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Why ASUU May Embark On Strike – Union Speaks

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has warned that it might initiate another industrial action if the federal government does not disburse the allocated N170 billion in the 2023 budget for university revitalization and address other urgent issues.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos at the weekend, the coordinator of ASUU Lagos zone, Prof. Adelaja Odukoya, reiterated the union’s call for increased government funding and attention for public universities.

The Lagos Zone of ASUU consists of University of Lagos ( UNILAG),  the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo; Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun-Ijebu Ode; the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Ago-Iwoye; the Lagos University of Science and Technology( LASUSTECH) Ikorodu; the Lagos University of Education( LASUED) Otto-Ijanikin; and the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB) Abeokuta.

Odukoya noted that some of the lingering issues which government had not addressed include the non-injection of revitalisation funds as agreed and also appropriated for in the 2023 Budget,  the proliferation of both federal and state universities without financial support, the prolonged delay in renegotiation of their 2009 Agreement, and the continuous use of “deceptive IPPIS” as  payment platform.

Others according to him, are the continuous delay in the payment of their Earned Academic Allowances, the continuous use of Treasury Single Account (TSA) for university operations, the non-full payment of their eight-month withheld salaries, the non-recall of sacked ASUU officials at LASU five years ago, and the non-release of the university’s white paper on the 2021 Visitation Panel.

On its withheld salary, the union condemned the “No-Work No-Pay” policy implemented during the previous administration, which left  lecturers without salaries for a long period.

Though the union acknowledged partial payment, it described it a insufficient and insensitive with the current economic woes.

The don urged President Bola Ahmed  Tinubu to address the issues urgently to avoid embarking on strike again.

The union called on various stakeholders, including the media, labour movement, student organisations, and civil societies to support the academics towards improving the nation’s public university system.

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