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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Monday, declared a total and indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to keep to the 2019 Memorandum of Action and over the lingering crisis on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

The union’s National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, announced the strike at a  briefing in its National Secretariat, Abuja, noting that the strike was decided by its National Executive Council after an emergency meeting.

The union had begun a two-week warning strike on March 9 and the action elapsed on Monday, which had now led the university lecturers to a full-blown strike.

Despite the meetings, the Federal Government had insisted that the union had to enroll on the platform, prompting the union to hold another executive meeting on March 8 at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu State.

The union thereafter announced a two-week warning strike on March 9, on the lingering IPPIS crisis, and the 2019 MoA.

At the expiration of the strike on Monday, ASUU President, Ogunyemi, at a briefing in Abuja, said the union had commenced a “total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action” as a result of the failure of the government to address its issues.

Ogunyemi said, “The government has told ASUU that it now accepts the union’s proposal on UTAS with the given timelines for full development; one, software development, six months; two, alpha testing, three months; three, beta testing, six months; four, stable release, three months. However, the appeal of the government to encourage ASUU members enroll in IPPIS within the intervening period before the full development of UTAS was rejected as a booby trap.

“ASUU rejects the application of force on our members to join IPPIS irrespective of the patriotic evidence shown by the union to offer a more credible alternative to IPPIS.

“Our resolution – Comrades and compatriots, it was difficult for the National Executive Council to take some painful decisions in its last meeting. Our wish was that the government would satisfactorily address issues that gave rise to the warning strike which was billed to end today. However, we are not yet there as a country – a situation in which peaceful means, other than threats would be adopted to resolve the industrial harmony.

“So the resolution of this emergency NEC meeting is as follows; Based on the review of the reports from ASUU leadership’s engagements with the government, NEC concluded that the government had failed to satisfactorily address the outstanding issues raised in the FGN-ASUU 2019 MoA and ignored the objections of ASUU against IPPIS. Consequently, NEC resolved to embark on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action beginning from Monday, March 23, 2020, until the issues are satisfactorily resolved.”

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