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ASUU Threatens To Resume Strike

By Florence Ebebe, Education Editor

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to resume its recently suspended strike over victimization of members and non-payment of salaries.

A statement by the chairman of University of Ibadan branch of ASUU, Prof. Ayo Akinwole accused the Federal Government of victimizing its members and deliberately withholding their salaries for up to 10 months.

The union expressed regret that despite suspending strike on December 24, 2020 on the understanding that its members would not be victimised for their role in the last strike, many lecturers were still being owed salaries of between two and 10 months.

Akinwile said the government’s refusal to remit deductions it made to the account of the union was a plan to stifle ASUU, warning that members could be forced to withdraw down tools again if pushed to the wall.

The statement reads, “While ASUU as a union, and her members as individuals in various branches have remained faithful to this agreement by returning to classes and performing their respective duties, the Federal Government, true to type, has reneged on its part

“Contrary to FGN affirmation of its commitment to pay all withheld salaries of ASUU members who have not enrolled in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information system (IPPIS),three months after the suspension of Strike, thousands of ASUU members across various branch are still being owed salaries.”

“Instead of deploying the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) software developed by ASUU, which has been adjudged effective for payment of salaries, some of our members are still being denied their salaries and others are being coerced by agents of government to register on the repressive IPPIS for payment of salaries.

“The Union ASUU and her members are made to suffer from all the aforementioned attacks by the federal government while the public expects our members, some of who now live on the charity of family members and colleagues for survival to use their personal resources to discharge their duties diligently in the universities.

“These harsh conditions would have terrible consequences on public tertiary education in Nigeria and when push eventually comes to shove, as it definitely will in no distant future, the Nigerian public should accordingly blame the Federal Government for its insincerity.

“Blame the federal government of Nigeria if the universities are shut down again.”

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