The Tutorial Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) has vowed to proceed its indefinite strike regardless of the order by President Muhammadu Buhari that the withheld salaries of lecturers in federal universities be paid.
ASUU referred to as the strike on March 23 after the federal government in February stopped the salaries of federal college lecturers who didn’t enrol within the centralised cost platform for federal authorities staff.
However at a gathering with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, President Buhari directed that the withheld salaries be paid urgently, in accordance with a report by Vanguard newspaper on Wednesday.
The minister additionally mentioned vice-chancellors had been requested to revalidate the affected lecturers’ Financial institution Verification Numbers and ahead them to the workplace of the Accountant-Normal of the Federation for the funds.
ASUU has been locked in a protracted dispute with the Nigerian authorities over the refusal of the college lecturers to hitch within the Built-in Payroll and Personnel Info System (IPPIS).
The IPPIS is the federal government’s accountability software program that has been made obligatory for all public establishments, primarily for personnel payroll. ASUU is against using IPPIS for lecturers, saying it doesn’t think about among the peculiar operations of universities.
The lecturers’ union then developed a prototype of the IPPIS, referred to as College Transparency and Accountability Resolution (UTAS), which it needs the federal government to undertake for universities.
Offended with the federal government for not implementing their agreements and different points, the union launched into an indefinite strike, arguing that the implementation of the IPPIS was in opposition to the FG-ASUU 2009 settlement.
Reacting to the cost of withheld salaries, the Nationwide President of ASUU, Abiodun Ogunyemi, in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday afternoon, mentioned the cost would pave method for significant engagement with authorities.
“Within the first place, there was no motive to cease the salaries of our members. Our members labored in February and partly March so they’re entitled to their salaries and so why ought to they cease the salaries of our members aside from victimisation for IPPIS,” he mentioned
In line with him, we will now focus on with out an environment of intimidation. It will result in a significant dialogue between each events, he added.
Requested in regards to the strike, the ASUU president mentioned cost of salaries was not a part of their preliminary demand.
“The continued industrial strike motion by the union continues to be on. We had points that we positioned earlier than the federal government and people points are nonetheless on. Nevertheless, we’re open to dialogue on these points.”
Mr Ogunyemi mentioned the union members wouldn’t submit their BVNs to the vice-chancellors,” not to mention ahead it to the Accountant Normal of the Federation for the funds.
“I’m believing the federal government will comply with pay our members utilizing the previous platform as a result of we don’t submit BVN earlier than. Our members won’t settle for BVN and I consider they are going to see our level,” he mentioned
Though condemnation trailed the declaration of the indefinite strike by the ASUU amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the union mentioned there isn’t a mistaken time to embark on a strike as a result of folks would additionally complain if a strike was declared after the coronavirus pandemic is over.
Within the 21 years since Nigeria returned to civil rule below the Fourth Republic, college lecturers within the nation have launched into strike 15 instances that noticed them keep away from work for about 41 months.
The newest strike by the lecturers below ASUU started on March 9 with a two-week warning strike and there’s but no finish in sight, regardless of a number of rounds of conferences between leaders of the union and the federal authorities earlier than the union declared an indefinite strike on March 23, amidst the lockdown of faculties to comprise the unfold of coronavirus.
President Buhari final October issued a directive for the implementation of the IPPIS for the cost of salaries of all federal authorities staff.
The president mentioned any employee who just isn’t on the platform wouldn’t obtain a wage after October 31 final yr, a transfer strongly opposed by the college lecturers. Additionally, the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, earlier mentioned out of 137,016 educational and non-academic employees members of universities, 96,090 had been enrolled within the IPPIS. However the union mentioned it was not bothered as anybody can brandish any figures.
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