Nothing Significant Has Happened Since We Met FG, NIREC Last Week– Osodeke Disclosed, Denies Alleged Payment Of Salary

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has de­nied receipt or payment of salary arrears allegedly be­ing paid by the Federal Govern­ment to its members across the country.

 

The National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osode­ke, in an exclusive chat with Saturday INDEPENDENT, said none of its members has been paid a dime.

 

“I am not aware of that. We don’t even trust them because they can go to a bank and pay a few people and announce to the public that they have com­menced payment.

 

“I called about ten branches and none has received a pay­ment alert for whatever rea­son.”

 

Asked about the meetings held with the Chief of Staff to the President, Ambassador Ibra­him Gambari, the ASUU Presi­dent said, “Nothing significant has happened within the last one week apart from the meet­ing held with the Chief of Staff where it was promised that all issues would be resolved with­in one week. Nothing has hap­pened and the one-week timeline has expired.

 

“That is why we don’t trust them when they asked us to call off the strike first. The issues of trust and goodwill are import­ant in negotiations.”

 

Speaking on the intervention by the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), regrettably, Osodeke said the Council does not understand the workings of the government.

 

“With all due respect to NI­REC that intervened, they do not understand the government. They will solicit on behalf of the government and such interces­sion will be abandoned.

 

“No next line of action be­cause we are already on strike. We cannot call off the strike when the people we want to discuss with are not to be trust­ed. We cannot. If we call off the strike today, they will just go to sleep like they have done in the past and nothing tangible will happen,”

 

“It is surprising that the gov­ernment has been dilly darling on an issue that can be resolved without wasting time. People in government are alleged to have embezzled all the money required to revitalise the educa­tion sector and one of them has been arrested, alleged of taking N80bn.

 

“Another one has also been accused of embezzling N49bn. These are just two people embezzling N129bn in total. If the search is intensified we will be talking about some trillions of naira stolen from the govern­ment purse.

 

“The same man that was alleged of taking N80bn is the same person that said Nigeria does not have money provided the allegation is true.

 

“That is why we do not trust the government having talked about the issues over and over again,” Osodeke added.

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