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ASUU Threaten Another Strike

ASUU Threaten Another Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to embark on another strike over an unpaid N22 billion allowance. Information Guide Nigeria

According to BUSINESS HALLMARK, ASUU has given the Federal Government of Nigeria a gave Nigeria a 21-day ultimatum to implement the agreement reached with it or it would embark on another industrial action.

The President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke made this threat during a press briefing at the University of Abuja.

BUSINESS HALLMARK reports that the president accused the government of failing to honour the agreement it signed with the union, which made it call off its strike in December 2020.

Recall that in March 2020, the Union 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 among other things.
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However, the union developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution to replace the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

The Union also held 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 is yet to be implemented.

According to BUSINESS HALLMARK, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke said, “The N30bn revitalisation fund for public universities purported to be kept in a dedicated account at the Central Bank of Nigeria has yet to be disbursed even when a majority of the vice-chancellors have successfully defended their proposals as a condition of accessing the fund.

“The government gave the assurance that the fund would be paid by the end of October. Surprisingly, this is November 15 and nothing has been heard from the government about it.

“At the meeting with the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, the ES said the N22.17bn earned allowances had been appropriated in the 2021 budget based on the weighted average of the annual salary appropriated for each university.

“It was then agreed that the Ministry of Education would take one week, while the Ministry of Finance would take till the end of October to effect payment, but surprisingly till now, nothing has been done. Jamb Results

“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.”

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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