The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied signing an agreement with the Federal Government to call off its strike.
News360 info recalls that ASUU on the 14th of October called off the eight-month strike and directed its members to resume back to class.
However, on Monday, the President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke during a meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives disclosed that the union did not sign an agreement with FG.
Recall that the Appeal Court had affirmed the ruling of the National Industrial Court that asked the union to return to school.
The union, however, before the ruling of the court had reached an agreement with the leadership of the House.
According to Osodeke, lecturers acted in good faith by calling off the strike without any written agreement.
Osodeke said, “The strike we called off, our members did it based on trust in us and the way the speaker has intervened, three meetings now, it was on that basis we were able to convince them.
What we agreed on the issue of IPPIS and UTAS is a temporary measure. We were challenged to do it. We had to spend our money and our resources. In 2020, we were challenged to produce it.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila in his reaction to Osodeke’s statement said there is no need for ASUU to request a written agreement, adding that the House is working with the executive.
Gbajabiamila pointed to the provision of N470 billion in the 2023 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari and the agreement to adjust the IPPIS to accommodate the peculiarities of ASUU.
He added that lawmakers will host an education summit to address the issues facing the sector.