Below is the latest on the ASUU strike:
1. FG’s obstinacy and ASUU’s Pyrrhic victory
After hours of deliberation on Friday, the federal government finally retired 10 months of mulishness with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) by making several concessions to the body, especially by reportedly exempting its members from its controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). The federal government also agreed to increase certain funding as well as pay up salary arrears accrued during the faceoff with ASUU. Despite almost two decades of acting out the same script, the incumbent federal government, as with its predecessors, has not learnt how to relate with ASUU. Sadly, this inability to learn is one of the few delicate areas where the governments of Nigeria have displayed adroitness.
While lecturers and students were forced to sit at home due to the health crisis that afflicted the globe, the government gratefully ignored the elephant in the room with ASUU. Even after the lockdown was eased in phases, the government still acted aloof to the mournful din of students, lecturers and the entire public alike. Conjuring a most disrespectful appearance of unbridled cheek, the government chirped that the members of the union could as well pursue agriculture as a career path and be done with their woes altogether. It would not, the government insisted, budge on the IPPIS. Meanwhile, lecturers went hungry as they did not receive salaries. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE..
2. FG clarifies position on IPPIS, says ASUU not exempted from payment platform
The Federal Government has said the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is not exempted from enrolling on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform.
The government made the clarification in a statement issued by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja on Saturday.
The minister said the government was quoted out of context on the matter, saying there was no meeting where it was agreed that ASUU would be exempted from the IPPIS payment platform. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL DETAILS..