*says FG using salary stoppage to punish its members
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday raised the alarm of an evil conspiracy among the ruling elite to wipe out public university education in Nigeria.
ASUU raised the alarm through the Chairman of the University of Ibadan chapter of the union, Professor Ayo Akinwole while speaking on the on going ASUU strike.
He stressed that the ” evil conspiracy ” is aimed at elevating Private Universities which are owned by the elites and their collaborators ahead the public Universities which provides education to over ninety percent of Nigerian students .
The ASUU Chairman pointed out that as part of the ploy to achieve the evil conspiracy, the federal government is presently using salary stoppage to punish varsity lecturers for being concerned the parlous state of affairs in the nation’s tertiary education.
Speaking through the Chairman of the Union at the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayo Akinwole, the union stressed that the government is also deducting check off dues on behalf of the Union and refused to remit same to the Union between February and June 2020.
The ASUU Chairman maintained that the plan to use salary stoppage to punish the lecturers with the parlous state of affairs in the nations’ tertiary education has failed as members are resolved to ensure that government becomes responsive and responsible.
“As of today October 4, 2020 ASUU members are been owed three (3) months salaries. In some Universities like MOAU and UNIMAID our members have not received salary for up to six (6) months . Federal Government through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation have criminally withheld five months (February-June, 2020) Check-Off deducted from our members salaries without remittance to the Union,” he said.
Professor Akinwole added, that the
Federal government has forcefully enlisted their ” members on the National Housing Fund(NHF) scheme and has consistently been illegally deducting money for this from our members salaries”.
“Our ongoing total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action would continue if this propaganda and lies against ASUU by appointees and representatives of the federal government like the Minister of Labour and Employment MoL&E Dr. Chris Ngige persists.”
He stressed that the University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (UTAS) developed by the Union to replace government Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) which has been ochestrated to destroy global academic culture is fully ready, lamenting government’s insincerity of purpose.
Denying the claim that the Union would call off its strike as propagated by Labour Minister, Dr Chris Ngige adding that while the lecturers are ready to work, it will not to do until and unless government fully attends to all her demands including immediate implementation, Professor Akinwole said, ASUU ” is ready to discuss outstanding issues on the implementation of the February 2019 MOA the FG signed with ASUU and other conditions of service with government, federal government has not been forthcoming but has rather resorted to embarking on propaganda against the union.”