The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has told the Federal Government to pay the salaries of its members. This they said was part of the conditions for the ongoing strike to be suspended.
The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said this at the unveiling of the union’s Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution at the University of Abuja on Tuesday.
Professor Ogunyemi added that the move was key to further negotiations with the government over the ongoing industrial action.
He said amongst others, its members at the University of Maiduguri and the Michael Opara University of Agriculture have not been paid about five months’ salaries.
He said, “Thousands of other academics across the universities are suffering the same fate. So, while we counsel that government at both the federal and state levels must meet the task force specified guidelines for reopening of educational institutions, we insist that all the arrears of the withheld salaries of our members in federal and state universities must be paid immediately to pave for further discussion on the outstanding issues in the Memorandum of Action of February 7, 2019.”
“Following our engagements with the Federal Government over the issues that eventually led to the declaration of the ongoing strike action on 17th March, 2020, the government declared that it accepts in principle the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, which is being developed by ASUU and its researchers for the financial administration of the university’s FG’s staff monthly payroll and accounting processes.”
“It was ill-advised, ab initio, to have deployed IPPIS in the universities. All the distortions and disruptions being reported within the university payrolls of federal universities in the last six months or so, even by those who initially welcomed IPPIS with open arms, were predicted by ASUU. Unlike IPPIS, however, the UTAS is a web-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application deployed for the overall management of university resources in an efficient, transparent, and accountable manner. It is developed to run on the concept of Software as a Service (SaaS), in which universities maintain sub-domains as tenants.”