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ASUU Urges President Tinubu to Save Public Universities, Threatens Strike

Boom RadioNG | June 21, 2024

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has issued a plea to President Bola Tinubu, urging the swift signing and implementation of the renegotiated 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement.

The Coordinator of the Lagos zone of the Union, Prof. Adelaja Odukoya, emphasized the critical need for collective bargaining principles to be upheld, as enshrined in the International Labour Organization Convention.ASUU’s appeal, made during a press conference at the Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, underscores the urgency of the situation.

The Union stressed that President Tinubu’s action in response to their appeal could prevent the imminent collapse of the nation’s public universities and avert the possibility of another round of industrial action.In addition to the call for immediate action on the agreement, ASUU seeks an interface with the President to address the myriad issues affecting public universities in Nigeria.

These issues include poor funding, the proliferation of state and federal universities, non-release of monthly subventions, irregular payment of staff salaries, and the deplorable state of infrastructure.

The Union also condemned the establishment of universities as constituency projects by visitors of federal and state universities, highlighting the detrimental impact of this trend. Furthermore, ASUU expressed strong disapproval of the non-payment of withheld salaries and arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), emphasizing the need for urgent resolution.ASUU’s unwavering stance against the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) was reiterated, with a call for the system’s removal from the university payroll.

The Union emphasized the adverse effects of the IPPIS and demanded the unconditional payment of all withheld salaries and arrears of EAA.The press conference, attended by the 7 branch Chairmen, shed light on the critical challenges facing the nation’s higher education system. 

Written by Boom RadioNG

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