ASUU threatens to go on fresh strike

ASUU warns of a new strike over unremitted deductions

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday accused the Federal Government, as well as the Accountant General of the Federation, of what it called “the victimisation of its members”.

It said the Federal Government had refused to pay its members salaries despite the ‘no victimisation clause’ of the suspended strike.

According to ASUU, while its members are back to their offices to work, the harsh economy being experienced due to unpaid salaries and non-refund of deducted check-off dues will affect productivity.

The Chairman of ASUU from the University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, said the Federal Government failed to remit the deductions it made to the account of the union.

The union warned that if pushed to the limit, “withdrawal of work in the nearest future may be inevitable.”

 Akinwole said, “while the government was paying outstanding five months salaries for those on the nominal role at an agonisingly slow pace, over 100 UI academic staff members were being owed salaries for between two to 10 months.”

He said, “those newly employed in February 2020 had not received money with their families and dependants suffering over their rejection of enrolment on the IPPIS”.‌

The ASUU chief said, “The suspension of the strike was based on an agreement reached and a  ‘Memorandum of Action’ signed in good faith between the government and ASUU at the stakeholders’ meeting held on Tuesday, 22nd December, 2020. A major common position agreed to (and expected to be respected) by the government and ASUU was that nobody shall be victimised in any way whatsoever for his/her role in the process leading to the Memorandum of Action.”

He claimed that Officials of the OAGF kept adducing flimsy untenable reasons for the continuous non-payment of salaries, requesting loads of paperwork and documents both from the union and the bursary unit of the various universities, as well as the university administrations.

“The requested documents have consistently been provided on a monthly basis, yet the salaries remain unpaid. In the University of Ibadan, March 10, 2021, about 67 ASUU members that are on regular nominal payroll have their salaries ranging from two to 10 months still unpaid as of March 10, 2020. Over 80 ASUU-UI members in the faculty of veterinary medicine have their medical allowances of over eight months still unpaid.