ASUU strike: VC committee demands payment of N800,000 salary for teachers



The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) has set up a Lasting Peace Team to resolve the lingering dispute between the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Former CVCNU Secretary General Michael Faborode and the team’s co-coordinator made this known on Tuesday through ‘The Sustainable Peace Team Working Paper’.

He explained that the team’s desire was not to allow the current impasse in the ASUU strike negotiations to take hold, as the strike’s toll on all stakeholders and the nation had been colossal.

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According to him, to arrive at the final list, no serving Vice-Chancellor or Pro-Chancellor is included, and membership was based on service record as recorded by CVCNU.

He added that the team was made up of Jibril Aminu, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID); Olufemi Bamiro, ex-University of Ibadan VC; Ekanem Braide, President of the Academy of Sciences; and Nkechi Nwagogu, ex-pro-chancellor of the University of Calabar (UNICAL), among others.

“We shouldn’t sit back and watch our ‘house’ crumble on us as elders. So we should speak or act now. We have no industry other than the university system,” notes the team leader. “Anything that can be done to bring all players to their senses and broker peace using the recommendations of Professor Nimi Briggs’ committee as a fulcrum will be worth the effort.”

Mr. Faborode said that the “team of elders for peace” would operate under the auspices of the UNCCV/CPC.

According to him, the Buhari regime and ASUU have been contacted to accept the intervention of the independent team of wise men.

“The team will liaise with Professor Nimi Briggs’ committee to understand the basis of the elements of their proposals and will check with the Federal Government and ASUU to identify areas of concern and objection,” he said. added. “The team will then consider how to mitigate any sticky areas and work with all parties to end the imbroglio amicably for the benefit of all involved and the nation.”

These include the scheme increasing its pay rise offer from 23 per cent to “maybe 50 per cent, which will ensure that a teacher will receive up to 800,000 naira per month, as opposed to the 1.2 million naira traded”.

“Also, the revision of the decision on wages during the strike to a middle position, not zero percent or 100 percent as ASUU wants. How can we pursue this warning to both sides?” Mr. Faborode added.

He added, “Basically, the following facts must be noted: the current state of Nigerian higher education is unacceptable and incompatible with the economic development roles envisioned for them. We let things deteriorate for too long.


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