The Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) is set to pull out of the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) paving way for the commencement of academic activities in the institution.
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, gave this hint on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, while presiding over the fifth State Executive Council in Lafia, the state capital.
According to him, the state government has agreed to shoulder the responsibility for the payment of salaries of the staff of the university.
The governor added with available finances to the state and because of the premium importance his administration attached to education, the state government will begin the salary from this month.
According to Mr Sule, the management of the university, as well as the non-teaching unions namely the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, have all agreed to open the university.
“One of the conditions they gave to us, the most important condition, is to ensure that we take over the full payment of salaries of all the staff, so that they don’t have to use their IGR.
“As far as we are concerned, we looked at our finances and we strongly believe that, based on the cash flow we have available to us and also because of the importance we attach to education, we should be able to start that from this month.
“That is what we are looking forward to doing. We are also hoping they will compliment by the moment we start the payment hopefully by Thursday or Friday, then we are hoping to see them also returning to their classes,” he stated.
Recall, that since February 14, 2022, there have been no academic activities in public universities in the country due to the ongoing ASUU strike.
The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Last week, the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu said the Federal Government had addressed most of the union’s demands including the release of N50b for the payment of earned allowances for academic and non-academic and non-academic staff of universities but said the that the union will not be paid the arrears of the strike period.
The union has also insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears are settled.
Following the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, August 27, 2022, the six-month-old strike was declared to be total and indefinite.