CEM REPORT | The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have maintained that the Federal Government must pay the backlog of salaries or the unfinished academic sessions should be forgotten.
The union states that after the strike lecturers will still have to teach to make up for time lost during the closure, unlike other unions.
The President of the union Emmanuel Osodeke made the comment while speaking on a television programme on Friday while reacting to the government’s insistence on non-payment of the lecturers over the industrial action.
“If we agree on that, therefore, the lectures we should have given [to students] for 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 [sessions], should be allowed to go so we start a new session, 2022/2023, in September.”
“Therefore, by July next year, I would go on my leave as we used to have in those days so that the backlog is gone. All the lectures that remain; all the two sets of admissions that JAMB has given that are waiting should become irrelevant.”
He explained that when “other unions go on strike and come back, all those periods for which you are on strike, you don’t need to do the backlog of work.
“But for ASUU, when we go back today, we are going to start from the 2020/2021 session. For these two sets of students that have been admitted by JAMB, we have to teach them over these periods to ensure that we meet up with the system.
“So, we are going to do the backlog of the work we have left behind. We are not going to start today and say ‘This session is 2022/2023, therefore, all these two sets of people that have been admitted by JAMB are cancelled. We have to take another admission for the 2023/2024 session’.”
Osodeke also said the union does not need a pity party over the government’s withholding of the lecturers’ wages, maintaining that the union “can take care” of its members.