The Union of Academic Personnel of Universities (ASUU) has been criticized for always resorting to strikes when they want results.
Ifeanyi Okonkwo of the Department of Geology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, believes that a strike is not the only option.
He says the current standoff between ASUU and the federal government over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) should not have been a problem at all.
Okonkwo told DAILY POST: “First of all, I think it is valid that the government wants to centralize its payment process to reduce waste.
“ASUU should have started with a system like IPPIS but adapted to universities (as they did belatedly).”
His comments come amid news that ASUU’s ongoing industrial action may be called off following the union’s last meeting with the federal government.
At the meeting on Friday, the federal government agreed to increase its offer to the union to 70 billion naira.
However, Okonkwo believes that the offer is only a temporary solution.
“Regarding allowances, I am not sure how long ASUU is going to continue to fight for arrears when there is no standard system for payments of current allowances.
“In the next 5 years, they will strike over the 2020 allotments,” he added.