Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Sunday accused the Federal Government of having deducted check-off dues between February and June 2020 on behalf of their Union, but refused to remit same, threatening that without its remittance, the ongoing strike continues.
This was made known through the University of Ibadan Chairman of the Union, Professor Ayo Akinwole, who alerted that there was an evil conspiracy among the ruling elite to wipe out public university education in order to elevate private universities owned by them and their collaborators.
ASUU has been on strike for over six months to draw attention of government to the implications of criminal negligence of not funding public universities in the light of rising insecurity and other mounting social problems.
According to Akinwole, the plan by the government to use salary stoppage to punish varsity lecturers for being concerned with the parlous state of affairs in the nations’ tertiary education has failed as members are resolved to ensure that government becomes responsive and responsible.
He maintained that while the Union was ready to discuss outstanding issues on the implementation of the February 2019 MOA the FG signed with ASUU and other conditions of service with government, Federal Government has not been forthcoming but has rather resorted to embarking on propaganda against the union.
He, however, hinted that the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) developed by the Union to replace government Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) which has been ochestrated to destroy global academic culture is fully ready, lamenting government’s insincerity of purpose.
Akinwole also denied the claim that the Union would call off its strike as propagated by Labour Minister, Dr Chris Ngige, adding that while the lecturers are ready to work, it will not to do until and unless government fully attends to all her demands including the immediate implementation.