As the Nigerian government plans to reopen the school on October 12, 2020. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has refused to accept the reopening of Universities until the Federal Government is ready to adhere to the terms of their agreement.
By Moses Nkom Shebayan
This was communicated by the ASUU President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi. He said the alleged propaganda employed by the Federal Government against the Union will not force them to shift the table.
He accused the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige of lying, that the union had suspended its six-month strike. And since all Union members have been enrolling in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) all backlog salaries of staff have been paid.
According to ASUU, the Federal Government, through the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, has unlawfully withheld five-month salaries of workers despite negotiations going on. For those who got some months being paid, there were illegal deductions that were made. There were deductions that were not remitted to the union, the government also forcefully enrolled members into the Housing Fund Scheme with consistently illegal deduction of money for this from our members’ salaries.
The Union is known to embark on a total and indefinite strike on Monday 23 March 2020 on the ground of use of force to enroll on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
Though, the union included the age-old non-implementation and compliance of agreements reached with the Federal Government dating back to 2009.
ASUU, strongly emphasized that their ongoing indefinite strike action still continues, unless the Federal Government stops its propaganda and lies on its members.