Putting Tutorial Employees Union of Universities (ASUU) has requested college students to grasp that its strike was precipitated and sustained by imposition of the brand new remuneration regime by the federal authorities on lecturers.
The Yola Zonal chapter of the union which contains members from Adamawa, Taraba, Yobe and Borno States and which articulated its response to its ongoing strike throughout a press briefing within the Adamawa State capital on Monday, equally condemned the federal authorities for permitting hikes in petrol worth and electrical energy tariff.
“The coercion of our members into IPPIS (Intergrated Payroll and Private Info System) with no recourse to peculiarities of the Nigerian college system, college autonomy in addition to attrition of the earlier agreements between FGN and ASUU culminated into the current disaster,” the Yola Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Comrade Augustine Ndaghu stated on the press briefing in Yola.
He stated the imposition of IPPIS on ASUU members had resulted in mutilation or outright non-payment of members’ salaries since February 2020, and that the issues that cost of salaries by way of IPPIS had precipitated justified ASUU’s choice for the choice platform – College Tranparency and Accountability Resolution (UTAS).
He requested the federal government to delay no additional in adopting UTAS and warranted college students that ASUU’s strike is supposed to make the federal government not solely to see the purpose of ASUU in opposition to IPPIS however different points affecting universities.
The zonal ASUU coordinator stated if authorities had applied previous agreements with ASUU, universities would right now be capable to show their value, together with contributing to the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.
He added that COVID-19 had uncovered the inadequacies of Nigerian universities, as they’ve been seen to haven’t any amenities for COVID-19 testing and analysis as a result of a few years of neglect of universities has resulted in lack of outfitted testing and diagnostic and analysis laboratories.
“If authorities had faithfully applied the 2012 NEEDS Evaluation report which recognized the depth of the rot within the Nigerian public universities, by now the schools would have been extra concerned in COVID-19 testing and growing options,” he stated.
The Zonal ASUU coordinator, faulting federal authorities’s response to the impact of COVID-19 on the individuals, charged that whereas different international locations are searching for methods to ease life for residents, the Nigerian authorities is encouraging insurance policies that make life tougher to bear.
He expressed the anger that Nigerians “are meted with excessive tax burden, elevated electrical energy tariff and pump worth of petroleum product,” and concluded that Nigerians deserve higher remedy.