Nigeria: ASUU Threatens Strike Over Govt's Failure to Implement Agreement

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to embark on strike over the failure of the federal government to implement the agreement it signed with the union last year.

Strike by the union over a dispute related to a payroll system and the government's subsequent non-payment of staff salaries stretched for ten months. It called off the strike in December 2020 after a deal with the federal government.

ASUU's Chairman, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi chapter, Dr Ibrahim Ibrahim Inuwa, while addressing newsmen yesterday in the school explained that university campuses were becoming tense and restive across the country.

He said the strike action was suspended in December 2020 after signing a Memorandum of Action (MoA) by the two parties on the various issues, providing timelines for the implementation of each item in the agreement.

"Only two of the items have been addressed," he said.

Inuwa explained that the other items that the federal government failed to implement included Earned Academic Allowance (EAA), funding for revitalisation of public universities, proliferation of state universities, renegotiation and replacement of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) with University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

He added that the timeline for the release of the next tranche of EAA stipulated for May 2021 has lapsed with dead silence from the federal government.

He further revealed that the federal government willingly agreed that the UTAS would replace IPPIS as a payment platform in federal universities after it passed an integrity test.

However, soon after the agreement, agents of the federal government were doing everything possible to frustrate the coming of UTAS onboard, he added.

He further disclosed that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), through the IPPIS office, has continued to omit their members from payment of salaries while others experience serious salary amputation.

Inuwa noted that it was obvious that the Office Accountant General is deliberately omitting their members from payment of salaries and withholding check of dues as a ploy for victimisation and coercion to enroll ASUU members into IPPIs.

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