According to a recent news report regarding the ongoing strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), it has been disclosed that the Union has made a conclusion about the strike.
Reports from MYTECH revealed that Benin zone of the Union (ASUU) described the Minister of Labour and Employment – Dr. Chris Ngige’s comment on the chasm between the Federal Government of the country and ASUU as an untrue fact and also misleading.
Report from the Union states that the Minister – Dr. Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 during an interview notified Nigerians that the chasm between the Union and FG was all about the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS).
“The minister – Ngige, during the interview claimed that government, to the best of his knowledge and at his insistence have been paying salaries of the unionists up to date despite the IPPIS issue, the lockdown imposed by the coronavirus pandemic and the strike action” – Prof. Fred Esumeh, the Union’s Benin Zonal Coordinator stated.
“To this effect, we urge the entire public to refute such news/comment stating that the Union is an essential part of the minister’s grandstanding and deliberate ploy to misinform and deceive the public on the critical issues that informed the current strike by the union.
Prof. Fred further said, “It is a blatant lie to say that the Union members have been paid up to date. Consequent upon government’s insistence on implementation of IPPIS and its accompanying complications, our members are being owed three months’ salaries, while some others in most universities being owed salaries of six months”.
Prof. Fred Esumeh in conclusion disclosed that the Union will continue with its strike action until the needful is done by the Federal Government, else the strike will be an indefinite one.