ASUU urges FG to review Nimi Briggs-led renegotiated draft agreement


By Leonard Okachie 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Federal Government to immediately set in motion the process leading to the review and signing of the Nimi Briggs-led renegotiated draft agreement.

The President of ASUU, President Emmanuel Osodeke, made this known while briefing newsmen on Wednesday at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Abia.

The call was part of the union’s resolution at the end of its recent National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, at the Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa.

L-R… ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, with Prof. Chike Ugwuene, ASUU Chairman, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike.


Osodeke said that such action would show a mark of goodwill and assured hope for Nigeria’s public universities.

According to him, Nigerian academics are tired of platitudes laced with disdain for intellectuals; only concrete steps to restore their eroded dignity lives can guarantee lasting peace on our campuses.

The ASUU president said that the then Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, truncated the process at the point of finalising the reviewed draft agreement.

He said: “From 2021 till date, the document has remained in its draft form.

“The most obvious implication of the truncation of the renegotiation of the agreement is that the university teachers in Nigeria have been on the same salary regime since 2009, when the value of naira to a dollar was N120.

“Today, it is above N1,500.

“It is no longer news that the salaries of the highest paid professor, on the average, has been reduced to a meagre $210 per month.

“This is one of the least in the world!”

Osodeke regretted the the non implementation of the unilateral award of 35 and 25 per cent by President Muhammad Buhari administration, which had been activated through the National Wages, Salaries and Income Commission.

He expressed worry that the January salaries of its members were paid in the guise of ‘new IPPIS'(Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System), despite government’s announcement of the exit of tertiary institutions from the system.

Osodeke, revealed that the union’s position had been that the government should revert to quarterly releases of university funds to enable them design and implement their salary payment plans.

“In addition, government should release promotion arrears and pay all academics who were unjustly denied their salaries arising from the obnoxious imposition of IPPIS,” he said.

The ASUU president also urged the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUTO), Prof. Nnenna Oti, to take the part of honour and reverse the appointment of Dr Isa Pantami as a Professor.

He said that NEC reaffirmed its condemnation of the action of FUTO management by appointing Pantami while serving as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.