ASUU embarks on two-week warning strike over unfulfilled agreement with FG

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By David Olalekan.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced a two-week warning strike over failure of the Federal Government to implement the agreements and resolutions reached with the union.

This was disclosed on Monday by the ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, shortly after a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT).

Ogunyemi stated that the strike, which takes effect from today, was occasioned by the jettisoning of the Memorandum of Action discussed in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement.

The ASUU leader also stressed that the 2013 and 2017 MoUs were yet to be implemented by the government.

He, however, did not comment on the recent threat by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, that lecturers not enrolled for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) would not get their February salary.

The minister had on Thursday in Kano urged members of the academic union to embrace the IPPIS or risk stoppage of their salary.

She revealed that 55 percent of ASUU members have been captured on the scheme despite resistance from the association.

“Unfortunately, most reforms that you undertake you come across resistance. We have had resistance from ASUU on the implementation of the IPPIS and I am happy to report that at least up to 55 percent of ASUU members are registered and the ones that have not are not getting their February salary”, she said.

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