Strike: FG says ASUU six-month salaries require stalled negotiations

The federal government has declared ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has not been resolved as professors insist on being paid during a six-month strike.

Education Minister Adamu Adamu revealed Thursday during the weekly ministerial briefing organized by the presidential communication team at the Presidential Villa.

According to him, other problems than the payment of withheld salary have been resolved.

“All contentious issues between the government and ASUU have been settled, except for the demand for members’ salaries for the strike period, a demand which Buhari flatly rejected,” he said.

Adamu further pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari rejected the request in order to curb the excesses of unions who want to be paid to stay at home.

According to Adamu, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) payment system offered by ASUU outperformed the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

He added that the IPPIS has been updated to now allow payment for people on sabbaticals.

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“One thing that was reminded to me is that even the current IPPIS was designed to accommodate sabbaticals. I didn’t know that. Someone just told me that,” Adamu noted.

The minister also denied reports that UTAS had not been approved by the government as a payment platform for university teachers.

He said the government had come up with a new pay scale for other unions such as the Association of Senior Staff of Nigerian University (SSANU), the Union of Non-Academic Staff of Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT). ).

According to him, the unions have accepted the principle and are now consulting their members with a view to stopping the strike within a month.

Adamu applauded the Union of Academic Staff of Polytechnics (ASUP) for calling off its own strike.

The minister argued that ASUU should compensate university students for lost time.

According to him, the students should sue ASUU and the other striking unions and claim damages for the strike.

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“Who do you think is going to compensate the students? The federal government? No. You should probably sue the striking union leaders to pay them off. Yes. The court will probably award damages and then we will see how they pay,” he said.

Usman Mustapha is a solutions reporter at the International Center for Investigative Reporting. You can easily reach him via: [email protected] He tweets @UsmanMustapha_M

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