ASUU to FG: Stop feeding Nigerians with lies

We’ve resolved that until these issues are resolved, and being implemented, we’re not going to go back

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has protested to the federal government about a series of lies and half-truths about the union's lingering strike triggered by the non-implementation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement.

The Union accused the federal government of saying that it had reached an agreement on nearly all the issues that the strike since February demanded.

Comrade Uzo Onyebinama, the Owerri Zonal Coordinator of the body, addressed newsmen on Tuesday in Awka, Anambra state, and lamented the deceitful disposition of the government at the cost of the future of Nigerian students.

He said the body was not ready to call off the strike until, considering its negative consequences for its members, all the agreements it had with the government were renegotiated and signed.

He also called for the help of the federal government for both students and parents to do the requisite things to save university education from complete collapse.

He said,
“We’ve resolved that until these issues are resolved, and being implemented, we’re not going to go back to class because it’s bothered on our salaries and other condition of service.

“Yes, our salaries have not been paid since February, they’ve managed to pay some till June, while some are being owed nine months, some three because of the confusion called IPPIS, we’re still willing to continue in the struggle.”

Onyebinama insisted that they would not be cowed by such distractions by describing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) as diversionary by the government to overshadow the issues at stake.

“We said we don’t want further Memorandum of Actions, we want implementations because we’ve had series of them without implementations which had led us to this merry go round of strikes.

“If they keep dilly-dallying, maybe other forces may take over the struggle from us. NANS has given an ultimatum for this strike to end so as to return to school, we don’t know their next line of action. But one thing we know is that government doesn’t have all the time to implement these issues we raised,” he added.

The meeting was attended by the Board of Directors of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State University, Owerri, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.