The Academic Staff Union of Universities has urged the Federal Government to release the N 25 bn it approved for lecturers.
ASUU President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi , made the demand during a valedictory lecture and book presentation by the former Vice – Chancellor of Michael Okpara University , Umudike, Prof Ikenna Onyido , at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University , Awka , Anambra State , on Saturday.
He said the union was getting impatient with the FG over the delay in releasing the money .
However , Ogunyemi denied reports they were planning to embark on strike over the matter .
He said , “ ASUU has not said it is going on strike . What we said was the reported N 25 bn the Federal Government said it had approved , we ’ ve not seen it .
“ When we signed the Memorandum of Action with government on February 7 , we agreed that by February 28 , the N 25 bn would be released , and government signed it . We have yet to see it three months after .
“ That ’ s why we ’ re saying that government has defaulted and if our members come up with any decision because government has defaulted , the leadership can ’ t stop them . That ’ s the challenge we have .
“ We ’ re only calling on Nigerians to prevail on government to make good its promises and not just to tell us about paper release . Let ’ s see the actual release . ”