ASUU strike can end tomorrow if Federal Govt Accepts UTAS – Lecturers
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said the Nigerian ASUU strike will end immediately if the federal government addresses its concerns.
ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this while speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday night.
Osodeke claimed an agreement had been reached with the government, but it has not been signed.
According to him, ASUU’s insistence on using their own generated payment platform, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), is a key demand.
“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.
It would be recalled that the ASUU strike action, which started on February 14, 2022 has entered 140th day this Monday.
ASUU has been at odds with the federal government, alleging the latter’s reluctance to honor the 2009 deal it reached with the Union.
Its demands in the agreements include, among other things, the review of the conditions of service of university lecturers every five years, the issue of salaries and allowances, the revitalization of public universities, and the University Transparency Accountability Solution and the inconsistencies in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) payment platform.