ASUU Strike: Strike Continues Even If IPPIS is Withdrawn – Official

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) keeps their stance that the strike will not be called off soon even if the Federal Government turns back on the enforcement of the Integrated Payroll and Information System (IPPIS) as a payment system.

The Coordinator, ASUU Owerri zone, Uzo Onyibinama addressed the press in a briefing held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.

He belied the FG on the series of false information it is throwing to the public on the strike issue. He iterated the main reason for the eight-month long strike is the inability of the FG to fulfil 2009 FG-ASUU agreement.

He agitated the union will still not call off the strike except all the demands of the agreement is met by the Federal Government, no bending whatsoever.

He said, “For the avoidance of doubt, the issues in contention remain revitalisation fund for public universities, arrears of Earned Academic Allowances, visitation to universities, proliferation of state universities and issues of governance in them, and conclusion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement.

“The later issue of IPPIS was a new introduction and a diversion as no university in the world runs such a system.

“Instead of apologising to the Nigerians and hiding their heads in shame on the serial failures of Governments particularly the present Government which came on the mantra of ‘change’, the duo of Ministers Chris Ngige and Emeka Nwajiuba have been feeding Nigerians with lies and half-truth.

“Ministers Ngige and Nwajiuba have on many occasions on various media organizations said that agreement have been reached on virtually all the issues that necessitated the seven months old strike.

“They should please tell Nigerians, who are their masters, those agreements that have been reached and implemented. As far as our Union is concerned, no agreement has been reached on any of the demands.

“So, instead of constantly running to the press, Ngige and Nwajiuba should sit down and painstakingly do the work that they are paid to do. It is on record that the date given by the Minister Ngige to reach our Union with Government improved position has elapsed without any communication.

“The proposed new timelines for implementation of some proposals such as the appointment of a new team for renegotiation of the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement, gazetting of visitation panels among others have elapsed without any implementation. This shows the insincerity on the part of the Government.

“On IPPIS, our Union has been consistent in rejecting the platform as it compromises the autonomy of the University system and a threat to national security considering that the software is hosted in Washington, the USA with a sub-platform at Gombe State”

 


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Mohammed Abdulganiyu Haruna

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