The National Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi says that the lingering strike action embarked upon by the academic union is due to manipulation and insincerity on the part of the government.
Ogunyemi noted this while speaking on Sunrise Daily aired by Channels Television.
He added that the government should be blamed for the inability of university lecturers to resume duties since March.
It should be noted that both parties have been at daggersdrawn over the issue of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). The union has proposedU niversity Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) for the lecturers.
Ogunyemi said “What we need is a commitment; there is nothing like transition and what we are saying, in essence, is that government should just go ahead and pay what government has withheld – the salaries of our members; people have not been paid for eight or nine months on account of not registering on IPPIS,” the ASUU president said on the Channels Television breakfast show.
He added, “Government should stop this arm-twisting and manipulation, going back to universities to ask them to go and enroll in IPPIS so that they will go and migrate to UTAS; people see it as a game of deception and we cannot trust them.”
The union leader said that , it is not the place of the union to tell the government where to source for money to tackle the challenges.