASUU strike, Ogunyemi also blamed the federal government of collaborating with private universities to purposefully underfund and de-market public universities in the country. He also noted that such plots were proven in the flow of private universities across the country.
The ASUU president noted that the federal government has constantly failed to honour its 2009 agreement with the union, adding that such has left public universities in a contemptible state.
“Way by 2009, after much pressure ASUU signed an agreement with the Federal Government. That agreement was supposed to be renegotiated by 2012, 2015, 2018 and after that 2021, which means by now we should be talking about fourth or fifth negotiations; but as at today, we have not been able to renegotiate it once,” he added
“There are four major areas in that agreement that we have been talking about. They include funding, condition of service, university autonomy, and academic service, and other matters. In the last years, budgetary allocation to education has not gone beyond 10 percent, which means even that agreement that we should have been reviewing today has not only been set aside, it has been totally ignored,” he said.
It would be recalled that the union has previously embarked on an indefinite strike over the federal government’s failure to meet its demands.