Members of the University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday voted for the ongoing national strike of the union to continue. The vote was part of a referendum conducted across state chapters nationwide to determine whether to suspend the three-month old strike or not.
The national leadership of the Union had on Monday directed its Zonal coordinators to meet with their branch chairpersons to conduct the referendum on the offers made so far by the government.
At UI, it was gathered that over 200 members voted for the strike to continue while about 50 voted for its suspension.
The following are the government offers on the table:
- A promise to mainstream the earned academic allowances into salaries from 2019.
- A promise to release N25billion for the revitalisation of universities while the rest will be defrayed after identifying sources to fund it.
- Promise to pay additional N5billion to increase the earned academic allowances to N25billion of the owed N105billion but ASUU wants government to pay N30billion.
Newspeakonline however gathers that most UI lecturers voted for strike to continue because they doubted government’s sincerity in fulfilling its promises since it even failed to fulfil the Memorandum of Understanding that led to the current strike.