The Tutorial Employees Union of Universities (ASUU), has given some circumstances to be met earlier than they droop the strike embarked upon on March 23, 2023.
ASUU stated it can droop the strike if the Federal Authorities pays their withheld salaries and completes the negotiations of what led to the strike. The union accused the federal government of attempting to make use of starvation – a weapon of struggle, to suppress its members.
The disclosure was made by ASUU’s Zonal Coordinator, Prof Ade Adejumo, whereas talking with Newsmen on the College of Ibadan on Wednesday, within the firm of Professor Moyo Ajao; Professor Ayo Akinwole, Ibadan; Dr. Femi Abanikannda from the College of Osun; Dr. Dauda Adesola from Kwara State; and Prof Olusiji Showande from Lagos State.
ASUU stated regardless of the size of time it gave the Federal Authorities to see causes, they didn’t put it to use.
Adejumo stated, “We’re able to droop the strike if the federal government pays our withheld salaries and completes the negotiations that led to the strike. Our kids too are bored with staying at house, however we can’t work on empty stomachs whereas politicians’ properties and warehouses are crammed with palliative supplies that they don’t even want.”
“Authorities is utilizing starvation to suppress us. Fairly than for Authorities to make the most of the chance of the lockdown to handle our grievances, it was throughout that lockdown that our salaries have been stopped, in order that our members might die of starvation of their varied properties. It took a excessive stage of intervention earlier than our members have been paid amputated salaries for 3 months, after which the Authorities resorted to blackmail by whipping sentiments in opposition to us whereas taking our members as enemies deserving of hunger.”
“The intellectuals are residents, not enemies however the Authorities seems to have declared struggle on us utilizing the weapon used through the struggle in opposition to adversaries – starvation. Some folks have been questioning why ASUU is on strike once more. The straightforward reply is that ASUU is on strike due to the survival of the college system, the place many people nonetheless have our kids as college students since we can’t afford to sponsor our kids overseas with our measly salaries as politicians do.”
“ASUU is on strike with the intention to restore the previous glory of public universities and tackle the infrastructural decay and deficit in our establishments. ASUU is on strike for the professional dues of its members who’re the least paid within the tertiary schooling sub-sector. For the sake of emphasis, the reality that can shock many Nigerians, which is on the market for verification, is that Chief Lecturers in some tertiary establishments, who aren’t required to oversee postgraduate college students or conduct analysis, earn greater than professors in our lopsided schooling system.”
ASUU stated there’s nothing new they’re demanding from the politicians in authorities than for them to honor their very own agreements with the union. It recalled how the federal government agreed to inject funds to revitalize our universities in 2019 and nothing has been achieved about it until this second.
The Union additionally corroborated the sooner stance of its Nationwide President, Comrade Biodun Ogunyemi, that the problem of the Built-in Payroll and Personnel Data System (IPPIS) is a distraction to the union.
It stated, “Other than IPPIS being a cesspool of corruption as many Nigerians who’re at its receiving finish have attested to; there is no such thing as a serious-minded nation on this planet the place college lecturers and mental belongings of the nation are lumped collectively in fee with the civil service. We raised this level of order when the system was launched and there was a joint group constituted to work issues out.”
“The choice, College Transparency and Accountability Answer (UTAS) that we developed, and which has been efficiently demonstrated no less than thrice to the satisfaction of presidency, remains to be being subjected to an endless means of integrity assessments. We’re being performed round like ping pong, as Authorities retains approbating and reprobating on the similar time.”
Going additional, the union stated that IPPIS is a violation of the Universities (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2003 (also called the Universities Autonomy Act No 1 2007 (as amended)) which the Nationwide Meeting signed into legislation on July 30, 2003, and subsequently gazetted by the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette Quantity 10, Quantity 94 of January 12, 2007.
What it’s best to know
ASUU launched into a nationwide industrial motion on March 23, 2020, following its dispute with the Federal Authorities over their insistence on the implementation of the IPPIS within the fee of College lecturers’ salaries and allowances, as in opposition to the ASUU-developed homegrown fee platform, UTAS, which they imagine ensures the autonomy of the college.
The Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had hinted that ASUU would quickly droop its strike, following efforts by the Ministries of Finance, Training, Labour and Employment, and the Workplace of the Accountant Basic of the Federation to fulfill with ASUU and resolve the disagreement on the controversial IPPIS.