The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, said the Nigerian government is on the verge of dismantling the country’s educational system.
ASUU of the Sokoto State University stated this in a Press Release Jointly Signed and made available to ‘Smarts News’ by the Chairperson and Secretary of the Union, Saidu Isah Abubakar and Hassan Aliyu respectively.
The Union expressed disappointment over the Federal Government’s failure to act on key problems raised in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) agreed on December 23, 2020 between the two parties.
According to the Press Release, some of the targeted critical issues which the MoA seeks to address include, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and IPPIS, Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) accruing to members, funding for the revitalisation of public universities, proliferation of state universities, as well as signing and implementation of the renegotiated draft 2009 agreement.
“The government is being evasive, avoiding signing and implementing the renegotiated agreements”.
“Similarly, while UTAS was created entirely by academics in Nigerian universities and at no cost to the federal government, lecturers were forced to enrol on an untrusted monster platform (IPPIS)”. The statement added.
The ASUU therefore said, “For the benefit of the Nigerian child, the union requests that the federal government cease making seemingly elusive promises and be courageous enough to honour its agreement with the union to rescue the country’s university system from collapse.”