ASUU to FG: Meet our demands or face strike within two weeks

ASUU to FG: Meet our demands or face strike within two weeks

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has urged the Federal Government to meet its demands for improved welfare and administrative conditions in public universities or else it will go on strike in two weeks.

Speaking at a press conference held on Friday at the Abia State University (ABSU) in Uturu, Mrs. Happiness Uduk, ASUU Zonal Coordinator for Calabar Zone, stressed that it was critical to meet these demands to avert a looming nationwide strike.

Uduk stressed that the FG has failed to fulfill its obligations under the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement. This has led to stagnant pay scales and minimal improvements in welfare over the past 15 years.

“ASUU members have been on the same salary scale for 15 years without any change,” Uduk complained. “We urge the government to conclude the negotiations started more than thirteen years ago, under different teams, and take into account current economic realities such as inflation and exchange rates.”

She urged urgent action to renegotiate the terms, covering issues such as the Revitalization Fund for Public Universities, payment of academic allowances, withheld salaries, high taxes and alleged victimization of ASUU members.

Moreover, Uduk highlighted ASUU’s push to expel its members from the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS), proposing the use of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution or similar platforms developed internally by universities.

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Regarding students’ finances, she suggested replacing the FG student loan with grants to ease financial burdens and promote academic activities.

Uduk also called for an end to the proliferation of universities and instead advocated for more funding to improve standards in existing institutions.

At the state level, she urged the Abia State government to immediately clear the 11-month salary arrears owed to ABSU teachers. She criticized the use of the Treasury Single Account for salary payments and suggested a system that meets the university’s operational needs.

The ASUU coordinator also raised grievances at Ebonyi State University where some members have reportedly been suspended without salary for over two years. He called on the state government to reinstate them immediately.

She concluded by stating that ASUU’s continued engagement with stakeholders is aimed at urging government to act quickly. If it is not resolved, ASUU plans to start a nationwide strike within two weeks.