The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has confirmed efforts by the federal government to address some of the union’s long-standing demands which has resulted in the lengthy strike action.
Driving the news
ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, confirmed that the federal government through National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has for the third time tested the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which has been a bone of contention over the last few years.
- ASUU also stated that the federal government is to begin the test of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) by this new week.
ASUU has been on strike since February 14th 2022, following the non-payment of funds in several agreements between the union and the federal government, amongst other grievances. After a one-month strike and a two-month extension, ASUU embarked on a 12 weeks strike from the 10th of May 2022.
What this means
With the federal government taking steps to review demands as confirmed by Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, Nigerian students can begin to dream of an end to the strike action.
What you should know
- One of the key demands of the university union is the adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a preferred payment option, instead of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
- Other issues include the renegotiation of the terms of the 2009 federal government/ASUU agreement, payment of arrears, funding for the revitalisation of public universities, etc.
- Other Nigerian-based university unions have also embarked on a strike action to express their grievances to the federal government. These unions include the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Union of Universities and Associated Institutions (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
- The federal government recently said that addressing ASUU’s grievances is more complex than it appears.