The National Universities Commission (NUC) has drawn the attention of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), that their fight against the Federal Government and among themselves is likely to collapse the system, if not resolved on time.
This was said by the NUC Executive Secretary, Abubakar Rasheed at the Second Quadrennial National Delegates Conference of SSANU, held in Abuja. The Union is planning to embark on a total and indefinite strike which will lead to a total shutdown of the university system.
Mr. Rasheed called on the President of Nigeria Labour Congress, AyubaWabba who was in attendance to ensure that they build a strong relationship between ASSU and other non-academic unions.
During the conference, the President of SSANU, Samson Ugwoke said, SSANU and NASU will not be part of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) that was introduced by ASUU.
Ugwoke, make it clear that the Joint Action Committee of SSANU and NASU has developed their payroll system known as University General and Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (UG3PS) which shall be used to replace IPPIS. They believe that the development of UTAS by ASUU is meant to sabotage the functions and responsibilities of the non-teaching staff of the university.
According to SSANU, all these are not new issues as there were agreements and memoranda of understandings in 2009, 2013, 2016, and 2018. However, the only new challenge faced by the union is, the inconsistencies in payment of salary which was a result of the introduction of IPPIS.
SSANU and NASU were enrolled into the compulsory IPPIS that was to give a unified payment system.Unfortunately, everything became worse as worker’s salary has been disorganised and distorted.
Trying to address the issue, the federal government is not willing to resolve it. This left the union with no choice than to embark on a warning strike which ended a week ago.
The Union sees the National Delegates Conference as an opportunity for the Joint Action Committee to take decisions on what line of action to take since the government has not indicated any interest in address their plight.