Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday threatened to embark on another round of strike if the Federal Government fails to implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) reached with the lecturers in 2020. ASUU therefore urged well-meaning Nigerians to impress it on both federal and state governments to do the needful. Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Prof. Oyebamiji Oyegoke, said governments at all levels, are paying lip service to the improvement of education in the country.
Institutions under the Ibadan zone include University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), University of Ibadan (UI), Ladoke Akintola University of Science and Technology (LAUTHEC) and Kwara state University (KWASU). Prof Oyegoke added that some lecturers of the University of Ibadan had not been paid their salaries since December last year. His words: “It is on the basis of the failure of the government to meet up with the promises made as attested to in the MoA of 2020 that the union is calling on Nigerians to intervene at this critical moment.
“The demands of the union are realistic and holistic in the common interest of the country’s educational and developmental pursuits. If nothing is done, we will be left with no other choice than to withdraw our services until reason prevails. The government of the day has demonstrated its intention to embarrass our collective resolve to save university education from total collapse. ASUU cannot succumb to this insensitive disposition. As we celebrate the Human Rights Day today, 10th December, we recall the declaration of 1948 which acknowledged the struggles of the oppressed people around the world. So,we use this opportunity to ask the Nigerian government to respect the rights of the people to education and decent working conditions.
“It is apparent that the government’s piecemeal implementation of the contentious issues in the MoA of 2020 is not sincere in fulfilling its part of the agreement. Selective treatment of issues in dispute instead of a comprehensive approach will no longer be acceptable to our members. We shall no longer take the issue of welfare of our members for granted. Any treatment of MoA of 2020 that precludes its full implementation and rejection of IPPIS will be incomplete. If it has taken ASUU’s position of resuming a suspended strike action to rouse the government from its sleep of non-implementation of the MoA of 2020, one needs to ask, how many of such reminders should ASUU give before its demands are met?”
He listed the issues in contention as funding for revitalization of public universities; payment of earned academic allowances; withheld salaries and promotion arrears; renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement; inconsistencies in IPPIS payment and University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
SOURCE: THE NATION NEWSPAPER