Osodeke said ASUU will suspend the strike, if the federal government agrees to its demands at today’s meeting.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) leadership will meet with the Nigerian government’s representatives for the nth time on Tuesday in an effort to possibly come to an agreement on the 2009 agreement that was renegotiated, among other things.
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ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke stated on Monday’s episode of “Politics Today” on Channels Television that the government has authorised the use of the University Transparency and Accountability Transparency (UTAS) in place of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU created UTAS in response to complaints that the government’s IPPIS, which was used to pay university employees’ salaries, failed to recognise the unique characteristics of the system and contained numerous errors.
The test has been completed, so the IPPIS and UTAS issue has been resolved, according to Mr. Osodeke. According to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, UTAS will be implemented to cover all universities.
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“It’s fine if the government says they are willing to sign what we negotiated when we go to that meeting tomorrow.”
Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that, Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, will discuss the status of negotiations with the striking university employees on Thursday.
ASUU strike update : Union’s Demands .
The two main demands of the striking lecturers are the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement and the replacement of IPPIS with UTAS.
The government did not implement the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement that had been reached earlier in May 2021; instead, a new committee headed by Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs was established to do so.
ASUU has denied the Ministry of Labour and Employment’s claim that it fixed its salaries and benefits in the draught agreement that Mr. Briggs-led committee submitted to the government.
The draught agreement’s contents, according to the ASUU President, were suggested by the government.
The release of the white paper of the presidential visitation panels to universities is another demand made by ASUU, along with a halt to the expansion of universities, particularly by state governments.
ASUU disputes FG’s “no fund” assertion
The government’s claim that the universities are underfunded has been refuted by the striking union, who asserts that the government only lacked the will to fund the system.
“If you have a will and believe that education is important, the government will raise any amount,” said Mr. Osodeke. This is the administration that shelled out N400 billion for trader moni. This is the same government that claimed it fed schoolchildren with N200 billion while we were on strike. That exceeds the amount of the revitalization fund that we are requesting.
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He recalled that the union had given advice to the government in 2018 about where to get money for higher education.
He claimed that the recently announced GSM tax, which the finance ministry is allegedly planning to enact, was one of the union’s recommendations to the government.
Professor Mr. Osodeke stated regarding private universities that Nigeria’s educational system has been “bastardised” by the growth of private educational institutions.
According to him, universities used to require UTME cutoff points of at least 180.
“When things in the public primary and secondary schools were going well, JAMB never got a cut off point of less than 180 to 200,” he said. Because the secondary and primary schools have been corrupted by the private sector, they are giving 120 today. A person cannot enter a university after failing once. Therefore, they will now admit JAMB failures to private universities.
Since there was no agreement with the government, ASUU has continued to extend the nationwide strike that it started on February 14.
ASUU announced an additional four-week strike extension on August 1.
That is the latest Naija News Today on Asuu Strike update, ASUU Latest News
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