The federal government this morning bowed to one of the demands of the country’s striking lecturers by paying N200 billion into an account opened with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Disclosing this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunrise Daily’, Dr. Doyin Okupe, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs confirmed that the demand, by ASUU, that N200b be paid into an account with the CBN had been fulfilled. The amount is meant for renewal of infrastructure in the country’s public universities.
Okupe said government had fulfilled a substantial part of the agreement reached at the 13-hour meeting ASUU had with the President in October.
Meanwhile, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Dr. Nasir Fagge Issa, this morning said that the union was unaware of the Federal Government’s payment of N200b into an account with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN. He said government had not informed the body of such an action.
Dr. Issa said if this is true, then the government should formally communicate this to ASUU so that the union can inform its members on the latest development and decide on whether to call off the strike or not.