The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi State chapter, has joined the two weeks warning strike called by union across Nigerian public universities.
ASUU had, on Monday, began a two-week strike to press the Federal Government to implement its 2019 agreement and resolution.
The Union has been at loggerheads with the Federal Government over the introduction of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) since last year to ensure transparency in salary payment.
Speaking with journalists in Bauchi on Thursday, the Chairman of ATBU Chapter, Dr. Adamu Babayo, disclosed that they decided to join the strike as directed by the ASUU National Secretariat.
He said that after the National Executive Council meeting, which was held at the Enugu State University on Monday, the Union held its Congress on Tuesday and resolved to join the strike.
He said: “Yes, we have joined the strike. We are in full compliance with the resolutions of the NEC. We invited our members for a Congress on Tuesday. And the congress resolved to join the two weeks warning strike. This (Wednesday) morning, we inaugurated a monitoring team and it has started working on the campuses to ensure strict compliance by our members.
“Our members are fully agitated even from the mobilization we did in January, our members are seriously agitated over the issues and we have maximum support and ATBU is a strong branch when it comes to the struggle in the union. So, our members have complied and are fully motivated for that action.”
He said that no activities are going on in the school and even the Post graduate examinations that were going on had to be stopped because of the industrial actions.
He said the federal government is not sensitive to our memorandum of action it signed with the Union in February that they would fund Nigerian universities and talk to governors on proliferation of state Universities and mainstream their academic allowance.
For the first time in 20 years of uninterrupted academic calendar, the University of Ilorin’s Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU chapter joined the two weeks warning strike declared by the national body over the IPPIS controversy.
DAILY POST reports that consequently, academic activities have been paralysed at the main campus of the institution due to the strike by the union over the refusal by the federal government to pay the February salaries of the university teachers.
The Federal government hinged the delay in payment of salaries in the failure of teachers to enroll for the integrated payroll and personnel information system (IPPIS) for workers under its workforce.
At the end of its meeting in Enugu weekend, the national body of ASUU, directed the teachers in all public universities to embark on a two-week warning strike to force the Federal government to back down on its decision on payment of February salaries.
DAILY POST reports that the UNILORIN chapter of ASUU, joined the strike action when the 100 and 200 level students of the institution were still sitting for the first semester examination of 2019/2020 academic calendar.
It was gathered that the university authorities had directed that the ongoing examination be suspended until the strike is called off.
Chairman UNILORIN ASUU, Professor Moyosore Saliu Ajao, said the chapter under his watch had fully complied with the directive of the national executive of the union on the warning strike.
He described the IPPIS issue as a distraction which the government capitalized on as a cover up for its failure to honor the memorandum of agreement reached with ASUU in 2019.
Ajao described the strike action as unfortunate for students and pleaded with them and parents to reason with the union.
“It is unfortunate that UNILORIN will be going on strike for the first time in about 20 years but nothing lasts forever. We are welcome back to reality of life. For us, not going on strike as lecturers of UNILORIN, has it really benefited us?,” the union leader added.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has also joined the nationwide two weeks warning strike of the body.
The Chairman of the institution’s chapter of ASUU, Comrade Stephen Ufoaro, while addressing members during a congress to commence the warning strike at the multipurpose hall of the institution on Tuesday, said the strike became imperative, since the Federal government failed to reach a logical conclusion on their demands.
He told his colleagues that the strike was following the decision of the Federal Government to stop salaries of lecturers who have not enrolled in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
He said the Unizik chapter of the body was also opposing the use of IPPIS as a payment platform for Nigeria Universities lecturers.
“This strike action is to compel federal government to implement the long awaiting agreement of the Memorandum of Understand (MoU) of 2013 and and Memorandum of Action in 2019 implemented, which the federal government failed to implement,” he said.
A lecturer, Prof. Au Nonyelu, in his contribution, said, “We joined in the struggle in order to protect the welfare of our members and to secure the future of our children and that of others as well.
“We are doing this to lay the foundation for a university system capable of competing with International Universities, in Nigeria.”