Education

Strike: Students anticipate as ASUU awaits FG response to demands

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had issued Tuesday ultimatum for the Federal Government to meet its demands or risks the union embarking on another round of strike.

This recent event has made many Nigerian students anticipate a fresh strike.

NewsWireNGR recalls the Union had some months ago called off a 9-month old strike which made many students spend more than the required number of years in school and some were unable to be posted for their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) program.

Reacting, students have taken to the popular microblogging platform, Twitter, to express their views. Some of them deemed it fit to express themselves better in pidgin considering the atmosphere of the platform.

@fabianjnr5: If Asuu begins strike tomorrow, I de go buy POS machine

@saifuddeen: make ASUU reason ABU ZARIA 100L students abeggg, they’ve been in 100L since 2019

@SMiTHiE___: Please if you need houseboy in your house start contacting me, ASUU will soon make their announcement today.

@_Thehunchback: If Asuu begins strike tomorrow,I’m starting Yahoo tomorrow.

@headynodey4you: ASUU is about to go on strike… My source of income is about to be taken away

@chudy_jnr: Got admission into this school in 2017 to do a 4years course. I have witnessed 2 ASUU strikes. 2018 and 2020. I just got news that another one will start on Wednesday unless Govt move body. Weytin carry me come Nigeria self

@Abaswhylz: Hwfa ASUU update?? Make I know if to do this assignment or rest

@hungryayo: ya Allah please let ASUU strike next month not next week so I would have graduated then

In an earlier report by NewsWireNGR, the chairperson, ASUU, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Dr Ibrahim Inuwa, had noted the protracted strike 9-month old strike which was to press home their demands for the continuous survival of public university system in Nigeria, was suspended in December after the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the various issues providing timelines for the implementation of each of the eight items.

He noted that since the suspension of the 9-month strike last year December, only two out of the eight issues have been addressed. He listed some of the issues to include Earned Academic Allowance, Funding for the revitalisation of public universities, Salary shortfall, Proliferation of state universities and Visitation Panel.

Others, he added, are Renegotiation, Replacement of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) with the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and withheld salaries and non-remittance of Check-off Dues.

Inuwa however noted that “only salary shortfall and visitation panels to federal universities have been addressed.”

He said, “Renegotiation of the 2009 agreement which would have been completed within eight weeks from the date of inauguration of the committee has up till now not been concluded, even though the Committee was inaugurated since December 2020.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria willingly agreed that the UTAS will replace the IPPIS as a payment platform in Federal Universities after it passed an integrity test. However, soon after the agreement, agents of the FGN are doing everything possible to frustrate the coming of UTAS onboard.

“Meanwhile the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation through the IPPIS office have continued to omit our members from payment of salaries while others experience serious salary amputation. We are convinced this is done in connivance with the University Administration through the distortion of our members’ personal details.

“In the meantime, IPPIS appears to be the corruption headquarters of the Federal Civil service, as exemplified by double payment of salaries to employees, payment of salaries to non-employees, over taxation, dubious amputation of salaries, etc.”

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