ASUU’s National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, highlighted that the Federal Government, under President Bola Tinubu since May 2023, has not fully honored agreements with organized labor, specifically ASUU.
According to report by tribune, Osodeke conveyed this message during an interactive session with journalists at FUT Minna’s Gidan Kwano Main Campus in Niger State. He mentioned that the National Executive Council (NEC) members are currently engaged in nationwide consultations with union branches to determine the subsequent course of action following the NEC meeting later this month.
Expressing regret, Professor Osodeke noted that despite a gentlemen’s agreement between the union and the Federal Government, no payments have been made to ASUU members, resulting in undue hardships for their families. When asked about the fulfillment of government promises, Osodeke revealed that none had been implemented, specifically regarding wage awards and seven and a half month salary arrears.
Regarding the potential for industrial action to address their demands, the ASUU leader stated that the association would present suggestions gathered during nationwide consultations at the upcoming NEC meeting and take appropriate measures. Discussing the association’s forthcoming actions, Professor Osodeke explained that member views were being sought, emphasizing the decision-making process at the NEC meeting scheduled for February.
In a separate statement, Prof. Gbolahan Bolarin, the branch Chairman of ASUU at FUT Minna, described Professor Osodeke’s visit as encouraging and assured him of the unwavering support of the university’s members to achieve their set objectives.