ASUU Threaten to go on Strike – Jesnaija

ASUU Threaten to go on Strike

Academic Staff Union of Universities Chairman,Federal University of Oye Ekiti, Oye Ekiti, Dr Gabriel Omonijo; Chairman, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Dr Adeola Egbedokun; ASUU Akure Zone Coordinator, Prof Olufayo Olu-Olu; Chairman, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Prof Olayinka Awopetu; and Chairman, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Dr Kayode Arogundade at a press conference in Ado Ekiti on the status of the December 2020 Memorandum of Action between the Federal Government and ASUU…onEarned allowance not that of an association – Education minister

Hold govt responsible if we go on another strike, say lecturer

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Monday, gave the Federal Government a 21-day ultimatum over the failure of the government to implement the agreement reached with it

This is as the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, claimed in an interview  that the union had failed to submit a breakdown of the workers entitled to the N22.1bn earned allowance

The ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, who spoke during a press briefing at the University of Abuja, blamed the Federal Government for failing to honour the agreement it signed with the union, which made it call off its strike in December 202

Recall that in March 2020, ASUU embarked on a nine-month strike following its disagreement with the Federal Government over the funding of universities and alleged ineffectiveness and discrepancies around the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and other

ASUU, however, developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution to replace the 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 it has yet to be implemente

Likewise, the government and ASUU signed an agreement aimed at addressing some of the demands of the union, a development that led to the suspension of the strike on December 23, 202

After a meeting with the government on August 2, 2021, Osodeke said the Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency insisted that the UTAS must be re-presented to the end users.0.d.s.0.s..s

Osodeke also lamented the failure of the government to fast-track the implementation of the UTAS platform, which had subjected university lecturers to inconsistencies in the payment of salaries on the IPPIS platform.

“The inconsistencies in the payment of our members via the IPPIS platform were acknowledged after the initial denial; the director of the IPPIS promised to develop a template for the resolution of the matter. However, for one reason or the other, that has not happened. The permanent solution, as we see it, is that UTAS should be fast-tracked to end the unwarranted imposition of the IPPIS on our members,” he added.

 

But the Minister of State for Education, in an interview, explained that the union failed to give a breakdown of the people to be paid.

Nwajiuba explained that the issue of payment was the responsibility of the finance ministry.

He stated, “The issue of earned allowances is individuality and not that of an association; we told them that we wanted to pay them earned allowances, because we said they earned it.

“ASUU refused to give a breakdown of the people to be paid. When we asked them, they said we should pay the money directly to the universities and the universities would in turn make the payment. First, how do you not have a breakdown of people you want to pay?

“For the first payment we made because there was an allowance we paid initially; we told ASUU that we were going to give them an accountant; there are still issues with the first allowance we paid them and we wanted those issues to be resolved. Let me tell you that ASUU and the accountant have not been able to resolve the issue. Tell them to provide a breakdown of the lecturers, who earned the allowances.”

The minister argued that ASUU knew that the Ministry of Education did not handle payments, but the union continued to attack it by shutting down schools.

Nwajuiba advised ASUU to reach out to the Federal Ministry of Finance instead.

He added, “They do not have a problem with the education ministry, but they just go ahead to shut schools down, which affects the ministry of education; they know that our ministry does not deal with payments. We are in charge of the schools.

“ASUU has reached the level where they know who and who to deal with. We don’t deal with money. The Ministry of Finance does or did they tell you that we collected the money? As for us at the education ministry, we will do what the government asks us to do; let them meet the finance ministry.”

But the ASUU president said citizens should hold the government responsible if it should embark on a strike.

Osodeke stated, “We call on all patriotic Nigerians and lovers of Nigeria to prevail on the Federal Government and state governments to act fast to prevent another round of industrial crises in Nigerian public universities.

“The Nigerian government should be held responsible should ASUU be forced to reactivate the strike it patriotically suspended on December 23, 2020.”

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