IPPIS: Federal Government meets with ASUU on Monday as a new strike looms
On Monday, representatives from the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities will meet in an attempt to avoid a new strike.
ASUU branch chairmen have declared their willingness to start a new strike over the FG’s failure to implement their IPPIS agreement.
Dr Ibrahim Inuwa, Chairman, ASUU, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, said the protracted strike was suspended in December after the two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the various issues and providing timelines for the implementation of each.
Only two of the eight issues had been addressed seven months after the MoU was signed, according to Inuwa.
Payment of the earned academic allowance, funding for the revitalization of public institutions, salary shortfalls, the proliferation of state universities, and the establishment of visitation panels are among the unresolved difficulties, according to him.
Renegotiation, replacing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System with the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, withheld salaries, and non-remittance of check-off dues are among the other options.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Labour and Employment’s Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr. Charles Akpan, the minister, Senator Chris Ngige, would host the ASUU leadership to a meeting in the ministry’s conference room, federal Secretariat in Abuja.
“Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, will convene a meeting with ASUU. The meeting will take place at Minister’s Conference Room on Monday, August 2, 2021,” the letter stated.
The Ministry of Labour welcomed ASUU’s National President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, to discuss problems surrounding the Memorandum of Action, which was signed with the Federal Government in December 2020.
The last time the union met with the administration, according to Osodeke, was around March/April.
“Since we signed the Memorandum of Action, the Ministry of Education, which is our ministry, has not called us to any meetings,” he stated. But, in March/April, the Ministry of Labour, which is really an intervention ministry, summoned us to a meeting where we addressed all of these issues and they vowed to put them into action.”