The ASUU Academic Staff Union of Universities has said that it will not call off its eight-month-old strike until all withheld wages are paid by the federal government and all concessions offered to the union so far are fulfilled.
The Federal Government promised to pay N40 billion as Received Allowance and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system in its recent offers to ASUU leadership, taking the total payment to N70 billion.
The government has decided to resolve the lecturers’ salary arrears before December 2020 but after adequate consultation with the government.
The Federal Government has also acknowledged ASUU’s request to be removed from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) before its new payment system, the University Transparency, and Accountability Solution, has been approved (UTAS).
ASUU Chief, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said none of the commitments have been fulfilled in a conversation with Journalists and until they are, the union would not call off the strike that began this year in March.
We are still consulting, but we will definitely report the conclusions and input from our members to the Minister before the end of this week. The deals that people are talking about are eternal ideas, and some of these things are supposed to happen. I think the process would go smoother if those items that they promised with the timetable will occur before we finish our consultation.
The reimbursement of the wages of our representatives who have not been compensated is a concrete example. I don’t think anybody would be able to go back to work and other items that have a timetable that we want the government to introduce if people are not paid.
You don’t expect people to go back to the classroom on an empty stomach after eight months. Where we are, that is.
We will return to the government before the end of this new week but we continue to tell them every time they contact us that they the government) should fulfill their own part of the deal, things that have timelines.