The Universities’ Academic Staff Union, ASUU, has confirmed that it would not postpone the current strike action.
ASUU National President Professor Biodun Ogunyemi said this at a conference of members at the Union’s Secretariat at Port Harcourt University, Rivers State.
Professor Ogunyemi said that the federal government has consistently refused to comply with its 2019 Memorandum of Action, maintaining that the federal government may cause another round of crisis should it push leaders of ASUU into the IPPIS System.
He observed that, unlike other sectors, little has been established in progress by the federal government to reopen schools in compliance with the COVID-19 safety protocols adding that, “Hostels, lecture rooms and labs for students do not meet school requirements in many countries,” which he said is one of the reasons for the strike.
“The messages emanating from the departments of government do not edify what the university stands for. What they say about us is not what we’re doing, but because we’ve been compromised by those undeserving of the work.
As we speak, IPPIS hires individuals without compelling them to be subject to due job procedure. They contaminate and dilute the University set-up.
“With this attack we will be revisiting the whole matter. Any department or faculty where, when hiring staff, you believe due process has not been observed, deny them. We ‘re going to stand by you.
“The Nigerian Plan can not be made feasible until the occasion arises for our Universities. Our stakeholders have a responsibility on all parties to listen.
The 2013 ASUU strike that lasted 6 months, we wrote about 59 letters and had 20 meetings but we wrote only four letters in this current strike and we had zero meetings. We spoke with the Senate President and the Speaker and other ministers but strike action is the only language they understand, “he added.
The chairman of ASUU also accused vice-chancellors of diverting funds intended to revitalize universities.
He also urged the university staff to stop being vulnerable to those he called economic zombies, warning that preparations are on the road to cope with bribery affecting all vice chancellors.