Nigeria: ASUU Leaders Contrsdict Themselves Over Reason For The Strike

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Leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are beginning to contradict themselves over the reasons they embarked on their on-going strike which had entered eighth month.

While some of the leaders in the south-south region said that the Federal Governments insistence on enrolling varsity teachers in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Scheme (IPPS).

Prof. Augustine Ndaghu, coordinator in Yola said that the dispute between the union and the Federal Government was based on a Memorandum of Action which government had failed to execute since Feb. 7, 2019.

He said two of the five major issues in dispute are the provision of revitalization fund for public universities and the constitution of visitation panels to federal universities.

Adding that other are renegotiation of a 2008 FG-ASUU agreement, the payment of arrears of Earned Academic Allowances and the proliferation of state universities and their affairs.

The coordinator accused some top Federal Government officials of deliberately trying to deny the children of common citizens of access to tertiary education.

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