The Abuja and Bauchi zones of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) while accusing the government of not implementing the agreement it signed with the lecturers in December 2020 at a press briefing on Tuesday, asked Nigerian parents and Students to hold the Federal Government responsible if the body of university lecturers goes on another strike.
In March 2020, ASUU embarked on a strike as a result of its disagreement with the Federal Government on the funding of universities, the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution, funding and revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, promotion arrears and renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.
ASUU held several meetings with the Federal Government on the UTAS and the other issues, which were approved by the government, with a promise of prompt implementation.
The government’s assurance of implementation, which was accompanied by the signing of a Memorandum of Action, led to the calling off of the strike on December 24, 2020, after the Federal Government also agreed to exclude ASUU members from the IPPIS.
However, ASUU for some weeks now has been urging the government to fulfill the agreements contained in the Memorandum of Action, which it signed with the union.
As a result, the Abuja zone of the union, at its congress on Tuesday, accused the Federal Government of reneging its promises and warned that such action could lead to a fresh industrial action in the nation’s universities.
The zone comprises of the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State; Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State; Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State; and the University of Abuja.
The union said it could no longer guarantee industrial harmony in public universities due to the attitude of the government to the agreements.
The zonal coordinator, Dr Salahu Lawal, who made the disclosure at a press conference in Abuja. said “The government, as it has always done, again reneged its promises to the union and the nation, a development that can lead to another industrial action in the universities.”