ASUU threatens industrial action over non-payment of members’ salaries



ASUU threatens industrial action over non-payment of members’ salaries

By Polycarp Auta

The University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) has threatened to launch industrial action if the 13-month salaries of more than 1,000 of its members across the country are not paid.

Dr Lazarus Maigoro, president of the union section of the University of Jos, who said so in a statement to Jos on Saturday, added that the federal government had also withheld dues from affected members.

He accused Ahmed Idris, the General Accountant of the Federation (AGF), of systematically denying speakers their remuneration, even after the government and the union reached an agreement on the non-victimization of its members as a result. of their last strike.

The president alleged that affected members were threatened with either registering for the Integrated Payroll and Staff Information System (IPPIS) platform or having their salaries withheld.

He explained that despite directives from President Muhammadu Buhari that union members receive their full compensation, AGF denied the affected union members their wages, in total violation of the terms of the agreement signed between the union and the government.

Maigoro said the AGF office continued to feed the public and some sections of government with false reasons for this, such as incorrect BVN numbers, misspelled names and their sequential arrangement, among others.

He added, however, that such an apology was not tenable, as the scholarship departments of their different institutions submitted the names separately to the authorities, but the problem continued to persist.

“ASUU wants to draw the attention of the Nigerian public to the deliberate, systematic and unpatriotic actions of the Federation’s Accountant General, Ahmed Idris, on the future of education in Nigeria.

“Idris, for all intents and purposes, is determined to withhold the salaries of over 1,000 ASUU members spread across the country, with over 100 of these speakers being members of our branch at the University of Jos.

“This is simply because they took part in the last strike and refused to join the much discredited IPPIS, despite the non-victimization clause signed in the Protocol of Action (MoA) which led to the suspension of the strike in December 2020.

“Despite the directive given by the President to pay the salaries of all teachers, AGF refused to pay their salaries, for periods ranging from four to thirteen months respectively.

“Even more worrying is the fact that while AGF refuses to pay salaries, its staff are busy calling relevant speakers and insisting that they register with IPPIS before they are paid; some are even asked to give up part of their salary to be paid. It is therefore very clear that this is a deliberate act on the part of AGF and its staff.

“Many of our members at the University of Jos have not received a salary from February 2020 to date. How they’re supposed to go to class and teach beats my imagination.

“It is not news that our union is committed to retaliate at all costs in order to save our colleagues from its tyranny and unpatriotic act against not only ASUU members, but the future of it. ‘education in Nigeria and therefore, if nothing is done urgently, we will be forced to act, ”Maigoro said.

“The union has come to a point where it can be forced to take drastic measures to save the lives and families of its members, because their despair is also our collective despair.

Maigoro also said the government’s inability to pay other allowances, such as sabbaticals, visitors, part-time and contract staff, was also destroying the country’s university system.

“In addition to the refusal to pay the salaries of our members, the non-payment of allowances for contract staff on sabbatical, visiting, part-time, further kills federal universities in Nigeria, and all because of the IPPIS .

“We hope that whatever decision the union takes, it will not be misinterpreted by the Nigerian public, especially given the apparent silence of the public and the government on the complete violation of our MoA 2020,” he said. he declares.

Maigoro called on President Buhari to look into the matter, in order to save the affected members, as well as the future of education in Nigeria. (NAA)


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