Strike imminent over non-fulfillment of 2009 agreement with FG, says ASUU
Posted by News Express | 13 December 2021 | 1,181 times
By DAVID-CHYDDY ELEKE, Awka
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Owerri zone has warned the federal government of a looming industrial action over the non-fulfillment of its 2009 agreement with the union.
The Owerri zone of ASUU, in a press conference held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and addressed by its zonal coordinator, Mr Uzo Onyebinama, said it is shameful that the federal government has deliberately decided to jettison the more acceptable means of payment, Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Onyebinama, in the press conference attended by leaders of the union in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Imo State University, Owerri; Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, said the use of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) by the federal government has shut out some lecturers from receiving their salaries for up to 10 months.
“Today, while we were holding our zonal meeting, a lecturer came to us to complain that for 10 months now, he has not received his salaries. It is still a wonder to us that the federal government decided against using UTAS, despite having been subjected to all manner of tests and has scaled through.
“We have called you all here to tell you that we are saddened that having reached the end of the tunnel, we couldn’t find any light. The agents of the federal government have reneged from implementing the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement.
“As we speak, the federal government is in arrears of major components of the agreement, and that includes funding for the revitalization of public universities, earned academic allowances and the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement,” Onyebinama said.
The union said the introduction of IPPIS further compounded their woes as it resulted in mutilated salaries, promotion arrears and the non-resolution of the more favoured UTAS.
Onyebinama said the consequence of the federal government’s refusal to implement the 2009 agreement is that the union has resolved to go on an indefinite strike any moment, adding that once it begins, it will not stop until all agreements are fulfilled.
“We are being driven once again by the intransigence of the agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria to once again truncate teaching and research activities in our universities nationwide.
“The magnanimity of ASUU that resulted in various MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) and MoAs (Memorandum of Action) arising from the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement has been spurned by the federal government.
“We cannot say when the strike will start, because we need to take our time to prepare. But once we start, there will be no looking back. We once again alert Nigerians that unless FG strives to sincerely resolve these issues, there will be no rest for all of us,” he said. (THISDAY)