By Jimmy Jackson
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in reaction to President Buhari comments on the ongoing ASUU strike has said the Federal Government, and not its members, are responsible for the union’s prolonged Strike.
President Buhari had called on ASUU to reconsider their position on the continued strike, and also telling leaders of the union that enough is enough.
President Buhari made the call when he met with some governors, lawmakers and other dignitaries who paid him Sallah visit at his country home in Daura, Katsina State,
ASUU National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, while responding to media report about the President’s Statement, says “Nigerians should ask the government when they will ask us to come and sign the report/agreement of the renegotiation meeting after conclusion on demands by the union on June 16, 2022.”
ASUU embarked on strike February 14, 2022 over the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the government and the insistence of the government on the adoption of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) as a payment platform for all federal workers.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government on Wednesday stated that there was no Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) awaiting the signature of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige said this in a statement by the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the Ministry, Olajide Oshundun on Wednesday
The Minister in his words says “We wish therefore to inform Nigerians that there is no such Collective Bargaining Agreement(CBA) that has been reached between the Federal Government, ASUU and other university unions on the renegotiation of their salaries and allowances(wages). What is in existence is a proposal. Even when such a CBA is made , it is not the President that signs it. From available records, no Nigerian President or sovereign signs such.
He continued, “We finally use this medium to once more appeal to ASUU and their sister university unions whose complaints except for the Renegotiation of their 2013/2014 Agreement, to go back to school, knowing full well that these ceaseless strikes de-market our universities and certificates therefrom, while government labours with their leaders to produce a standard pay rise as soon as possible.”