Monday, January 11, 2016 5:04 pm
The University of Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof. Segun Ajiboye, said the Federal Government is owing universities in the country close to N660billion.
He claimed in an interview with newsmen that the debt was part of the unpaid Needs Assessment Intervention Fund for universities in Nigeria.
He reminded the federal government that the 2009 agreement which was due for a review in 2012 has not been addressed.
According to him, ASUU had written severally to the government on the need to restart negotiation on the agreement to reflect modern and contemporary realities.
Ajiboye did not state what the reaction of his union will be if government continues to snub it over the huge debt claim.
Non-adherence to the 2009 agreement by the Federal Government led to ASUU’s longest strike in 2013, which started from June till December of the year.
Government agreed with ASUU in an MOU to pay N1.1 trillion over a period of six years.
According to ASUU national President, Nasir Isa Fagge, the payment will start from 2013 with N200 billion, 2014, N220billion, 2015, N220billion, 2016, N220 billion, 2017, N220billion and 2018, N220 billion.