ASUU threatens fresh strike, gives FG Tuesday ultimatum

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities has expressed its readiness to embark on another round of industrial action following what it called the failure of the Federal Government to implement an agreement signed with the union.
The union is giving the government till month end (Tuesday) to reach out or it will activate the procedure of embarking on strike.

The union’s President, Prof. Emmanuel
Osodeke, who disclosed this in an interview
with The PUNCH on Sunday, added that the FG no longer picked its calls.
Recall that in March 2020, ASUU embarked on a strike following its disagreement with the FG over the funding of the universities and the ineffectiveness and discrepancies around the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and others.
ASUU, however, developed the University
Transparency and Accountability Solution to
replace IPPIS and had several meetings with
the Ministries of Finance, Education, Labour
and Employment, and the Office of the
Accountant General of the Federation before it was approved but yet to be implemented.
Likewise, the FG and ASUU signed an
agreement aimed at resolving some of the
demands of ASUU, a development that led to
the suspension of the strike on December 24,
2020.
In addition, after a meeting with the FG on
August 2, 2021, Osodeke said the Nigeria
Information Technology Development Agency insisted that UTAS must be re-presented to the end users.
Also, at the meeting, Minister of Labour and
Employment, Chris Ngige, assured ASUU that
the N22bn earned allowance captured in the
2021 supplementary budget would soon be
accessed by university workers.
On the contrary, Osodeke told one of our
correspondents on Sunday that the FG had
stopped reaching out to ASUU and had failed
to implement the agreement reached.
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