ASUU Announce Condition for Re-opening of Schools.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced that among other things, the federal government must pay the salaries of some of the members that have not been paid before schools can be reopened.
These conditions was made known by the National President of the Union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who briefed newsmen at the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), Gwagwalada Campus, said the programs formed part of the conditions set for the federal government to end the ongoing strike.
The union also announced the development of an alternative to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System called University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
The ASUU president said that the software will cater to the peculiarities of Universities in Nigeria, both private and public.
He said the new platform is yet to be subjected to integrity test by the federal government, but expressed optimism that the government will stick to its commitment.
“We counsel that government at both the federal and state levels must meet the Taskforce specified guidelines for reopening of educational institutions, we insist that all the arrears of the withheld salaries of our members in federal and state Universities must be paid immediately to pave for further discussion on the outstanding issues in the Memorandum of Action of February 7, 2019,” he said.
Ogunyemi added that; “It is our sincere hope that the government would not renege on its promise because the benefits of UTAS to the university system (both public and private) cannot be found in any other software in Nigeria today. Now that the union is close to meeting the government’s demand on an alternative to IPPIS, it is our sincere hope that the substantive issues in the ongoing strike action would be given the desired attention”.