ASUU Still On Strike, Says Union’s President

ASUU President, Ogunyemi. Photo credit: Businessday
ASUU President, Ogunyemi. Photo credit: Businessday

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), declared on Saturday that the strike universities lecturers embarked on eight months ago is still on.

While debunking reports announcing the suspension of the ongoing industrial action as fake, the union said it does not operate a Twitter account.

He said, “ASUU does not have a Twitter account. Many people have been bombarding me with telephone calls and I can’t answer again. If we want to call off our strike, we will address a press conference and that is how we operate,” the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, told The Punch in an interview.

VANTAGE NEWS had reported earlier that the Federal Government accepted the demand by ASUU that the lecturers be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The government as well offered to increase the Earned Allowances to university staff from N30 billion to N35b and the Revitalisation Fund from N20b to N25b.

The development came after weeks of negotiations and disagreements by the FG and ASUU, which proposed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution as its alternative payment platform to IPPIS.

Reading out the communique at the end of a seven-hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja on Friday, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, had said the government also agreed to ASUU’s demand to pay their members’ salary arrears from February to June through the old salary payment platform, Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System.

The breakthrough in negotiations is expected to end the eight-month strike embarked on by the university lecturers as parents and students wait on ASUU to call off the strike.

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