Strike: Avoid Another Nationwide Crisis – Lagos ASUU Warns Tinubu

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Friday, called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to intervene in the face-off between his administration and the union to avoid another nationwide strike.

The Lagos Zone of ASUU made the call during a press conference through its Coordinator, Adelaja Odukoya, at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State.

ASUU accused the government of failing to uphold its end of the bargain regarding negotiations and agreements between the two parties.

According to Odukoya, Tinubu needs to urgently rise to the occasion and perform the functions of his office by immediately interfacing directly with the leadership of ASUU in order to avoid the destruction of the nation’s educational sector by those in positions of authority.

The union added that the 36 State Governors also need to take “urgent and positive steps” that will arrest the “mindless and deliberate” destruction of the education sector in the country.

The ASUU chieftain listed some of the pending issues in the union’s agitations to include – the refusal of the Federal Government to sign and implement the concluded re-negotiated agreement, which ASUU-FGN entered into since year 2009; poor funding of the existing universities; proliferation and mushrooming of universities by state governments, as well as the non-payment of the withheld salaries and arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) among others.

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He added issues surrounding the controversial Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) among items that need the President’s urgent intervention.

“Before another round of crisis, the issues in contentions do not require rocket science to resolve. All the issues in contention can be immediately resolved if President (Bola) Tinubu as the Commander- in-Chief would perform the functions of his office by immediately interface directly with the leadership of our union.

“The deliberate refusal of corrupt Government and Ministry officials to migrate the University Payroll System away from IPPIS is unfortunate, condemnable and a confirmation that Nigeria is a becoming lawless State. It confirms that certain beneficial elements within government and their collaborators are bent on continuing to defraud our members and the universities,” Odukoya said.

Speaking on the student loan scheme recently introduced by the federal government, ASUU described it as a means of creating “an army of disenchanted youth who start their life with a burden of debt, and suicidal tendencies.”

The union therefore called for the review and strengthening of the National Universities Commission’s (NUC) laws to arrest the negative trends.

“We pray Government would see reason and heed this call. ASUU would however wish to put the Nigerian public on notice that Government should be held responsible if our public universities was again goaded into another preventable crisis,” Odukoya added.