The incessant and prolonged strike actions by the Academic Staff Union of Universities has driven some its members to resort to prayers for a resolution.
On Tuesday, both Christian and Muslim members of the ASUU chapter at the Taraba State University held different prayer sessions, crying to God for intervention over the prolonged strike.
NewsWireNGR recalls that ASUU had on March 23 begun an indefinite strike over the Federal Government’s insistence on implementing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, which the government said all its employees must adopt for their salaries to be paid. The union was insisting that the N30bn Earned Academic Allowances offered by the Federal Government would be for its members alone, a demand the government team said was not feasible.
Former Vice-Chairman of the Taraba university union, Mbave Joshua, believes the prolonged strike was not ordinary. He says at this point, God needs to touch the hearts of individuals and groups responsible for the non-resolution of issues concerning the union. “We have no other choice at this point than to turn to God for intervention because we have exhausted all other means to resolve the issues,” he said.
“Apart from the nation-wide strike action over IPPIS and other issues, we have serious internal matters with the management and with funding of the university. Our members have gone for two months without salary and without any explanation for such action from the Taraba government and university management.” He lamented
Meanwhile, the meeting between ASUU and the Federal Government ended in a stalemate for the third time on Wednesday, as the parties again failed to resolve the issues around the payment platform for salaries and other benefits.
Besides opposing the IPPIS, the union also accused the FG of not abiding by agreements both sides signed a few years ago.
At their resumed meeting in Abuja on Wednesday which lasted for over two hours, the parties could not resolve the contentious issues around the payment system to be deployed.
NewsWireNGR gathered that ASUU was still insisting on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution which it developed as an alternative to the IPPIS.
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