Labor and Employment Minister Festus Keyamo claims that the Federal Government is unable to root its efforts in order to satisfy the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
In an interview with Channels Television’s Political Today on Friday, he acknowledged as much.
In spite of government efforts, he urged parents to “ask” ASUU for help.
“Should we borrow to pay N1.2 trillion annually?,” he asked. A single sector of the economy can’t force us to borrow N1.2 trillion for overheads when our entire income is roughly N6.1 trillion. That’s not acceptable. In addition, you must construct roads, health centres, and other infrastructure.
People who know them can appeal to their patriotism, just like the President mentioned the other time.” It is time for the students return to school. There are others in Nigeria as well. Other people get their hands on federal funds as well. Because of ASUU’s demands, the country cannot grind to a standstill.
ASUU went on a four-week warning strike on February 14th. In order to ensure that the government met all of the union’s demands, the union voted to extend the industrial action for another two months on March 14. On May 9, a new extension of 12 weeks was announced.
ASUU announced a month-long strike extension last Monday, vowing to continue the walkout until its demands are granted.
It was a result of the government’s failure to meet some of its demands, including releasing the revitalization funds for universities, releasing earned allowances to university lecturers and deploying the University Transparency Accountability System for payment of salaries and allowances to university lecturers, among others.
There’s also the matter of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). The University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) has been presented by the academics as an alternative to the current payroll system (UTAS).
As soon as the strike began, stakeholders called on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to find a long-term solution.