ASUU threatens to embark on strike over failure of FG to implement agreement
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has given the federal government the ultimatum of Tuesday 31st August to reach out or it will activate the procedure of embarking on another round of industrial strike.
The union’s President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this in an interview on Sunday.
According to the Punch, Osodeke revealed that the government has stopped talking with ASUU and has failed to implement the agreement signed with the union.
He added that ASUU is ready to embark on another round of industrial action to protest the government’s failure.
He said, “The government has refused to reach out to us. Government officials have stopped. In fact, they don’t take our calls again. Nigerians should tell the government to do what they agreed to do.
“We signed an agreement and even in May, we reached a final agreement; this is August and nothing has been implemented. Does it make any sense? We are giving them till the end of August and after that, we start the procedures.”
Recall that ASUU had embarked on a strike in March 2020.
ASUU said the strike came as a result of its disagreement with the FG over the funding of the universities and the ineffectiveness and discrepancies around the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and others.
ASUU, however, developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution to replace IPPIS and had several meetings with the government officials before it was approved but yet to be implemented.
Likewise, the FG and ASUU signed an agreement aimed at resolving some of the demands of ASUU, a development that led to the suspension of the strike on December 24, 2020.