Again, ASUU threatens strike action

News - by RadioNow / Jul. 26th, 2021

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to embark on strike over the failure of the federal government to implement the agreement it signed with the union last year.

ASUU’s Chairman, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi chapter, Dr Ibrahim Inuwa, while addressing newsmen on Sunday, explained that university campuses were becoming tense and restive across the country.

He said the strike action was suspended in December 2020 after signing a Memorandum of Action (MoA) by the two parties on the various issues, providing timelines for the implementation of each item in the agreement.

According to Dr Inuwa; “Only two of the items have been addressed,”.

Explaining further, the other items that the federal government failed to implement included Earned Academic Allowance (EAA), funding for revitalisation of public universities, proliferation of state universities, renegotiation and replacement of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) with University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

He added that the timeline for the release of the next tranche of EAA stipulated for May 2021 has lapsed with dead silence from the federal government, revealing further that the federal government willingly agreed that the UTAS would replace IPPIS as a payment platform in federal universities after it passed an integrity test.

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