The Academic Staff Union of Universities has declared a warning strike following the refusal of the Federal Government to meet their demands.
The strike was announced by the academic union’s President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, after a two-day meeting of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC). Prof. Osodeke calls the strike ‘comprehensive and total’ and commences with immediate effect on Monday, 14th February 2022.
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Recall that the union had expressed grievances over the failure of the Federal Government to fulfil some of the agreements it made as far back as 2009 and having had several unfruitful meetings, the union had threatened an indefinite strike in a statement on the 4th February 2022.
The union’s president noted that the strike could have been avoided if the Federal Government had been responsive. Some of their demands include the revitalization of public universities, earned allowance, improved funding of state universities, and promotion arrears.
They also requested the replacement of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) with its own University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) in the payment of emoluments to its member.
Prof. Osodeke said, “We don’t like to see our students at home. We don’t want our academic calendars disrupted but our demands are not met.
“NEC resolved to embark on the four-week roll-over total and comprehensive strike as the government has failed to implement the Memorandum of Action it signed with the ASUU in December 2020.
“We invite all lovers of education to join our struggle for a greater Nigeria. Nigerian politicians keep proliferating educational institutions without prioritizing education. ASUU will not relent in its historic responsibility of advocating an improved university system.
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“This is because it holds the key to our collective prosperity and better future for our children and our children’s children; so, let us work together to fix it.”
He also urged the Federal Government to intervene in the unpaid earned academic allowances of its members by the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University.
“We have an agreed template with the Federal Government but the VC refused to pay. Failure to pay using that template is a misappropriation. He should be cautioned,” Prof. Osodeke said.