President of Educational Employees Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Emmanuel Osodeke has reacted to the refusal of the federal authorities to fulfil its calls for.
In keeping with Osodeke, previous governments, together with the navy have been extra sympathetic to the plight of lecturers.
Talking on the unveiling of fifty tertiary textbooks revealed by Nigerian authors below the sponsorship of the Tertiary Schooling Belief Fund (TETFund) in Abuja on Thursday, January 5, Osodeke shared a few of their experiences below navy governments.
““Thanks very a lot for this honourable minister and all of us who’re current right here as we speak. I wish to thank my colleagues for elevating the problems and I believe it is vitally necessary. I’ll simply say just a little factor about what’s TETFUND and the way did it originate?
“In 1992, the union was on strike and negotiating; how we used to do then few years in the past with Obafemi and co, and once we completed, the federal government stated how can we fund it and we stated problem us, we’ll let you know how you can fund this settlement. They usually challenged ASUU, it didn’t take three days and we got here up with this concept of TETFUND, which was accepted by authorities, then navy.
“I’ve seen that the navy are much more sympathetic. Then TETFUND got here into place. The decree was signed 1993. ASUU needed to go on strike the third time to make sure that TETFUND board is funded and the cash was launched.”
Commenting on the ‘no work no pay’ coverage of the Federal Authorities in opposition to hanging lecturers which has resulted in eight months of unpaid salaries, Osodeke appealed to Nigerians to pressurize the federal government to save lots of tertiary training from collapse.
The ASUU President who known as for a rise of training tax from the present 2.5percent to 10 % to allow TETFund mobilise extra funds to completely handle challenges confronting the sector, additionally decried the poor angle of some massive corporations and rich Nigerians on the cost of training tax.
In keeping with Osodeke, there may be must reposition and develop the training tax internet to result in extra sources for tertiary training establishments.