ASUU strike can be called off if Federal Govt Accepts UTAS – Lecturers

ASUU strike can be called off if Federal Govt Accepts UTAS - Lecturers
ASUU strike can be called off if Federal Govt Accepts UTAS – Lecturers

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has stated that if the federal government meets its concerns, the ASUU strike will be called off immediately.

On Monday night, ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke announced this on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Osodeke claimed to have struck an agreement with the government, but it has yet to be signed.

According to him, a crucial requirement is ASUU’s insistence on adopting its own produced payment mechanism, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS).

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“As far as ASUU is concerned, the strike can end tomorrow.

“We have finished the negotiation. If the government calls us now to come and sign the agreement, we will be there tomorrow.

“Let the government tell us they have finished testing the UTAS and we have accepted it, then we will call off the strike.

“When will they sign the agreement? When will they accept UTAS? Those are the two questions we should ask the Nigerian government,” Osodeke said.

It would be recalled that the ASUU strike action, which started on February 14, 2022 has entered 140th day this Monday.

ASUU has been at conflict with the federal government, accusing it of refusing to honor the 2009 agreement struck with the Union.

Its demands in the agreements include, among other things, a five-year review of university lecturers’ working conditions, the issue of salaries and allowances, the revitalization of public universities, and the University Transparency Accountability Solution, as well as inconsistencies in the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) payment platform.

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