•says ‘FG dribbling us’
• ‘No Work, No Pay’ activated since February
It appears students of public universities in Nigeria will spend longer time at home, with an end to the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) not in sight.
ASUU has insisted that until federal government adopts the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) proposed by the union over FG’s IPPIS, it will remain on strike for as long as possible.
National President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke disclosed this to AIT on Friday, adding that the university lecturers are also disappointed over the development.
Osodeke particularly pointed accusing fingers at the National Information Technology Development agency (NITDA), a parastatal under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, for deliberately frustrating the process.
The ASUU President argued that contrary to public perception, “no work no pay” is already on for the lecturers, as salaries have not been paid since February, a development Osodeke said will only help to aggrievate the unfortunate situation.
Also speaking to AIT, the University of Abuja Chairman of ASUU, Kassim Umar insists that no state government can suspend the activities of labour, since it remains in the exclusive legislative list.
Kassim Umar was reacting to the news that the Edo state government has suspended activities of all unions in the state’s tertiary institutions.
Friday, June 10 makes it exactly 114 days since ASUU has been on strike.