Ultimatum: FG yet to respond, meet us – ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, said it is yet to hear from the Federal government over the ultimatum it issued in July.

The National President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Oshodeke, in an interview also noted that the government is yet to implement the agreement it reached with the union.

Recall that the union had on July 19 issued a fresh ultimatum to the Federal Government to pay the outstanding 10-month arrears of its members’ salaries or be prepared for another industrial action.

The union gave the government till August 31 to meet its demands including the resolution of issues relating to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform.

Between September 10 and September 2021, all ASUU zones across the country held press conferences calling on the government to implement their demands.

They also asked Nigerians to hold the Federal Government responsible if the university lecturers embarked on another strike.

However, the ASUU president said, “Nothing yet, not a single response from the government. For now, we are in Abuja we are meeting soon. No single response from the government. We are meeting this weekend in Abuja. We want to see what we can do between now and Friday to see them. Despite the letter, we wrote to them and the press conferences, they are not bothered because nothing is at stake for them.”

The union had accused the government of not implementing the agreement it signed with lecturers in December 2020.

In March 2020, ASUU embarked on strike action following its disagreement with the Federal Government over the funding of the universities, the IPPIS, implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution, funding and revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, promotion arrears and renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement.

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