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Stop Feeding Nigerians With Lies, ASUU Berates FG

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the federal government of what it described as lies and half-truths regarding the lingering strike by the union.

Recall that the non-implementation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement was one of the issues that led to the strike.

The Union said the federal government reached an agreement with it on virtually all the issues that necessitated the strike embarked upon since March.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday in Awka, Anambra state, the Owerri Zonal Coordinator of the body, Comrade Uzo Onyebinama regretted government’s “deceitful disposition” at the expense of the future of Nigerian students.

He said the body was not ready to call off the strike until all the agreements it had with the government were renegotiated and signed, despite its negative implications on its members.

He also called for the support of both students and parents to prevail on the federal government to do the needful to save the university education from total collapse.

He said, “We’ve resolved that until these issues are resolved, and being implemented, we’re not going to go back to class because it’s bothered on our salaries and other condition of service.

“Yes, our salaries have not been paid since February, they’ve managed to pay some till June, while some are being owed nine months, some three because of the confusion called IPPIS, we’re still willing to continue in the struggle.”

Describing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) as diversionary by the government to overshadow the issues at stake, Onyebinama insisted they would not be cowed by such distractions.

“We said we don’t want further Memorandum of Actions, we want implementations because we’ve had series of them without implementations which had led us to this merry go round of strikes.”

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