Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has dismissed the Federal Government’s directive that all educational institutions in the country should resume on Monday, October 12.
The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said the Federal Government was not sincere about negotiations with the union, adding that lecturers would not resume on an empty stomach.
Speaking with PUNCH, Ogunyemi stated that the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, was yet to pay lecturers’ salaries as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He added that Nigerians should be prepared for a long-drawn strike in universities.
Responding to a question on when the strike would end, Ogunyemi stated, “You can’t expect people to go back to their offices on an empty stomach. You don’t expect my members to suspend this action when their demands have not been met. It is a very clear decision that anybody will make in this circumstance.”
He said that on August 18, ASUU wrote the Federal Government, stating that it was ready to demonstrate its University Transparency Accountability Solution, which it designed as an alternative to the IPPIS.
According to him, the union did not receive the government’s reply until September 30.
Also, the Non-Academic Staff Union on Monday said the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System was not transparent, saying many of its members were being cheated.
Both NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities began a 14-day warning strike on Monday over the adoption of the IPPIS in universities and non-payment of the minimum wage to their members.
The Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, had at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday, said government had approved the reopening of educational institutions beginning from Monday, October 12.