ASUU Cries Out Over Poor Remuneration, Warns Of Strike If••• - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, December 14, 2021

ASUU Cries Out Over Poor Remuneration, Warns Of Strike If•••

The Daily Crucible | Published  Tuesday, December 14, 2021

By Mariam Adekunle, Abeokuta

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday, called on parents and well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the Federal Government to honour the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it "willingly" signed in 2020 with the union

Citing the pitiable welfare condition of its members, ASUU urged the Federal Government to halt what it termed "an evil regime of poor renumeration" foisted on them through the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

The Coordinator of Lagos Zone of ASUU, Comrade Adelaja Odukoya who made the call on Tursday, warned that unparallel strike action by the academic staff looms at the nation's public universities if the FG continues its deliberate attempt at impoverishing them by bluntly refusing to implement the agreement signed with the union.

Odukoya spoke after the zonal meeting at Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB), also asked FG to adopt UTAS payment system developed by the lecturers and implement it as replacement for IPPIS,  warning  that once the strike commrnced, "there shall be no retreat, no surremder" on the part of the lecturers.

Odukoya said members were not fooled any longer by the recent government's tokenism as exemplified by the payment of "miserable amount as revitalization and EAA," saying the  Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) was just one of the four components of the agreement reached with the government.
                     •Lagos zone of ASUU

He said that the FG has neglected the germane parts - Funding for revitilization, lrcturers' salaries and university autonomy, which, he added, would be driver of the impending unaparallel strike.

"How can the Nigerian university lecturers play their parts if they have to contend with the perennial problems of miserable salaries, particularly under the conditions of hyperinflation?"

"It is troubling that the FG has turned a blind eye to the sufferings  of the Nigerian university academics. The situation is even worsened by series of cruel neo-liberial policies that seek to transform public education from a public service into a commodity.

"The irreducible condition to avoid another strike of which there has been no parallel in the history of Nigeria is for the Federal Government to immediately sign the renegotiated Agreement document completed since May 2021 and also end the evil regime of IPPIS and replace same with UTAS which was developed by Union at no cost to the government and demonstratably confirmed to be far superior to the IPPIS in all its ramifications," he said.

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