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ASUU To FG: No Talks On Calling Off Strike Without Payment Of Withheld Salaries



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The leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has asked both Federal and State Governments to immediately pay all the arrears of the withheld salaries of its members to pave for further discussion on the outstanding issues that led to indefinite strike declared on March 23rd 2020.

The Union also, on Tuesday, unveiled its most touted Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), saying the software is now ready for integrity tests as requested by the Federal Government that had approved it in principle.

UTAS was developed by ASUU as an alternative to the Federal Government’s Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), which the Union rejected.

President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, announced that UTAS was ready for integrity tests at a news conference in Abuja where he also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the University of Lagos (UNILAG) crisis by setting up a Special Visitation Panel to the University.

He rejected and condemned the purported removal of the Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, by the Governing Council chaired by Dr Wale Babalakin (SAN) without due process, saying the President as Visitor to the University must act immediately to save the crisis from further degeneration.

Ogunyemi disclosed that UTAS software was presented to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu and other senior management of the Federal Ministry of Education, including Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, for government to subject the software to integrity tests.

The Union embarked on an indefinite strike on March 23rd 2020 over an attempt to force the lecturers on IPPIS platform and failure of the government to meet other demands of ASUU.

Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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