The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday berated the administration of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for allegedly breaching the agreement it reached with the union nine months after it suspended its strike.
The Ibadan Zone of the Union said this in a press conference held at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso addressed by the Coordinator, Prof. Oyebamiji Oyegoke.
The chairpersons of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Ayo Akinwole; UNILORIN, Professor Moyosore Ajao; LAUTECH, Dr Biodun Olaniran and KWASU, Dr Shehu Salau were also present at the briefing.
The union asked Nigerians to hold Buhari responsible should the educational system be plunged into another round of crisis based on what it described as irresponsibility on the part of the Federal Government.
For the avoidance of doubt, ASUU stated that only salary shortfall and setting up of Visitation panels to Federal Government-owned universities had been addressed by government while renegotiation of conditions of service, injection of revitalisation funds, payment of earned academic allowances, implementation of University Transparency and Accountability Solution proliferation of state universities, release of withheld salaries and non-remittance of check-off dues of unions which were all contained in the December 22, 2020, Memorandum of Action have not been addressed.
Elaborating on each case, Oyegoke stated, “The claim by the Minister of Labour and Employment that the money allocated for Revitalisation of Public Universities had been paid as contained in the MoA of 2020 cannot be true. The same minister confirmed on August 2, 2021, that the money was still in the custody of Central Bank of Nigeria only awaiting application by the Minister of Education for eventual transfer to the NEEDS Assessment Fund Account.
“That government is working hard to facilitate the release of money by the CBN since January 2021 leaves a sour taste in the mouth.”
On IPPIS versus UTAS, the Ibadan Zone of ASUU explained that Withholding salaries for months, non-release of EAA, non-payment of Check-off dues accruing to the union, despite what ASUU had demonstrated can only be an invitation to another possible cycle of industrial crisis.