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ASUU Urges FG To Fulfill Promise, Exempt Varsities From IPPIS

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the Federal Government to fulfill its promise to remove its members from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The Chairman of the ASUU, Federal University Lokoja chapter, Dr. Joshua Silas, made the call on Tuesday during a protest by members of the union at FUL campus in Felele, Lokoja.

Addressing newsmen after the protest, the chairman urged the Federal government to implement the renegotiations of 2009 agreements reached with the national ASUU to prevent the resumption of the suspended industrial action.

Silas said, “We are carrying out these protests nationwide as directed by the national body of ASUU in solidarity to urge the Federal government to promptly meet our demands.

“The government has failed to meet our demands regarding the 2009 renegotiation agreements with the national body of ASUU as promised.

“A lot has been done, and the government promised to meet our needs, but from 2009 to 2024 until now, nothing has been done because the government has failed to honour the agreements.

“We suspended the last strike in October 2022 with the hope that the government would resolve all the outstanding issues, but till today, June 25, 2024, nothing has been done.

“The protest is to call the attention of the general public to be aware and bear witness that ASUU has been patient enough with the government.

“Enough is enough; this is totally unacceptable because many of our members have died due to the present economic hardships.

“We urge the government to do the needful because ASUU should not be blamed for any industrial action anytime from now.”

According to him, the agreements include the removal of ASUU from IPPIS, outstanding academic allowances, revitalisation fund, payment of promotion arrears balance, as well as withheld salaries, among others.

Silas noted that the Federal government had paid four months out of the about eight months of outstanding salaries remaining three and a half months.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest was carried out by the union members within all the faculties of the institution and terminated at the university gate, chanting solidarity songs.

They carried placards with various inscriptions, such as “Remove ASUU from IPPIS,”  “Release our withheld salaries,” “Implement ASUU, FG agreements,” and “We are not casual workers,”  among others.

NAN

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