By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to query universities that failed to comply with its decision to remain on strike during negotiations with the Federal Government.
National President of the union, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, on Monday.
ASUU had been on strike for the past five months to press home its demands.
The striking lecturers’ demands include funding for the revitalisation of public universities, payment of earned academic allowances, use of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and payment of promotion arrears among others.
However, few chapters of the union have pulled out of the ongoing strike to resume academic activities.
Reacting to the development, Osodeke said: “We will punish those who have pulled out from our ongoing strike the appropriate way.
“We will query them and we will follow it up the appropriate way.
“We have even queried some of them in accordance with the union’s statutes,” he said.
Osodeke also noted that since the last Tripartite Plus meeting called by the Chief of Staff to the President on the ongoing industrial action over a month ago, there has been no other meeting.
He said that there was nothing concrete that came out of the last meeting that was held at the presidential villa.
“We have not been called for any other meeting since that time and the government did not offer us anything, they just ask us to be meeting with the committee, that was all,” he added.
The ASUU president also said that the union would be meeting with the government within the week.