By Samuel James
TheAcademic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on a two-week warning strike to protest non-payment of salaries of its workers who are not enrolled in the Federal Government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS)
In a statement issued in Enugu on Monday, ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, said the warning strike commenced immediately on March 9.
Ogunyemi also pointed out that the warning strike was geared towards further driving the federal government to implement the agreement and resolution of Memorandum of Action it had with the union from 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2019.
“Having discussed the provisions in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding and the 2017 Memorandum of Action which have not been implemented, NEC resolved to embark on two weeks warning strike action with effect from Monday 9th March 2020, to compel the Government to implement the agreement and resolution,” Ogunyemi he said.
The development comes after heated controversies between the federal government and ASUU over IPPIS. The academic body had earlier threatened to embark on strike if the federal government maintains its stand that lecturers not enrolled into IPPIS would not be paid.
While the federal government claimed IPPIS would further ensure transparency in the system, ASUU had argued such policies were infringement on its autonomy.