The Federal Government explained why it had not paid the University Revitalisation Fund and met other demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who stated this in an interview said the government was working hard to ensure the release of the revitalisation fund by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
But ASUU, in its reaction, dismissed the minister’s explanation, saying the government was being dishonest in its justification of the delay in paying the revitalisation fund.
On August 2, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the government had paid the revitalisation fund as contained in the Memorandum of Action signed with the lecturers.
He, however, said the money was in the custody of the CBN pending the conclusion of the audit.
While claiming that government officials had stopped taking the calls of the ASUU members, Osodeke also said the union had given the government till today to meet its demands.