The Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU) has directed its members to launch a two-week warning strike with immediate effect.
The union’s National Executive Committee met in Enugu on Monday and agreed to embark on the notice to protest against what they described as a move by the federal government to stop payment of their February salary.
Shortly after their NEC meeting in Enugu, ASUU President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said the union asked all its members to immediately proceed with a two-week warning strike to allow them to address issues related to the February salary alleged to have been barred by the government for failure to comply with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) registration. He said Monday March 9, the warning strike will take effect.
Recall that President Muhammad Buhari has insisted that the directive given in which all Federal Government staff, including the Federal Universities, must be enrolled in the IPPIS is a must and no going back. In a letter dated 23 January 2020 from the Federation’s Office of the Accountant General, addressed to the Minister of Finance and National Planning, it demanded that the release of funds be stopped for the payment of salaries for all academic workers who have failed to enroll in IPPIS.
The letter titled “Request for Stoppage of Release of Funds for January Salaries to Federal Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education”read: “I am directed to inform you that preparation of January 2020 salary payroll and warrants of the federal tertiary institutions are ongoing and will be ready for submission on or before 29th of January, 2020.”