Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has stated that the Federal government must implement its agreement before they return to class.
Newsonline reports that ASUU said the Federal government is not sincere in the management of the crisis that has lasted for five months.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, also stated that ASUU is right in its resilience to save the education sector.
Chairman of ASUU, University of Calabar Chapter, John Edoh said” it was inexplicable that the entire tertiary education system was shut down from Feb. 14 till today July 26 and the government has done nothing.”
John Edo who stated this in Calabar at the NLC solidarity protest said ASUU has several agreements and memoranda with the government which has not been implemented.
Edoh said, “This time is a time of implementation, the Federal Government must implement first before we return to the classrooms.”
Edo who also spoke on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, said, “IPPIS was not congenial with university modus-operandi.
“ASUU developed the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS which was tested and it passed for the Federal Government to pay the emoluments of University staff but the government has refused to use it.
“We are not imposing on the government how to be paid, it is a collective bargaining process, we are saying that IPPIS lacks the ability to capture the peculiarity of the university system.
“If we suspend this strike based on promises by the government and come back again in a couple of months to strike again because of the same issues as we have done in the past, it means we are not serious, it is implementation or nothing.”
Also speaking NLC Chairman, Cross River State said, “If the Federal Government refuses to resolve this issue as soon as possible, we will not hesitate to call all the workers and embark on a total strike to ensure that we compel the government to do the needful.
“What ASUU is doing is the right thing, I thank them for their resilience because if other unions can do what they have done so far, the Federal Government will sit up.”
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Tuesday, (today) held a solidarity protest with ASUU over the lingering strike of university lecturers for months.