Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU) Yola zone said they will no longer accept any pleads from Nigerians in a sooner possible Strike they are about embark.
The union in a Press Conference at the NUJ secretariat in Yola said Nigerians should rather blame the federal government for their failure to comply with the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.
The ASUU Yola Zone which comprises of Adamawa State University (ADSU), Mubi, Federal University Gashua (FUGA), Modibbo Adama University (MAU), Yola, Taraba State University (TSU), Jalingo, University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), and Yobe State University (YSU), Damaturu said their decision is in the best interest of Nigerians and Nigerian Universities.
While reading the press statement, the ASUU coordinator of Yola Zone, Comrade Reuben Jonathan today (Friday) said the Zone convened at Modibbo Adama University (MAU), Yola on Thursday, December 9th, 2021, and reviewed the Memorandum of Action (MoA) entered into with the Federal Government on December 23rd, 2020 after prolonged strike action by the union; and the nonchalant attitudes displayed by Government functionaries addressing the issues in dispute.
“Recall that in our previous press conference here in Yola on September 15th, 2021, we briefed you on the Government’s refusal and foot-dragging in implementing the said Agreement. Since then, nothing has been done by the Government to address the issues besides propaganda and blackmail.
” The issues remain: Renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement and all efforts by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the promise made to address the issue of Renegotiation have not yielded any result so far. The refusal of the Government to address the issue of Renegotiation has left us on the same salary for 12 years even as the Government has reviewed the minimum wage twice.” The statement read
The Immediate past zonal coordinator of the union, Professor Augustine Ndaghi
while responding to questions by Media men reiterated their firm decision not to shift grounds this time around for whatever reason, but Nigerians should beg the federal government to respect all agreements reached within the context of labor matters.
On University Transparency Accountability Solutions (UTAS), State of the State Universities, Revitalisation funds for public universities and Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), the text continues to read that:
“Recall that our union has developed a robust and dynamic system known as the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which is better.
” Alternative to the pro-corruption Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). It may interest you to know that UTAS has been subjected to and passed all the integrity tests without any shortcomings. However, beneficiaries of corruption-laden IPPIS have continued to ensure that UTAS does not see the light of day, thereby subjecting our members to untold hardship. The question here is whose interest IPPIS is protecting and at what level was IPPIS ever tested?
“The role of state-owned universities in providing tertiary education cannot be overemphasized in Nigeria. It is worrisome to note that the state governments in recent times have politicized the establishment of state universities, leading to the neglect of the noble values of universities as universal entities. Similarly, undue interference in the governance of these universities is counterproductive and erodes the autonomy of the universities.
“In the sequence of meetings with the Federal Government, it has been revealed that only twenty billion nairas out of the thirty-billion-naira revitalization grant were released to the universities one year after the MOA was signed.
“On Earned Academic Allowances (EAA): the entitlement was to be paid at the latest in May and June 2021, but as of this moment, nothing has been released to that effect. ”
ASUU further said; “Education is an inalienable right of every Nigerian child, we are aware that due to the flagrant neglect and frustration of Nigerian public universities, government functionaries are deliberately denying the poor Nigerian children access to university education as their children are secured in private universities all over the world. We, therefore, call on the general public and concerned citizens to save public universities by compelling the government to honor its agreements.”