ASUU says no going back on strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the recent release of N55.5 billion to the universities by the federal government towards fulfilling parts of the contents of the Memorandum of Action signed with the union may not be enough to stop an impending industrial action by the body.

The union, in a statement issued at the end of its South-west zonal meeting which was held yesterday at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, described the payment as paltry of the billions of naira of owed revitalization funds and earned academic allowance.

The statement, which was signed by the coordinator of the zone, Adelaja Odukoya, said part of the conditions to avert the strike is for the government to immediately end the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for universities and sign the renegotiated agreement document completed in May 2021.

The new threat is coming exactly nine days shy of one year when the union suspended its nine-month prolonged strike, which paralyzed academic activities across the universities in the country.