The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on a two-week warning strike with effect from Monday.
The strike was declared by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of ASUU which ended its meeting in Enugu on Monday.
Biodun Ogunyemi – ASUU President, announced the strike in Enugu of which follows the decision of the federal government to stop the salaries of lecturers who have not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
MYTECH from reports gathered that the strike was implemented due to the fact that ASUU is opposed to the use of IPPIS for lecturers. The strike action is also to compel federal government to implement the agreements and resolutions of Memorandum of Action discussed in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoU), all of which have not been implemented, officials of the lecturers’ union said.
Some of the issues pointed out by the union include non- payment of February salaries and non-remittance of third-party deductions from the workers’ salaries.
In Mr Ogunyemi speech, he described the IPPIS as a fraud that permits the enrollment of ghost workers and constitutes a financial drain on the scarce resources of the Nigerian state. The ugly experiences of those who have been coerced to enrol in the IPPIS platform as well as the patriotic testimony of a former Auditor General for the Federation bears eloquent testimony to the monumental flaw of IPPIS.
The last strike by the teachers was in November 2018.
ASUU has been locked in a protracted dispute with the Nigerian government over issues connected to poor funding of public universities. Every time the dispute boiled over to strike by the teachers, negotiations between the two parties always produced agreements.
However, the government’s failure to meet the teachers’ expectations within the context of the agreements have been a primary reason ASUU has been on strike almost every year since 1999.