There are indications that the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) may not be calling off its eight months old strike anytime soon despite offers by the federal government.
The Union has insisted that it will only call off the the 8-month old strike when it sees significant commitment of the federal government towards fulfilling its promise to the union.
ASUU had embarked on the strike following disagreement it had with
the government over refusals to bring its members under the federal government Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which it said does not capture its peculiar situation, adding that it will bring it under government bureaucracy, and erodes it
ASUU therefore, proceeded to develop what it described as “a more transparent pay system” named the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as an alternative to the IPPIS
Following the disagreement, ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike in March over several issues including the non-implementation of agreements and resolutions the government reached with the union in 2009.
Thus, despite several meetings with the federal government, both parties had remained resolute on its position, until recently when the federal government offered the sum of N65 billion to ASUU to call off the lingering strike.
Labour Minister, Chris Ngige had while speaking on the latest offer, disclosed that N15 billion of the amount would be dedicated for revitalisation of universities.
N20 billion, he said, was offered to the union, which makes it N35 billion earmarked for revitalization of infrastructure in the universities.
The government therefore, urged the Vice-chancellors across public
universities to submit details of the Earned Academic Allowances EAA
to the National Universities Commission (NUC) before November 30.
But Biodun Ogunyemi, President, ASUU in an interview with BusinessDay on Thursday said that the union is yet to meet with other branches of the union to deliberate.