The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Abiodun Ogunyemi, has revealed why the union is yet to call off the lingering strike action.
The staff union has been on strike for 8 months now.
The ASUU President who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Monday November 9, asked the federal government to stop playing a game of manipulation and deception, as he accused the FG of failing to show commitment in resolving the impasse.
“What we need is a commitment; there is nothing like transition and what we are saying, in essence, is that government should just go ahead and pay what government has withheld – the salaries of our members; people have not been paid for eight or nine months on account of not registering on IPPIS.
“Government should stop this arm-twisting and manipulation, going back to universities to ask them to go and enroll in IPPIS so that they will go and migrate to UTAS; people see it as a game of deception and we cannot trust them.”
Ogunyemi who further stated that it is not the place of the union to tell the government where to get the fund to address its challenges, also highlighted some of the vital roles the union has played in ensuring public universities do not become a history in the country.
“Each time people talk about this problem has been there for long, they don’t also appreciate the solution we have brought to the system to keep the system going.
“But for ASUU’s intervention, we would no longer have public universities today. Do we still have public primary schools? Do we still have public secondary schools? That is what will happen to public universities.”
Watch him speak below;
ASUU President, Prof Abiodun Ogunyemi explains why the union is still on strike.
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The eight month ASUU strike doesn’t seem to be ending soon as the striking lecturers said they won’t go back to classed on empty stomachs.
Union members in Calabar vowed to continue with the strike until the Federal Government meets the union’s demands/
Dr Aniekan Brown who is the zonal chairman of the union, disclosed this when he addressed a press conference at the University of Calabar. He said;
“Sometimes, either by deliberate ill-intended machinations or for want of understanding, ASUU’s struggles are misunderstood.
In the light of the above, it considered expedient to engage the public, to bring to the fore ASUU’s stance on the on-going strike action, and the government-induced distraction known as the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and the Federal Government of Nigeria’s illicit commitment, hard-work, determination, and treachery to forcefully migrate staff of Federal Universities to IPPIS.”