The Academic Staff of Union (ASUU) insists on getting their deserved due from the Federal Government without IPPIS related conditions as a criteria in suspending the ongoing strike in the country.
The information was announced on sunday evening in Abuja by ASSU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, he made it clear that the strike will proceed if the demands of ASUU are not met.
In the statement on Sunday, ASUU explained it’s efforts to allow youths return to schools and get quality education.
“Our Union is struggling to ensure that the children of the poor, who cannot afford the prohibitive cost paid in private universities or do not have opportunities to study outside Nigeria, get quality education which is not priced beyond their reach.”
“This will only happen when government adequately funds public universities and addresses the rot and decay in them. ASUU has shifted positions in some respects.”
“For instance, our members have reduced their demand of one tranche N220bn of the outstanding revitalization fund by 50 per cent.”
“The Union has also agreed that N30bn out of the so far verified arrears of N40bn of the Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) be paid to our members, while the balance of N10bn could be spread over the next two tranches. We were equally making steady progress on other issues,” Prof Ogunyemi sighted.
The Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) has been proposed by the NUC to the Federal universities, which is in its final testing days with the NITDA. The strategy was created by ASUU members unlike the World Bank funded IPPIS, he added.
“Last Thursday, 5th November, 2020, the National Universities Commission (NUC) facilitated the presentation of UTAS to Vice-Chancellors and Bursars of federal universities. All questions raised at the four levels of presentation of UTAS were satisfactorily answered.”
“With the full cooperation of the concerned agencies, the final test with NITDA could be completed as a matter of days and UTAS adopted in place of IPPIS in our universities.
“ASUU disagrees with government on the use of IPPIS during the so-called transition period. In practical terms, there is no transition period if government is sincere,” Prof Ogunyemi said.”
ASUU accuses Abubakar Malami, the Attorney General of the Federation, to have illegally taken hold of deducted union due in the past 9 months and demands that the Federal Government release all its dues without IPPIS system in place.
“But, in furtherance of the attack on ASUU, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) has illegally seized all the deducted union check-off dues of our members in the last nine months.
“So, government should release all what is due to ASUU members and the union without the conditionality of IPPIS.
“That would enable us conclude on the outstanding five demands including revitalization, EAA, renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement, inauguration of the Visitation Panels.
“Others are proliferation of State universities and governance issues in them to pave way for the quick resolution of the lingering crisis.”