The Academic Staff Union of Universities will meet on Saturday to make a final decision on its proposed statewide strike, among other things.
Jamilu Shehu, the union’s zonal coordinator in charge of the Sokoto zone, made the announcement at a news conference in Katsina on Wednesday.
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero, Sokoto State University, Sokoto, and Federal University Dutsinma are all part of the ASUU Sokoto zone.
By quickly executing the December 23, 2020, Memorandum of Action negotiated with the union, the ASUU scribe advised the Federal Government not to drag the nation’s educational sector into dark days of strike actions.
He declared, “We are, hence, calling for all the concerned parties to urgently address these issues in line with the spirit and letters of the December 2020 MoA and the intervention of the Speaker, House of Representatives, and others, or risk industrial action.
“Also the union hereby calls on all patriotic Nigerians to prevail on the government to return to the path of honour by concluding the MoA it agreed to implement.
“Both the federal and state governments should be impressed upon to accord the educational sector the attention it deserves because that is the only, and of course surest way, that we can truly develop as a nation.”
Shehu cited a number of unresolved difficulties, including the lack of complete implementation of funds for public university revitalization and the payment and mainstreaming of Earned Academic Allowances.
The implementation of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, as well as anomalies in Salary Payment with the Integrated Personnel Payroll System, are among the others, according to him.
He went on to say that ASUU and the Federal Government had completed the renegotiation process and had produced a draft document, but that the government team was delaying making additional recommendations on the draft.
“In view of the foregoing, therefore, ASUU would no longer rely on lies and pledges of the implementation of the 23rd December 2020 MoA by the government,” Shehu maintained.
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