October 12 resumption date: Lecturers can’t work on empty stomach, strike indefinite – ASUU

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There were strong indications on Monday that students of public universities in the country would stay at home further as ASUU dismissed the FG’s directive that all educational institutions in the country should resume on Monday next week.

The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in a telephone interview with The PUNCH,  said the Federal Government was not sincere about negotiations with the union, adding that lecturers would not resume on an empty stomach.

Ogunyemi specifically took a swipe at the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, for violating a directive of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), that lecturers’ salaries should be paid.

He hinted that Nigerians should be ready for a long-drawn strike in universities with the way government was handling negotiations.

Also, the Non-Academic Staff  Union on Monday said the Federal Government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System was not transparent, saying many of its members were being cheated.

Both  NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities began a 14-day warning strike on Monday over the adoption of the IPPIS  in universities and non-payment of minimum wage to their members.

The Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, had, at a media briefing in Abuja on Friday,  said government had approved the reopening of educational institutions beginning from Monday, October 12.

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