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ASUU Threatens To Resume Strike Over FG Failures To 10 Months Salaries

BY DAYO ADESULU

The relative academic peace that greeted the academic session across public universities in Nigeria would soon be truncated as the  Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU on Sunday has threatened to proceed on another strike if the Federal Government fails to honour their agreements.

ASUU authorities vowed to resume its suspended strike over non-payment of lecturers salaries.

Speaking in this regards, Prof. Ayo Akinwole,the chairman, University of Ibadan branch of ASUU, in a statement on Sunday said the Federal Government should be held responsible if lecturers proceed on strike again.

According to him, many lecturers are still being owed salaries of between two and 10 months.

ASUU 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 the 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.

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“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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