The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU), Abuja Zone, has called on stakeholders to urge the federal government to honour its agreement with the union in order to avert another industrial crisis.
Zonal coordinator of the ASUU, Dr. Salahu Mohammed Lawal, who made the appeal while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, said that the government has ignited events that would lead to another round of national strike by ignoring the outstanding issues in the MoU of December 2020, and the MoA of February 7, 2019.
He said it was clear that the government has reneged on all promises, violated all the timeframes set for commensurable actions on key issues, vitiated her own deadlines to meet these demands, saying that the Union was left with a limited option in the predicament.
“We call on critical stakeholders in the education sector to encourage the federal government to honour its promises to the Nigerian people in order to avert another round of strike action by the Nigerian academics. Meeting these key demands of ASUU will go a long way to addressing the deplorable conditions under which our children live and learn,” he said.
He reiterated that the demands of the union remain “The full implementation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement as renegotiated in 2021, based on ILO’s collective bargaining principles.
“The implementation of all outstanding provisions in the 7th February, 2021
FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action and immediate deployment of ASUU’S innovation of a more robust system of human resource management and compensation, called the UTAS.
“Immediate payment of outstanding Earned Academic Allowances (EAA)
and Promotions arrears to our members, immediate release of the report of the Presidential Visitation Panels to Federal Universities 2021and immediate action on the recommendations of the Committee on State Universities.”
He further lamented that the Union finds it highly hypocritical for a government to freely sign an MoU or MoA to get ASUU to suspend a strike and then turn around to ignore its implementation.
“Nothing illustrates the disinterestedness of the Nigerian leaders in quality of education issues more than this consistent discounting of all efforts by ASUU to place the Nigerian universities on the same pedestrian with her counterparts overseas.
“It will interest you to note that more than one year since our Union suspended the nine-month long national strike, the federal government is yet to respond to the key demands.
“The fundamental issues which are key to guaranteeing industrial harmony in the universities are viz, the signing and implementation of the Renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement, Deployment without further delay of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) Revitalization Funds to public universities, payment of the outstanding Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) to members Inconsistencies in Salary Payment with IPPIS,” he added.
LEADERSHIP earlier reported how the national leadership of the union had promised to arrive at its decision soon, following the expiration of the earlier ultimatum given to the government to implement its demands or face another round of industrial action.