- ASUU Adamant, Says Strike Continues.
Parents and students’ hopes for an early reopening of public universities were dashed on Tuesday when the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) insisted that the strike would not end until the Federal Government signed the renegotiated agreement and approved the use of the Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a payment platform.
The union further claimed that Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, was to blame for the protracted strike.
Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the president of ASUU, told news reporters in Abuja that the union needed to provide clarifications on some of the claims made by the minister.
He reiterated that the strike wouldn’t stop until the Federal Government signed the revised agreement, accepted UTAS as the replacement for the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System (IPPIS), released the revitalization fund, and addressed other issues as they came up.
He continued by saying that ASUU is prepared to call off the strike on the day the government upholds its half of the deal and that Ngige should be removed from the Federal Government’s negotiating team. On February 14, ASUU began a four-week warning strike. By March 14, the union had extended the industrial action by an additional two months to give the government time to accede to all of its demands.
Because the Federal Government had yet to put the agreements agreed with the union into effect, ASUU decided to extend its rollover strike by another three months on May 9.
On Tuesday, Osodeke spoke to journalists and emphasised the importance of keeping Nigerians and supporters of education informed about the status of the ongoing nationwide strike. He challenged Nigerians to hold Ngige accountable for the protracted strike and refuted the minister’s assertion that ASUU and the government had not reached an agreement.
Following the ongoing closure of Nigeria’s public colleges, the union president announced that lecturers would fully participate in the two-day statewide protest called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). The NLC has set Tuesday and Wednesday as the dates for the nationwide demonstration.
The president of ASUU criticised the expansion of universities that were unable to receive adequate funding from both the federal and state governments. Malam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, was given the duty of seeing that the disputed issues were swiftly handled within two weeks as instructed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Following a briefing from government representatives involved in the talks with ASUU on Tuesday, President Buhari gave Adamu two weeks to find a solution to the ongoing strike.
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