The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has again restated the need for the Federal
Government to implement the ASUU/FGN agreement reached by both parties in 2009.
The Nsukka Zone of ASUU comprising five universities, which made the demand for the implementation of the Agreement after a meeting, it held in Makurdi on Wednesday, noted that the non-implementation of the Agreement has compounded the challenges faced by universities.
Under the agreement, the Federal and State Governments who were to be the major source of funding for the universities were to jointly release to the universities about N3 trillion
between 2009 and 2011 for the smooth running of the institutions.
The Agreement stated: “All regular Federal Universities shall require the sum of one trillion,
five hundred and eighteen billion, three hundred and thirty-one million, five hundred and forty-five thousand, three hundred and four naira (N1,518,331,545,304)” during the period.
On the other hand, “Each state university shall require three million, six hundred and eighty
thousand and eighteen Naira(N3,680,018) per student for the period 2009 –2011.”
Speaking on the issue, Prof. Suleiman Muhammed, the Acting Zonal Coordinator,
Nsukka Zone of ASUU, told Independent that the five universities that make up the zone decided
to re-echo the need to implement the 2009 Agreement in order to save the universities from
The five universities are the Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi; Federal University of
Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM); Kogi State University; the Enugu State University as well as the
University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).
Prof. Muhammed explained: “The shortfall in personnel cost to federal public universities, non-payment of salaries in state universities and
flagrant breaches of the 2009 ASUU/FGN Agreement, has not only thrown workers in the public universities into very serious problems but has also financially embarrassed these categories of workers thus compounding the woes of university workers who have had to cope with poor welfare, office accommodation, research work, teaching and learning condition.”
He therefore urged the Federal Government to ensure the restoration as well as the release of
the full personnel cost including arrears to all public universities.