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ASUU Threaten To Resume Strike, As FG Fails To Fulfill Promises

It has been reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has threatened to resume the industrial action it suspended in December 2020 as a result of the Federal Government’s failure to fulfill its promises.

This was reportedly disclosed by the ASUU chairman of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Dr Ibrahim Inuwa.

According to Inuwa, ‘Only payment of salary shortfall and constitution of visitation panels to federal universities have been addressed.”

He stated that, “Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, which would have been completed within eight weeks from the date of inauguration of the committee, has up till now not been concluded even though the committee was inaugurated in December 2020.”

He made it known that, “The Federal Government of Nigeria willingly agreed that the UTAS will replace the IPPIS as a payment platform in federal universities after it passed an integrity test. However, soon after the agreement, agents of the Federal Government were doing everything possible to frustrate the coming of UTAS onboard.”

He added that, “Meanwhile, the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, through the IPPIS office, has continued to omit our members from payment of salaries, while others experience serious salary amputation. We are convinced that this is done in connivance with the university administration through the distortion of our members’ personal details.”

Inuwa agitated that, “Enough is enough. ASUU is fed up with the deceptive antics of the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

He made it known that, “The university campuses are becoming restive across the length and breadth of the country as members of the academia are threatening to shut down activities once again. This is coming as a result of the failure of the FG to implement many aspects of the Memorandum of Action it willingly signed with ASUU that ended the last strike in December 2020.”


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