By Ismail Auwal

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Federal Government of blackmail and propaganda.

The academic union also accused the Federal Government of abandoning plans to review the draft 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement.

ASUU vowed to continue fighting for the welfare of lecturers in a statement titled ‘Enough of Blackmail,’ signed by its president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke.

Because consultations were still ongoing, the body also postponed its strike decision.

The ASUU stated once more that the Federal Government had failed to address all of the issues raised in the 2009 agreements.

“NEC was concerned by the spirited efforts of government agents to reduce ASUU’s demands to a regime of intermittent payment of watered-down revitalisation fund and release of distorted and grossly devalued Earned Academic Allowances,” the statement reads in part.

“ASUU shall not relent in demanding improvement in the welfare and conditions of service of our members. However, we shall resist any attempt to blackmail the union and derail our patriotic struggle for a productive university system by official propaganda founded on tokenism and crumb-sharing.”

“However, considering the ongoing intervention and consultation efforts, NEC resolved to review the situation at a later date with a view to deciding on the next line of action,” ASUU disclosed.

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