The body language of the Academic Staff Union of Universities might not be at the advantage of the federal government this time as there are strong indications that the union will go on a nationwide strike soon.
The government according to the branch Chairman of ASUU at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Frank Inuwa, has only implemented just two out of the eight agreements it had with the union.
The union claims the government has not been measuring up to the expected.
Allegations Inuwa said among items on the last Memorandum of Action (MoA) yet to be implemented are earned academic allowance, funding for revitalization of public universities, the proliferation of state universities, renegotiation and replacement of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (with University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
He further revealed that the payment of the next tranche of the allowance has expired following a deliberate silence from the part of the government.
Inuwa further alleged that the office of the Accountant General of the federation has further shortchanged the union by exempting it from the league of workers who should be paid via the massive pay reduction mechanism IPPIS.
The northern academic promised that ASUU will be withdrawing from its duty anytime from now.
“The ultimate goal of the OAGF appears to be doing everything humanly possible to coerce members of ASUU to enroll into IPPIS and to kill the union finally.
“This plague has been evident across all Federal Universities in Nigeria since February 2020. This to us is an outright act of ingratitude on the part of the Government for the sacrifices members of ASUU are making in order to establish a progressive nation. A clear case of punishing citizens for being patriotic.”