Union New Demands Responsible For New Rule- FG

The Federal Government had claimed it decided to go tough on ASUU because the union made fresh demands in its letter to the government as a condition for calling off the lingering strike action.

ASUU had demanded payment of the four-month salary arrears of its members from July when the strike commenced and the release of N200bn that President Goodluck Jonathan promised to inject into the University system within the next two weeks.

The union also said the agreement reached between it and the Federal Government should be signed by the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation.

Though the President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Faggae, refused to pick his calls and also did not respond to a text message sent to him on the latest development, the Enugu State Police Command confirmed that its men had been directed to man Universities to quell any protest that might result from the Federal Government’s order on lecturers to resume work on or before Wednesday.

The command toldSaturday PUNCH that police officers had also been directed to be stationed at the Universities to forestall any disturbance from various groups or lecturers on Monday.

“There is no cause for alarm and we are combat ready in the event of any violence or disturbance,” the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, said.

Also, the Police Public Relations Officer, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Etim Dickson, confirmed that the police had been mandated to provide security for lecturers that want to resume work against molestation by their other colleagues, who may not want them to do so.

“We are not going to their houses to force them to come and teach in the Universities. Even though the Federal Government has taken a stance, we are not in the military rule to molest lecturers,” he said.

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