The University of Abuja Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has demanded 500 billion naira for the revitalization of public universities there by rejecting the 20 billion naira offer proffered by the federal government.
The union stated that the N20billion offered by the Government will not do anything significant in revamping the dilapidated state of the public Universities in the country. ASSU disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement after a meeting with its Congress
“Congress rejects the Twenty billion naira for Revitalization fund to the Universities and requested for an upgrade to a minimum of five hundred billion naira. And this must be released immediately as a mark of FGN’s commitment towards addressing the decay in the University system,” ASUU stated.
ASUU also stated that the Government must pay the full N40billion Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) owed to its members for November 2019 and August 2020. It also demanded the immediate mainstreaming of the EAA into the national budget.
The union restated its position on IPPIS, saying: “Congress re-affirmed its earlier position by rejecting IPPIS in totality. Consequently, congress commends the Union’s leadership for the development of UTAS which captures the peculiarities of the University system. Going forward, our salaries should be paid with UTAS.”
ASUU also rejected the proposition that ASUU members are to enroll into IPPIS as a requirement for payment of withheld salaries. The union further demanded all withheld salaries to be paid immediately and by University Transparency and Accounting Solution (UTAS).
The Ahmadu Bello University Chapter of the union also released a statement rejecting the offers of the Federal Government and reaffirming its commitment to the strike until the federal goverment meets their demands.