The Academic Staff Union of Universities will meet with the Federal Government today to discuss its ongoing strike action, according to Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s national president.
The government reportedly made no attempt to communicate its decision to the union executives after the Prof. Nimi Briggs-led renegotiation meeting ended, according to The PUNCH.
The president also gave the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, a two-week deadline to meet the concerns of ASUU after the Briggs committee’s ASUU report was submitted.
But even though the two weeks passed three weeks ago, nothing was done to prevent a one-month extension of the strike, which began on August 1, 2022.
As a result, Osodeke claimed the union was willing to call off the strike if the Federal Government acceded to its requests at today’s meeting, in an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today program that The PUNCH watched on Monday.
He stated: “If we go into that meeting tomorrow and the government says, what you have bargained for, we are willing to sign, the strike will be called off.”
In a previous interview, Osodeke denounced the dishonest actions the government was carrying out using the rejected Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system by university unions.
He stated: ‘’We have been shouting all along that IPPIS is a fraud, we have told them that for 16 years they siphoned our money with IPPIS, they punished our members because of it. Now, they know, some foreign bodies forced it on the people.’’
After the Federal Government rejected some of ASUU’s demands, including the release of funds for university revitalization, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers, ASUU began its ongoing strike on February 14, 2022.