The Academic Staff Union of Universities will meet with the Federal Government today to discuss its ongoing strike action, according to Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s national president.
Since the conclusion of the renegotiation meeting chaired by Prof. Nimi Briggs, STECHITEGIST Media had stated, the government had not made an effort to discuss its choice with the union’s leaders.
The president also gave the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, a two-week deadline to meet the concerns of ASUU after the Briggs committee’s ASUU report was submitted.
But even though the two weeks passed three weeks ago, nothing was done to prevent a one-month extension of the strike, which began on August 1, 2022.
As a result, Osodeke claimed the union was willing to call off the strike if the Federal Government acceded to its demands at today’s meeting when he appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today show, which Stechitegist Media was watching on Monday. He declared, “The strike will be called off if we go into that meeting tomorrow and the government says what you have bargained for, we are willing to sign.”
In a previous interview, Osodeke denounced the dishonest actions the government was carrying out using the rejected Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system by university unions.
We have been yelling that IPPIS is a hoax for the entire time, he added. We told them that for 16 years, they had been stealing our money with IPPIS, and they had punished our members as a result. Now that they are aware of it, the masses were obliged to accept it.
After the Federal Government rejected some of ASUU’s demands, including the release of funds for university revitalization, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers, ASUU began its ongoing strike on February 14, 2022.
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