The Striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked students to understand that their strike was caused and sustained by the imposition of the new compensation regime by the federal government on teachers.
The Yola Zonal chapter of the union, which comprises members from Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe and Borno states and which articulated its response to their ongoing strike during a press conference in the Adamawa state capital on Monday, condemned so similar to the federal government for allowing increases in oil. price and electricity rate.
“The coercion of our members in IPPIS (Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System) without resorting to the peculiarities of the Nigerian university system, university autonomy and the erosion of previous agreements between FGN and ASUU culminated in the current crisis”, the Yola ASUU’s zonal coordinator, Comrade Augustine Ndaghu, said at the press conference in Yola.
He said that the imposition of IPPIS on ASUU members had resulted in the mutilation or total failure to pay members’ salaries since February 2020, and that the problems that had caused the payment of salaries through IPPIS justified the ASUU’s preference for the alternative platform: university transparency and accountability. Solution (UTAS).
He called on the government not to delay any longer in adopting UTAS and assured the students that the ASUU strike is intended to make the government not only see the point of ASUU against IPPIS but also other problems affecting universities.
ASUU’s zonal coordinator said that if the government had implemented previous agreements with ASUU, universities today could prove their worth, including contributing to the fight against COVID-19.
He added that COVID-19 had exposed the shortcomings of Nigerian universities as they have been seen to have no facilities for COVID-19 testing and investigations because many years of neglect by universities have resulted in a lack of testing laboratories and equipped diagnostic and research.
“If the government had faithfully implemented the 2012 NEEDS Assessment report that identified the intensity of rot in Nigerian public universities, now universities would have been more involved in COVID-19 testing and developing solutions.” , said.
The ASUU Zonal Coordinator, criticizing the federal government’s response to the effect of COVID-19 on people, accused that while other countries seek ways to make life easier for citizens, the Nigerian government is promoting policies that make life more difficult to bear. .
He expressed anger at the fact that Nigerians “are subject to a high tax burden, increase electricity rates and the sale price of petroleum products”, and concluded that Nigerians deserve better treatment.