The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU strike has arraigned the Federal Government of aggravating efforts to sort out matter that led to the current ongoing strike action that was commenced upon by the lecturers.
Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President had reported this on Politics Today, a programme aired on Channels Television and observed by H-Forbes correspondent.
He described that the Federal Government has refused to take the mandatory steps in inscribing the ASUU strike action.
According to him, the hold-up in embracing ASUU’s selected platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, is one of the major reasons why the strike has not been called off.
He said, “The strike is still on as a result of the FG not taking the necessary steps. We gave them two weeks to address our five points demands.
“We engaged the government but they were not forthcoming. They had a whole year to address those issues. They gave us positions that were not acceptable to our members.
“During our first meeting, we thought they were almost resolving the issues.
“What compounded the problem is the issue of IPPIS. We have said that it is a distraction. There is no university in the world that IPPIS is being used.
“We have done three presentations of UTAS to the Minister of Education and his team, the leadership of Senate and Office of the Accountant-General. They only agreed that UTAS is accepted in principles.
“We are almost getting UTAS approved but govt is saying that our members should first migrate to IPPIS before returning to UTAS. That makes no economic sense. The government has made it difficult for smooth negotiation. They said our members will be paid when they move to IPPIS.”
Few hours before the interview commenced, Festus Keyamo, the Minister of State, Labour and Employment stated that FG was committed to ending the strike.
“We will keep pushing for a consensus on this issue so as to bring the much-needed succour to students at home,” he tweeted.
For the second time in one week, the meeting held between the FG and ASUU halted on Wednesday as they failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers.
The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
Ogunyemi who led the ASUU delegation has insisted that the payment should be made through UTAS.
Ordering to their failure to reach an agreement, the parties agreed to ask their respective principals and stakeholders and postpone till next week Wednesday.