ASUU is ready to call off strike – Sodeke

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed its readiness to end its ongoing industrial strike action.

ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday night, July 4, 2022.

He said that an agreement had been reached with the government, but it has not been signed.

Recall that the public universities were shut down on February 14, 2022, by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the other three university-based unions, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), joined in the strike over the inability of the government to address their concerns.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had insisted on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) it created, claiming that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was short changing the teachers.

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU) had also Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS), as their own payment platform.

Sodoke on Monday again said ASUU’s insistence on using their own generated payment platform, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), is a key demand.

His statement reads; “As far as ASUU is concerned, the strike can end tomorrow.

“We have finished the negotiation. If the government calls us now to come and sign the agreement, we will be there tomorrow.

“Let the government tell us they have finished testing the UTAS and we have accepted it, then we will call off the strike.

“When will they sign the agreement? When will they accept UTAS? Those are the two questions we should ask the Nigerian government,” Osodeke said.

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