We may resume strike — ASUU warns FG
We may resume strike — ASUU warns FG. ASUU launched into an indefinite strike final March over the non-implementation of agreements the federal government reached with it in 2009. It additionally raised considerations about earned educational allowances (EAA) and funding for public universities.
The union had additionally opposed the adoption of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) whereas presenting its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a various payroll software programs.
The strike was later suspended “conditionally” in December 2020 following a sequence of negotiations with the federal authorities.
Attahiru Ndanitsa, the ASUU chairman on the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, mentioned the federal government has failed to fulfill the December 31 deadline it had set for itself in the direction of addressing the problems that prompted the economic motion.
He warned that the following line of motion as said by Biodun Ogunyemi, the union’s president, is likely to be to renew the suspended strike with none discover to the federal government.
“It might happen. In the suspension, we made it clear that if FG reneges on the agreements, we might resume. We didn’t call off the strike. We only suspended it, hoping things would be done based on the timeline given,”
“The timeline expired on December 31 and the federal government has accomplished none of these items it agreed to.
“The cost of our withheld salaries has not been accomplished, other than the preliminary two months they paid out of the six months. They had agreed to pay the steadiness on or earlier than the thirty-first. Our members are nonetheless hungry.
“And they anticipate us to return to class. They promised they have been going to settle all of the arrears of EAA and so they’ve not till now. They additionally promised to launch the revitalization fund for public universities, which is N30 billion.
“The step ahead is clearly said within the president’s press launch. We don’t have to notify anybody to renew the strike and we’re more likely to resume it. We will advise the dad and mom to not ship their youngsters to high school but.
“This is because we will not resume classes if FG ends up reneging on any of the agreements. It’s that simple.”
In his half, Moyosore Ajao, ASUU chairman on the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), mentioned one other strike is likely to be imminent if the federal government doesn’t present sufficient dedication to its agreements with lecturers.
He, nevertheless, disclosed that the union’s nationwide govt council (NEC) is but to deliberate on what to do subsequent.
“For now, ASUU’s NEC has not deliberated on what to do. It’s still premature for any chairperson to say ASUU will go back on strike. But you’re aware the suspension of the strike was conditional,” the ASUU chairman defined.
“If FG doesn’t present sufficient religion, it would lead to one other strike. It is the assumption of ASUU that FG will reside as much as the settlement that they signed. The authorities gave that deadline you heard of. It wasn’t ASUU forcing them.
“It’s one thing they prepared mentioned they might do. Journalists ought to ask FG why they’ve not been in a position to meet up?
“Why are salaries not paid? How about the EAA? Chris Ngige is in the best position to answer these questions. We have done our part and we shall be waiting so that Nigerians will know that ASUU is not the problem here.”
Efforts to achieve Ogunyemi to touch upon the newest improvement proved abortive as his cellphone quantity remained unreachable.
But when contacted to talk on the federal authorities’ December 31 deadline, Ben Goong, the ministry of schooling’s spokesperson, expressed considerations in regards to the union’s calls for.
He additionally puzzled why lecturers can be at residence for practically 12 months but demand for wage arrears.
“What fears are we talking about when ASUU has been on strike for one year? Have they even resumed? What is the definition of salary? Salary is payment for work done. Has anyone done any job anywhere?” Goong requested.
“We say these items as a result of we’re in Nigeria. Elsewhere, no person sits at residence and comes again to say wage.
“How can anyone be at residence one 12 months, but, say ‘pay me salary arrears’? It can by no means be a wage. You are likely to be paid some cash however it can’t be a wage. I anticipate journalists to be those asking ASUU these questions.
“There must be an in-depth evaluation of the place journalists are those asking the federal government to not pay salaries for work not accomplished. ASUU has been on strike for one 12 months and hasn’t even returned to work.
“On what to expect, you have to find out from ASUU’s leadership. The federal government didn’t declare any strike. If they’re continuing or if they will call off as promised, that is what you should be asking, not about salary arrears.”
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