- More details are coming out on why the ASUU strike is still lingering
- Dr Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment said other unions need to be carried along
- ASUU has been on strike for almost a year in the country
The minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has provided an update on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike.
Dr Ngige revealed that the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) have kicked against the payment system proposed by ASUU.
ASUU had asked the federal government to adopt the University Transparency Account System (UTAS), rather than the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), for the payment of lecturers’ salaries and allowances.
“There are other unions in the university system that are saying they will develop their own system, and that they are not going to go on to UTAS, ASUU is not the only union in the university.”
In a related development, the Taraba State University (TSU) chapter of 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.
Nigerians have also been commenting on the strike via social media.
Phenom Ibrifun wrote on Twitter:
“We hope ASSU insists till their needs are met, students will join them and protest for the betterment of our education if we have to, we want good education but we are also tired of yearly strikes by ASUU! End this once and for all please let these 8 months at home not be a waste.”
Ugochi Ukah wrote:
“ASUU has been on strike for several months with no plan to resume. Students have been told to "travel and have fun", a careless statement to make during a pandemic. Yet the government claims that the youths are the problem.”
Dr Ngige threatened to drag the educational body to court over its prolonged strike, stressing that the government may be forced to file a legal case against the striking workers to arrest the situation.
Experts say the factors affecting the industrial disputes (strike) between ASUU and the government have been largely propelled by historical, economic, and political factors that have become institutionalised and embedded in the Nigerian polity.
To resolve these issues, it is recommended that the federal government should create a strong forum where the active actors meet and deliberate on issues affecting them instead of expressing it through strike action.
Furthermore, the federal government was advised to provide a progressive increase of 26% or more in the annual budgetary allocation to education.
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