The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Owerri Zone, has accused the minister of labour and employment, Dr Chris Ngige, and his education counterpart, Chief Emeka Nwajiuba, of feeding Nigerians with lies and half-truth, especially on issues surrounding the union’s ongoing seven-month-old industrial action.
The Zonal Coordinator, Comrade Uzo Onyebinama, while revealing this in a press conference held by the union at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Multiple Purpose Hall, Awka, on Tuesday, to update the general public on the ongoing strike, saying no plans to suspend the action yet.
He also informs that staff of Nigeria public universities are still earning the same salary since 2009 without any increase.
According to him, the trending rumour making the round on social media that the Federal government and the Union have reached an agreement to end the industrial action was fake news, purportedly cook by some top government officials whose children are studying abroad.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Onyebinama noted that the issues in contention remain revitalisation fund for public universities, arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), visitation to universities, the proliferation of state universities and issues of governance in them, and conclusion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement.
He said the later issue of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was a new introduction and a diversion as no university in the world runs such a system.
“Instead of apologising to the Nigerians and hiding their heads in shame on the serial failures of Governments particularly the present Government which came on the mantra of change, the duo, Chris Ngige and Emeka Nwajiuba, have been feeding Nigerians with lies and half-truth.
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