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We Won’t Call Off Strike Until FG Meets Our Demands — ASUU

…Says UTAS Evaluation ’ll Take One Week, Not Eight

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has again vowed not to call of its over seven-month old strike until the federal government meets their demands.

President of the Union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known in an interview monitored by CAMPUS GIST on Arise Television, Thursday morning.

Speaking on reasons for the industrial action, the ASUU boss insisted the Union will remain adamant until their demands are met by the Buhari government.

He said: “The FG has only made promises to us, they’ve not taken any step. And UTAS, on the other hand, would only take a week for evaluation as against the acclaimed 8 weeks by the government.”

Prof. Ogunyemi, therefore, urged all ASUU members to look for alternative means of survival until the government is ready to take them serious.

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Strike: ASUU Begs Nigerian Students For Cooperation

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is asking for the understanding of Nigerian students to sustain its ongoing strike.

The union solicited for the students help in a series of tweets sighted by CAMPUS GIST on its official Twitter handle, @ASUUNGR, on Monday.

ASUU insisted that the ongoing strike action and its demands were genuine and in the interest of the nation.

“Students who are our children and partners in progress should show understanding, what we are asking from the government are in their interest and the interest of the nation, good hostel accommodation, good classroom blocks that can engender effective learning,” it said.

“Laboratories where cutting edge research can be carried out and offices that can drive the process of quality university education.

“So what we are asking of the government are not baseless things, but those things that in 2012, the government conducted during a needs assessment survey and found out that there is widespread rot and decay in the university system,” ASUU tweeted.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had embarked on strike in the wake of the coronavirus-imposed lockdown of the nation’s higher institutions.

Although there are moves by the federal government to reopen universities soon, ASUU has however vowed to sustain its strike action until government addresses all its demands.

ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said the Union was asking the Federal Government to implement the 2012 universities’ needs assessment it conducted.

Ogunyemi lamented that universities lecturers still receive the same salary scale of 2009 in 2020, noting that the sad reality must be addressed before ASUU would suspend the strike action.

Meanwhile, in a related development, ASUU has formally written to the federal government, requesting for a date for the reopening of negotiations, which were abandoned in February due to the disagreement over the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The union also urged the federal government to initiate a process that would lead to the validation of its alternative salary payment platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

In a statement obtained by CAMPUS GIST, Monday, ASUU demanded that government should pull out all academic staff already captured on IPPIS and enrol them on UTAS.

ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the Union is seeking for an opportunity to reopen negotiations stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic to also enable the union to demonstrate the efficacy of UTAS.

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