Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam has said the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is misleading students and parents on what the Federal Government has done since the negotiations began in 2009.
Speaking at the Government House, Makurdi, yesterday when he hosted the National Union of Benue State Students (NUBESS), he said the Federal Government has acceded to the demands of ASUU.
Suswam advised the lecturers to go back to the classrooms for the future of youths.
Said he “Federal Government has done a lot. It is time ASUU should sacrifice and shift its ground as the negotiation is becoming political.”
The Benue State governor, who is leading the Federal Government negotiation team, said N100 billion has been distributed for infrastructural development and N30 billion for earned allowance.
According to him, the criteria for distribution of the funds were adopted with ASUU representative, adding that the projects are to be executed by the universities and their councils.
He said the earned allowance is only for the federal universities, hence state universities have no business going on strike. Suswam said the Benue State University (BSU) lecturers have been paid their earned allowance.
He urged ASUU to return to the classrooms as it would not be proper to play politics with the future of students.
“We asked them to take N30 billion and pay their members, then come back for another money, but they said no, we must give them N92 billion,” the governor said.
Suswam enjoined students to ask ASUU why it wants to ground education.
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