The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has vowed that it will embark on national industrial action, over what it described as the not serious and none commitment to agreement by the Federal government.
The umbrella body for Nigerian universities lecturers alleged, that the agreement which it reached with the Federal government, that led to the calling off of strike on 24 December 2020, was not been honored by the government.
ASUU, alleged that, while it agreed with the Federal government that none of its members should be victimized and outstanding salaries should be paid, the Federal government has not kept to the promise.
Speaking to newsmen on Sunday, the University of Ibadan, ASUU, branch Chairman, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, lamented that the Federal government does not take education serious, as many staff according to him are still being owed salaries from two to ten months.
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Prof. Ayo Akinwole said: “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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