The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has deferred taking a decision to embark on industrial action following the inability of the Federal Government to meet its demands.
Its stance was made known in a communique issued at the end of its meeting, which held at the University of Abuja over the weekend.
ASUU had on 15 November issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to implement the signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) or it would resume its industrial action.
The ultimatum ended with government hardly meeting the demands of the lecturers.
The union criticised the Federal Government for not honouring the details of the 2009 agreement the duo signed, with earned allowances for lecturers and revitalisation funds being the major issues.
According to the communique signed by ASUU president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the lecturers regretted that the Federal Government had turned its back on the plan to set up an inter-ministerial committee to review the draft Renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement.
Other demands the lecturers said the government had failed to meet include the review of the NUC Act to curb the proliferation of universities by state governments who are not funding the existing ones; adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solutions (UTAS) with concurrent discontinuance of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and distortion in salary payment.
ASUU, however, noted that it decided to postpone taking any action for now following interventions from several quarters, saying it will observe how it unfolds before taking a concrete decision.
The communique partly read: “NEC was worried by the spirited efforts of government agents to reduce the demands of ASUU to a regime of intermittent payment of watered-down revitalisation fund and release of distorted and grossly devalued Earned
“ASUU shall not relent in demanding improvement in the welfare and conditions of service of our members. However, we shall resist any attempt to blackmail the union and derail our patriotic struggle for a productive university system by official propaganda founded on tokenism and crumb-sharing.
“NEC concluded that government has failed to satisfactorily address all the issues
raised in the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and subsequent MoUs and MoAs.
“However, considering the ongoing intervention and consultation efforts, NEC resolved to review the situation at a later date with a view to deciding on the next line of action.”