ASUU strike continues after talks with the government slide down



Nigerian students at Federal Government-owned universities will remain at home since the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has refused to call off the strike. The ASUU and the government met on Tuesday, but their discussion about ending the strike concluded without an accord.

As a result, the six-month-long strike by public university lecturers is expected to continue. The distinguished lecturers met with the government-appointed Professor Nimi Briggs Committee on Tuesday at the National University Commission in Abuja with high expectations of resolving the standoff.

A prominent ASUU member who requested anonymity told Channels Television that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee had not presented any new proposals. Instead, according to an ASUU source, the committee begged lecturers to terminate the protest, promising that their issues would be addressed in the 2023 budget.


According to the source, the meeting, which began about midday, lasted around three hours and resulted in no agreement. On Monday night, ASUU president Emmanuel Osodeke said that the union and the government had agreed to use the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) as the lecturer’s payment platform and terminate the strike.

We haven’t had any substantive contact, but they have asked us to a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) on one topic, which is the matter of renegotiation, Osodeke said on Channels Television’s Politics Today. You know there are seven reasons we are on strike, but they have invited a debate on renegotiation, which is tomorrow’s renegotiation of the 2009 accord.

However, ASUU has been on strike since February 14 due to the government’s failure to implement its demands on lecturers’ salaries and allowances, improved university funding, and the use of UTAS instead of the federal government’s preferred payment platform, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the ASUU to enable students to return to class after the strike has shut down federal government-owned colleges for 183 days. Osodeke, on the other hand, said that the administration was not being honest in its discussions.

Concerns about IPPIS and UTAS have been alleviated because the agreement with the head of staff has been concluded and agreed upon; UTAS will be adopted to cover the institution, “He stated. If the administration is sincere, this strike will only last two weeks.”

We were going to go on strike in November, but we didn’t because NIREC stepped in and interfered. We infused them with the mixture.” Finally, the ASUU strike is expected to last till further notice.

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