The Monday, October 12th resumption date given by the Federal Government may not be realized as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) insists the government has not met its obligations based on the Agreement.
Students of public universities in the country would most likely remain at home as the Federal Government’s directive may not be obeyed by the Union.
This indication became clearer when the National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said the Federal Government has not been honest enough regarding agreements previously entered into he made this submission during an exclusive telephone interview with The PUNCH.
In expressing his disappointment in the way the Federal Government has gone about the entire agreement, Ogunyemi was particular about the role played by the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, whom he stated had disregarded a directive of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), that lecturers’ salaries should be paid.
Prof. Ogunyemi advised Nigerians to be ready for a long strike period across Nigerian universities considering the way the Federal Government is approaching the matter at hand.
In a related development, the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) on Monday also expüressed their disappointment in the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System which they described as not being transparent, saying many of its members were being cheated.
Recall, that both unions began a 14-day warning strike on Monday over the adoption of the IPPIS in universities and non-payment of minimum wage to their members.