Strike: We can't return to classes on empty stomachs, says ASUU

Strike: We can't return to classes on empty stomachs, says ASUU

- ASUU is not willing to return to classrooms and has made this position known on several occasions

- According to the union's coordinator in the south-south region, Aniekan Brown, the federal government needs to ditch IPPIS for UTAS

- Brown claimed that members in some states region are owed up to nine months salaries

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The coordinator of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the south-south region, Aniekan Brown, has revealed why it cannot call off the strike.

Speaking with journalists in Calabar, Cross River state on Tuesday, November 3, Brown said members of ASUU cannot return to classes on empty stomachs, Channels TV reports.

He claimed that members in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and Ebonyi have not received salaries from around four to nine months.

The union's boss in the region called on the federal government to adopt the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) which it claims is a better option for the payment system.

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Strike: We can't return to classes on empty stomachs, says ASUU
ASUU said it members can't return to classes on empty stomach and as such, it won't call off the strike. (Photo: NAN)
Source: UGC

He added that UTAS is a better alternative because the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), according to him, is unsuitable for the university.

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Brown called for the support and understanding of stakeholders and Nigerians' generally on the ASUU's position.

Earlier, ASUU came under attack as the federal government described the condition set by the body before it could end its strike as "unreasonable."

Reacting to the ASUU's stance, spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, said ASUU's demand was ridiculous because varsity lecturers cannot determine how they should be paid by their employers which is the federal government.

Goong said:

"I don't know whether you know how many groups, organisations and associations receiving a salary from the federal account. So, if everybody is doing their own platform, imagine how many payment platforms government will have to deal with it."

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