ASUU may go on strike by January ending this 2022.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has stated again that if the federal government does not follow its Memorandum of Action (MoA) by the end of January, universities would be forced to close.
Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the Union’s president, told Vanguardngr in an interview that the union was waiting for the grace period to expire before taking the necessary procedures.
“As a responsible union, we are seeking input from a wide range of people on the problems at hand. We have a Memorandum of Understanding that has yet to be completely implemented, as well as the renegotiation of the 2007 Agreement. Several organizations and concerned individuals have stepped forward to help.
“As responsible unionists and citizens, we must allow for those interventions; they may be able to urge the government to take action.” We’ve given them till the end of January to see what happens, and if nothing happens, we’ll take the next step,” he said.
Reasons why ASUU may go on strike by January ending
If the union’s demands are not met, it is expected that members would mobilize across the country and congresses will be held to order the national leadership to act appropriately.
Remember that the MoA was formed after the union’s nine-month strike was called off in December 2020. The funding for university revitalization and the payment of Earned Academic Allowance, both of which the government has fulfilled, are among the points under dispute.
The payment of withholding salaries and member promotion arrears is still waiting, and the development of institutions, particularly by state governments, has yet to be addressed.
The use of the Integrated Personnel Payroll and Information System, or IPPIS, is another key point of contention between the government and the union, as the union claims it does not fit into the university system. To replace IPPIS, it has developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, or UTAS.
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