The strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities has not been relaxed amid the lockdown as plans of union to meet with the federal government remain on hold.
The union’s decision to embark on the strike which too effect from the 23rd of march 2020, stemmed from the integrated payroll personal information system (IPPS) scheme created by the federal government last year Dec 31, where its mandate emphasized warning on salary retrieval for public employees who failed to enroll on the platform.
While some of ASUU members complied in line with government’s directive, the union leaders mostly, maintained their grounds of disagreement which initiated the two weeks warning strike.
According to the response of the union leader Prof Biodun Ogunyemi in an interview, the union is yet to meet with federal government to table their disagreement. Though the union has communicated to government in writing, the union remain expectant of response, he revealed.
However, the union leader also hinted on the obstruction brought about by covid-19 pandemic which has been a deterrent factor surrounding the union’s efforts to reach out to the federal government as a result for interstate lock-down across the federation.
Continuing on the issue of Covid-19, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed that a recent ventilator invented and presented by a team of the union at the Federal University of Agriculture Markurdi, the production and donation of personal protective equipment (PPE), are highlights of active involvement of its members in the wake of Covid-19.
Also, he spoke of the active participation of the union members in various research for finding solutions to covid-19. The industrial action has in no way prevented the participation of its members in activities aimed at prevention and control of Covid-19. He added.