- With ASUU strike showing no clue of pause, the body has resulted in prayers, seeking divine intervention
- A special prayer session was organised by the Taraba State University (TSU) chapter on Tuesday
- One of the chapter's member said the prolonged strike is unnecessary and submitted that the prayer was organised since dialogue was not effective
The Taraba State University (TSU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has sought divine intervention on the prolonged strike action embarked by the body.
In a prayer session held at separate grounds on Tuesday, November 3, Christian and Muslim members of the chapter sought celestial control over the crisis that has long pitched varsity lecturers against the federal government.
Legit.ng recalls that the recent and last meeting, which was held on Wednesday, October 28, between ASUU leadership and the federal government hit the bricks as both parties failed to reach a unilateral agreement on the adoption of University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
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A federal government team led by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, refused that the N30 billion earned allowance promised to the lecturers be paid through a platform different from Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU chairman, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, stood the ground on UTAS, with both sides agreeing to consult their principals.
The body has since accused the federal government of frustrating its demand despite the agreement between both parties.
Speaking after the prayers, former vice-chairman of the Taraba university union, Mbave Joshua, stated that the prolonged strike was not ordinary as there are many issues to be addressed like funding of the universities.
“We have no other choice at this point than to turn to God for intervention because we have exhausted all other means to resolve the issues.
"Our members have gone for two months without salary and without any explanation for such action."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ASUU was rebuked by the federal government for giving "unreasonable" condition as a prerequisite for ending strike.
Ministry of Education's spokesperson, Ben Goong, said the demand of the body is ridiculous. He further stressed that ASUU cannot dictate how varsity lecturers should be paid their salaries.
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