ASUU Today News on Universities Resumption Date
After discussing the 2009 agreements with the Federal Government renegotiation committee, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and allied institutions all alleged they had not yet obtained any communication.
The draft proposed 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement is expected to be reviewed by the Federal Government renegotiation team, which is led by the provost of Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Prof. Nimi Briggs, and renegotiate with all the striking university unions.
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The Briggs renegotiation committee has been working with the university unions since April 2022. All of the unions are now on strike over unfulfilled requests from the 2009 accords agreed with the FG.
In an interview with our correspondent, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, national president of ASUU, stated that the Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee informed the union that they were awaiting a response from the Federal Government regarding the meeting’s preliminary results.
Similarly, the national president, SSANU, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, whose union had a meeting with the renegotiation Committee last week Friday said all that was done were appraisals and reviews, adding that the Briggs committee said they were waiting for their ‘masters’ to respond.
‘‘They told us they are waiting for their ‘masters’ we reviewed the meeting and they promised to get back to us when their principal responds. So we are waiting. The strike is still on.’’
Mohammed also said there were erroneous pieces of information on social media that the results of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution and University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System, had been released.
He added that NITDA had only concluded the test on UTAS and U3PS but no result was announced.
Mohammed revealed that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System test was ongoing.
The IPPIS was described as a problematic payment platform by the unions in the higher institutions who all complained bitterly about its inconsistency and alleged it was an imported fraudulent platform.
As such, due to IPPIS’ irregularities and short-changing of salaries, ASUU and SSANU created indigenous payment platforms, namely, UTAS and U3PS respectively.
Mohammed said, ‘‘The results of the payment platforms as being rumored are not yet out. The committee has finished the UTAS and UP3 tests and they are now on IPPIS.
The PUNCH had reported that SSANU’s strike started with a warning strike of two weeks which commenced on the midnight of Sunday 27th March 2021, while the extension of another two weeks commenced on Sunday 10th April 2022 and it is still ongoing.
Some of the demands of SSANU include the inconsistent issue of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system, unpaid earned allowances, and delay in the renegotiation of FGN, NASU, SSANU agreements, and non-payment of minimum wage arrears.
Others include neglect and poor funding of state universities, non-payment of retirement benefits to outgoing members of the unions, and usurpation of the headship of non-teaching units in clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures, among others.
ASUU commenced its ongoing strike on February 14, 2022, after the Federal Government refused to meet some of its demands including, the release of revitalization funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.
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