ASUU advises FG over fuel pump price increase

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By Muhammad Adam

Yola – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has advised the Federal Government review the recent increase in fuel pump price.

Mr Augustine Ndaghu, Yola Zonal Coordinator of the Union, gave the advice during a press conference in Yola on Monday.

Ndaghu observed that the price increase was announced by the Federal Government at a wrong time when people were struggling survive following the outbreak of Coronavirus.

“This is not the right time for government declare the fuel pump price increase because people are currently struggling to survive the COVID-19 economic meltdown,” Ndaghu said.

On the lingering negotiations between the union and the government that led the ongoing industrial dispute, the coordinator accused government of insincerity.

He said that it was government’s inaction recognise and implement various agreements signed between the two that led to the shutdown of the public universities in the country.

“Federal Government continue ignore the outstanding issues in the FG/ASUU Memorandum of Action of Feb. 7, 2019.

“Government refused take action on several letters written by the union, again government abandoned the path of dialogue on IPPIS since 2013,” he said.

He lamented the coercion of their members into IPPIS with no recourse the peculiarities of the Nigerian university system.

Ndaghu called on parents and students understand the current and action which was meant to salvage the Nigerian university system.

“Our stand is to salvage our universities from the current fate of the Nigerian public primary and secondary schools,” he added.