BY LEVI JOHNSON
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Saturday urged the Federal Government to immediately remit their deducted salaries that were yet unremitted.
It specifically accused the Federal Government of non-remittance of third party deduction from the salaries of its members in January 2020.
Speaking in this regards, the Zonal Coordinator, ASUU Sokoto zone, Jamilu Shehu also warned that nonpayment of February salaries of its members is another issue that can cause disaffection.
”The outstanding issues in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) of 7th February 2019 have equally remained unattended to.
“Mr President, as a visitor to federal universities, [should] constitute and activate visitation panel to all universities and direct that the outcomes be fully implemented,” he said
He said there was the need for government to declare a five-year state of emergency in the education sector during which at least 6 per cent of the GDP or 26 per cent of the budget and that of the state’s are allocated to the education sector.
The body also called for a “reconstitution of governing councils that have served their terms and appointment of substantive Vice-chancellors in universities where some individuals currently serve in an acting capacity.”
The federal government had vowed not to pay salaries of ASUU members not registered in the Integrated Payment and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
But ASUU declared a two-week warning strike last Monday to challenge government’s stand.
There have been meetings between parties since then to resolve issues raised.
The ongoing two-week warning strike embarked upon by ASUU will continue as the Federal Government gave conditions to integrate the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) being proposed by the Union into the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).