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ASUU strike: Condition for re-opening of schools

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FG has no plans to re-open universities – ASUU

The Universities’ Academic Staff Union (ASUU) has created new conditions for reopening the schools.

The union declared that the federal government would, among other items, compensate the wages of some of the members who were not compensated.

ASUU revealed that an alternative to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), will be created.

At Abuja University, Gwagwalada Campus, the Union’s National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, informed the press that the programs were part of the criteria set for the federal government to end the strike that was going on.

He said the software would cater for the peculiarities of both private and public Universities in Nigeria.

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on 24 March due to IPPIS network inconsistencies.

At the press conference, Prof. Ogunyemi said that the FG had yet to test the new platform for transparency, but he expressed hope that the government would stick to its pledge.

“We advise that government at both federal and state level must comply with the Task Force’s recommendations for reopening educational institutions, we request that all the arrears of our members’ unpaid salaries in federal and state universities be paid forthwith to pave the way for further discussion of the outstanding issues in the Memorandum of Action of 7 February 2019,” he said.

Adding that “It is our sincere hope that the government will not renege on its pledge because UTAS ‘s benefits to the university system (both public and private) can’t be found in any other program today in Nigeria.

Now that the union is about to meet the government’s demand for an alternative to IPPIS, it is our sincere hope that the desired attention would be given to the substantive issues in the ongoing strike action, “he said.

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