The Federal Government had on Thursday ordered the closure of all tertiary institutions in Nigeria over Coronavirus pandemic, but Monday, Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria has embarked on Indefinite strike after it had embarked on a warning strike on March 9, 2020 to push home their grievances.
According to sources, the national president of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, announced the strike action at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
ASUU is embarking on the strike over the non-payment of salaries of their members who failed to enrol into the federal government’s IPPIS, a payroll software mandated for all public officials.
The IPPIS is the government’s accountability software that has been made compulsory for all public institutions, mainly for personnel payroll.
ASUU is opposed to the use of IPPIS for lecturers, saying it does not consider some of the peculiar operations of universities. The lecturers’ union then developed its own UTAS which it wants the government to adopt for universities. Last week Thursday, there was an interim agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government over the integration of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).