The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof Ogunyemi Abiodun, has given reasons why the ongoing strike has lingered for more than 8 months.
He accused the Federal Government of being manipulative and deceptive and also failing to show commitment in resolving the impasse.
Speaking to Channels Television on theirSunrise Daily programme, the National President said;
What we need is a commitment; there is nothing like transition and what we are saying, in essence, is that government should just go ahead and pay what government has withheld – the salaries of our members; people have not been paid for eight or nine months on account of not registering on IPPIS.
“Government should stop this arm-twisting and manipulation, going back to universities to ask them to go and enroll in IPPIS so that they will go and migrate to UTAS; people see it as a game of deception and we cannot trust them.”
“Each time people talk about this problem has been there for long, they don’t also appreciate the solution we have brought to the system to keep the system going.
“But for ASUU’s intervention, we would no longer have public universities today. Do we still have public primary schools? Do we still have public secondary schools? That is what will happen to public universities.”