Nasarawa varsity ASUU rejects govt offer, continues strike



The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nasarawa State University chapter, Dr. Theophilus Daniel Lagi, has reiterated that the union would not settle for anything less than its demands, just as it ordered its members to continue the ongoing strike to improve academic standard of the institution.

Lagi, who was speaking with newsmen after the union’s emergency congress in Keffi on Tuesday said, the letter addressed to the union by the university council on the contentious issues lacks specifics.

Dr. Lagi opined that the letter was a unilateral decision of the council that lacks in its entirety substance, which the union can hold on to.

Our correspondent gathered that the union’s emergency meeting was a fallout from the recent meeting the university council had with the state Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and a letter from the university council to ASUU which primarily centered on funding, EAA and monthly tax deduction from their salaries, etc.

In the letter, the governing council of the university is offering 15 per cent of the 45 per cent demanded by the union based on the condition that the strike be called off, and after which if the financial status of the state improves, their entire request would be met.

The ASUU chairman however observed that government was not specific on it offers to the union, as the issues therein were very technical, adding that what the government was offering were vague promises.

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