ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi
The Academic Workers Union of Universities, on Monday, declared a total and indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Executive to win to the 2019 Memorandum of Circulate and over the lingering disaster on the Built-in Personnel and Payroll Info Plan.
The union’s Nationwide President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, launched the strike at a briefing in its Nationwide Secretariat, Abuja, noting that the strike used to be determined by its Nationwide Executive Council after an emergency assembly.
The union had begun a two-week warning strike on March 9 and the motion elapsed on Monday, which had now led the university lecturers to a corpulent-blown strike.
Ogunyemi mentioned the union anticipated the Federal Executive to tackle its issues at some level of the warning strike but that did now not happen.
The PUNCH reports that the 5 contentious issues within the 2019 MoA are; revitalisation fund for universities, renowned earned academic allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, the proliferation of universities in particular by pronounce governments and establishment of visitation panels to universities.
Also, the IPPIS disaster started around October 2019, after the union accused some Vice-Chancellors of forcing its contributors to enroll on the IPPIS platform.
The union moreover in November 2019 berated the Role of enterprise of the Accountant-General of the Federation for threatening to serve the salaries of its contributors over IPPIS, adding that it will now not be moved by such threats.
ASUU had moreover insisted that it had an different mannequin to IPPIS, the College Transparency and Accountability Resolution which it suggested the Federal Executive to undertake for the colleges.
The union had in February 2020 met with the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on the IPPIS disaster and thereafter met with the President, Predominant-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
No matter the conferences, the Federal Executive had insisted that the union needed to enroll on the platform, prompting the union to serve yet any other executive assembly on March 8 on the Enugu Dispute College of Science and Abilities, Enugu Dispute.
The union thereafter launched a two-week warning strike on March 9, on the lingering IPPIS disaster, and the 2019 MoA.
At the expiration of the strike on Monday, ASUU President, Ogunyemi, at a briefing in Abuja, mentioned the union had commenced a “total, entire and indefinite strike motion” as a consequence of the failure of the manager to tackle its issues.
Ogunyemi mentioned, “The manager has suggested ASUU that it now accepts the union’s proposal on UTAS with the given timelines for corpulent construction; one, arrangement construction, six months; two, alpha trying out, three months; three, beta trying out, six months; four, stable liberate, three months. Alternatively, the enchantment of the manager to abet ASUU contributors enroll in IPPIS within the intervening duration before the corpulent construction of UTAS used to be rejected as a booby entice.
“ASUU rejects the utility of force on our contributors to join IPPIS no matter the patriotic evidence confirmed by the union to give a extra credible different to IPPIS.
“Our resolution – Comrades and compatriots, it used to be difficult for the Nationwide Executive Council to acquire some painful choices in its closing assembly. Our wish used to be that the manager would satisfactorily tackle issues that gave upward push to the warning strike which used to be billed to full on the present time. Alternatively, we’re now not yet there as a nation – a misfortune through which tranquil contrivance, instead of threats may presumably possibly be adopted to unravel the financial harmony.
“So the resolution of this emergency NEC assembly is as follows; Essentially based totally on the review of the reports from ASUU leadership’s engagements with the manager, NEC concluded that the manager had did now not satisfactorily tackle the renowned issues raised within the FGN-ASUU 2019 MoA and disregarded the objections of ASUU towards IPPIS. As a consequence, NEC resolved to embark on a total, entire and indefinite strike motion foundation from Monday, March 23, 2020, till the issues are satisfactorily resolved.”