Federal Government Meets ASUU as Fresh Nationwide Strike Looms

Federal Government Meets ASUU as Fresh Nationwide Strike Looms

  • Another industrial dispute may occur between ASUU and the federal government if the demands of the union are not met
  • In other for the industrial peace to be maintained the union and delegations from the federal government will meet
  • According to Dr. Ibrahim Inuwa, the ASUU chairman at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University only two out of the eight issues had been addressed

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There are indications that the federal government is taking crucial steps to avert another nationwide strike across Nigerian universities.

Recall that branches of the of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had expressed readiness to commence a fresh strike over the non-implementation of their agreement with the government on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

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Delegations from the Nigerian government are expected to meet the Academic Staff Union of Universities leadership on Monday, August 2. Photo credit: @asuu.org.ng
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The Punch reports that the leadership of ASUU are expected to meet with the delegations from the federal government on Monday, August 2.

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Notice of the meeting was made known in a statement by Charles Akpan, the spokesperson of the ministry of labour and employment.

Akpan noted that Senator Chris Ngige, the minister of labour will be hosting the union to a meeting at the federal secretariat in Abuja, ThisDay added.

ASUU's chairman at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Ibrahim Inuwa had earlier explained that seven months after the Memorandum of Understanding was signed two out of the eight issues had been addressed.

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Earlier, lecturers in public universities across the country are threatened to embark on a fresh industrial action.

ASUU issued the threat when it accused Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, of refusing to pay the salaries and remittance of over 1000 staff for 13 months.

Lazarus Maigoro, the ASUU chairman, University of Jos, gave the threat in a press statement made available to journalists in Jos, the capital of Plateau state.

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Meanwhile, ASUU is not pleased with the federal government's body language. According to Inuwa, the government is yet to implement six agreements it signed with the union.

Inuwa said among items are earned academic allowance, funding for revitalization of public universities, the proliferation of state universities, renegotiation and replacement of IPPS.

Moreover, he stated that the set date for the release of the next tranche of the said allowance has expired followed by silence from the government.

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