The Federal Authorities has appealed to hanging college lecturers to renew dialogue on a few of the points raised by the Educational Employees Union of Universities (ASUU).

The management of ASUU had on March 23rd, declared an indefinite strike over the Built-in Personnel and Payroll Data System and the non-implementation of the 2009 FGN-ASUU settlement.

The union leaders had accused the Federal Authorities of failing to implement the contents of the memorandum of motion (MoA) that was signed final 12 months by either side.

ASUU’s Nationwide President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who introduced the strike at its headquarters in Abuja, famous that the federal authorities, after two consultative conferences with its staff led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen, Chris Ngige, had failed to handle the problems raised by the union.

However in a press release on Sunday, Ngige accused the management of ASUU of deceiving the members and never telling them the reality.

Within the launch signed by his media aide, Emmanuel Nzomiwu, the minister warned that if the union refuses to renew dialogue, the federal government might resort to labour legal guidelines to see what might be carried out.

He stated the legislation permits the Federal Authorities to take the union to the Nationwide Arbitration Panel and even the Nationwide Industrial Court docket.

Ngige stated the ASUU strike was all about IPPIS, including that “every other motive given by ASUU is an alibi.”

The minister recalled that he invited the management of the union for a zoom assembly however they insisted on assembly him nose to nose.

He stated: “I invited ASUU for a zoom assembly in compliance with World Well being Organisation (WHO) and Nationwide Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) COVID-19 pointers, however they insisted on assembly me nose to nose. We now have labour legal guidelines.

“On what might be carried out, we’ve hierarchy of arbitration. There’s the Nationwide Arbitration Panel. If I’m drained, I can refer it to the Nationwide Arbitration Panel. If I’m drained, I can refer it to the Nationwide Industrial Court docket. The higher factor for them is to come back and negotiate on firsthand foundation the place we’re not bringing an exterior arbitrator.”

He described the place of ASUU within the dispute with Federal Authorities as laughable, noting that as staff of the federal government the lecturers lacked the powers to dictate to authorities on easy methods to obtain their wages.

“It’s even within the Worldwide Labour Organisation (ILO) conference on wages. You can’t dictate on your employers easy methods to pay you. However the vital factor is on your salaries and wages to come back to you.  As a workman, you obtain your pay as compensation for providers rendered.

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“So, that’s on the statute all over the place. However for some unusual causes, this has been a problem with the Educational Employees Union of Nigerian Universities. Why? they claimed that they’re being migrated from the GFMIS (Authorities Built-in Monetary Administration Data (GFMIS) platform to the IPPIS).

“The Federal Authorities is paying them and the Federal Authorities says, ‘we’re dropping some huge cash paying you from the GFMIS platform, which solely transmits cash on your salaries to the college system, particularly the bursar’s workplace, from the place they pay you.

“The anomalies are that, one, a few of the persons are ghost employees. They don’t exist in any respect however their names exist and they’re drawing cash from the Federal Authorities.

“Some folks obtain greater than their due as a result of after the salaries, some who’re educating in varied different universities are speculated to take 50 p.c as further pay for educating in that different universities and the utmost universities they need to train is 2. Some train in three, some train in 4 universities.

“Once more, the taxes which might be being deducted by your bursar and your Vice Chancellor’s are usually not reflective of the taxes of PAYE (Pay As You Earn). They don’t seem to be and since they aren’t, the shortfall of the taxes which might be deducted, the varied state governments, the varied state governments the place the schools are domicilled have petitioned the Joint Tax Board (JTB) to demand for this shortfalls, to demand for this shortfalls,” Ngige stated.

ASUU president, Ogunyemi stated the union has by no means declined invitation to negotiations with authorities.

He stated: “ASUU has by no means declined invitation to negotiations with authorities. What we requested authorities representatives to do was to ship us their response to the final letter we despatched to them.

“ASUU management has been holding Zoom conferences with their members.  We should be positive of what’s coming from authorities earlier than accepting to attend any assembly.

“How can they declare to have invited us to a gathering with out clear agenda or any a call for participation?”

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