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Exempt university teams from IPPIS and comply with agreements, ASUU tells FG

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

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

Addressing journalists after the protest, the President urged the federal government to implement renegotiations of the 2009 agreements reached with the national ASUU to prevent the resumption of the suspended strike.
Silas said: “We are carrying out these protests across the country as directed by the national body of ASUU in solidarity to urge the federal government to promptly meet our demands.

“The government has not met our demands regarding the 2009 renegotiation agreements with the ASUU national body 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 not fulfilled the agreements.

“We called off the last strike in October 2022 in the hope that the government would resolve all outstanding issues, but as of today, June 25, 2024, nothing has been done.

“The protest is to draw 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 current economic difficulties.

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

According to him, the agreements include ASUU’s exit from IPPIS, outstanding academic allowances, revitalization fund, payment of promotion arrears, as well as withheld salaries, among others.

Silas noted that the federal government had paid four months of the approximately eight months of outstanding wages remaining in three and a half months.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the protest was carried out by trade unionists within all the faculties of the institution and ended at the gate of the university, singing songs of solidarity.

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

YAYA.

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