In what look like the proverbial dog going back to eat its vomit, the Federal Government have chickened out of earlier threats to sack all Academic and Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members who fails to resume for work on December 9th.
Backing out on such order earlier given by the Minister of Education, Nyewesom Wike, the Special Adviser on public affairs to the Nigeria President, Mr Doyin Okupe while briefing newsmen in Abuja today noted that they were withdrawing the ultimatum issued to ASUU because of appeal made to them by well meaning Nigerians and substantial compliance with the directive by some members of the striking lecturers.
“Right now, the issue of ultimatum is not a matter for discussion anymore. There has been substantial compliance nationwide. If I say you must return to work on the 9th and 70% of the people that I am talking to have returned to work, that is substantial compliance”, Okupe stated.
The Presidency told the newsmen of their compliance with ASUU demands, brandishing a CBN letter which was signed by the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Tunde Lemo and addressed to the Accountant General of the Federation, confirming that the total sum of two hundred billion Naira was the balance paid into a Revitalization of Universities Infrastructure Account
It is however laughable on the statement by the Presidency on the purported ASUU compliance with their ultimatum as more than ninety Universities visited by Elombah.com completely contradicts the Federal Government claim. Majority of the Universities were under keys and lock, while the few lecturers we met stated that they were in school for other business, not for lecture.
ASUU had mockingly asked the government to issue them their sack letter.