ASUU Strike: “Provide Evidence Of 200 Billion Naira Payment” – Lawyer Tells Government

The Nigerian government has been asked to make the evidence of the 200 billion Naira it claims to have paid into a Central Bank Account, as agreed with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), public.

This call was made after the government spokesman, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said that the Federal Government had deposited the money into a CBN Account, as it was previously agreed with the union.

But a public affairs analyst, Mr. Victor Odunaiya, described the statement as a strategy by the government to find justification for its actions, insisting that an evidence is required.

“The government has not complied with the agreement and it is insincerity on their part,” he told Channels Television on Wednesday’s edition of Sunrise Daily.

Mr. Odunaiya, urged the FG to send a copy of the evidence of payment to the ASUU leaders.

“The government says it has made payment but ASUU is not notified. If they were notified then they would not be justified for continuing the strike.”

‘Political Language’

“What is wrong with Okupe bringing a copy of the payment and handing it over to the union or what is wrong with the CBN Governor, Lamido Sanusi, calling the leadership of the union to confirm payment?” he questioned.

Odunaiya, who is also a lawyer, said that since 2009, the Government had not deemed it feat to meet their obligations towards the union.

“How do you expect them to accept oral speech or comments?” 
he also questioned.

The lawyer supported the view that an agreement should be enforceable among the parties that reached the agreement and must carry in it clauses that would ensure its enforcement.

Mr. Odunaiya called on both the government and the union to reconsider their positions as the parents and students are suffering from the current situation.
Source: Channels TV


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