The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that the N55 billion disbursed by the federal government to tertiary institutions may not be enough to stop the planned strike action.
The aforementioned amount is part of the government's move towards fulfilling parts of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the body but ASUU says it is a “paltry of the billions of naira of owed revitalisation funds and earned academic allowance (EAA).”
In a statement issued at the end of its Southwest zonal meeting held on Tuesday at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Adelaja Odukoya, the coordinator of the zone, revealed that part of the conditions to avert the strike is for the government “to immediately end the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for universities and sign the renegotiated agreement document completed in May 2021.”
ASUU said the federal government is deliberately attempting “to further entrench the impoverishment of Nigerian academics and public universities in the country".
“Unfortunately, our country has in place a representative of the ruling class that continues to demonstrate, without any atom of remorse, the penchant not to honour agreements reached with our Union, and indeed their overall pledge to the Nigerian people", Odukoya said.
The new development comes nine days shy of a year that ASUU suspended its 9-month strike which had an adverse effect on academic activities across universities in the country.
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