The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reached out to the Federal Government to pay the retained salaries of its members to clear way for correspondingly conversations on the outstanding difficulties of 2019 Memorandum of Action.
The President of the Union, Mr Biodun Ogunyemi, made the call at a news convention in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ogunyemi expressed 5 months salaries of ASUU members in certain university have been witheld by the Accountant General of the Federation because of non-enrollment on IPPIS.
According to him, hundreds of different lectures throughout the universities are struggling the identical destiny which is now not in the hobby of the academic quarter in the country. He Said
We counsel that the government at both the Federal and state levels to meet the Taskforce specified guidelines for re-opening of educational institutions.
“We insist that all the arrears of the withheld salaries of our members in the Federal and state universities must be paid immediately to pave way for further discussions on outstanding issues of 2019 memorandum of Action.
“As we have continually stated in recent weeks, our demands in the ongoing strike action pre-dated the COVID-19 pandemic or even the resurgence of government’s insistence on migration of lectures to IPPIS platform. However, we view the Federal Government’s failure to acknowledge the trajectories which brought our universities to their knees and deprived them of capacity to respond to national challenges”
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The association leader also alluded to concerning additional funds for the health sector to forestall the difficulties workers experience, specifically as the world struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The union leader also called for more funding for the health sector to avert the challenges workers go through, especially as the world battled with the COVID-19 pandemic.
He also condemned the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) by the governing council chaired by Dr Wale Babalakin, saying that due process was not follow
“We are shocked not because we regard Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe as a saint but for the fact that all available evidence indicates that he was not taken through the due process.For the avoidance of doubt, Babalakin should be reminded that the knowledge of procedures and process for appointment and removal of Vice-Chancellors is not the exclusive preserve of Legal Luminaries,” he said.