ASUU BREAKING NEWS This Morning, Thursday, November 19
Below is the latest you need to read:
1. FG, ASUU resume meeting Friday
The Federal Government has said it will resume meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Friday.
The Ministry of Labour and Employment disclosed this on Wednesday.
The parley is expected to address various pending issues, including the contentious payment platform preferred by the union.
Recalled that ASUU had opposed the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System used in settling workers salaries by the FG and instead, developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution which is currently undergoing test-run by the National Information Technology Development Agency.
2. ASUU’s UTAS and FG’s slippery offer
The Federal Government has been presenting the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System to the public as if it is the main reason the Academic Staff Union of Universities embarked on strike on March 23, 2020. That is not true. ASUU is on strike to make government become responsible and inject funds for the revitalisation of public varsities, constitute visitation panels to universities, pay off arrears of earned academic allowances from 2012 to 2020, and conclude renegotiation of the 2009 agreement which is to birth a new salary and welfare package for lecturers who are currently the least paid when compared with earnings of lecturers in polytechnics and colleges of education! In this piece, I historicise the IPPIS, and situate it within the FG’s latest offer to assist the public appreciate ASUU’s position and unveil the government’s slippery offer and insincerity. The public should understand that the latest slippery offers from the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)’s regime are items which they ought to have implemented as of December 2019 but failed to do so. It is these unfulfilled promises that are now being brandished as fresh offer before the public by this “change begins with me” regime that thrives on the ‘hushpuppism’ ideology.
3. ASUU strike not about IPPIS alone – Official
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it would not call off its eight-month strike even if the Federal Government withdraws the Integrated Payroll and Information System as a means of paying them.
The Coordinator, ASUU Owerri zone, Uzo Onyibinama stated this in a press briefing held at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.
He said Federal Government was feeding the public with lies about the strike, stating that the main reason for the strike was the government’s inability to keep previous agreements and not about IPPIS as being propagated by the government.
He said the union would not call off the strike until all its demands were met by the Federal Government.