Claim: The Academic Staff Union of Universities has suspended its ongoing strike
The claim that the university lecturers have suspended the ongoing strike is FALSE as the Union reiterates that it has no Twitter handle.
On 21st November 2020, a Twitter handle @ASUUNGR_ claimed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its ongoing industrial action following a meeting with the federal government on November 20th, 2020 which bordered on addressing the demands of the university lecturers.
The tweet which was posted at around 1:19 pm has gathered 2,552 likes and 350 retweets as of 3:18 pm
“ASUU strike has been suspended” it posted.
Subsequently, some online platforms reported the information contained in the tweet. One of such platforms is Nigerian Tracker which reported that the Union is in a meeting and may suspend the strike.
University lecturers in Nigeria, on March 9th, 2020, declared a two-week warning strike to protest against the insistence of the federal government to enroll the lecturers into a new payroll software it has developed for all public officials, the Integrated Pay cash roll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
ASUU said the new payment system does not address some characteristics peculiar to the Nigerian University system.
Upon the expiration of the warning strike, the union declared an indefinite strike to further their demands. This coincided with the closure of schools by the federal government to stifle the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
On one of the meetings arranged to resolve the lingering strike which has been one of the reasons students have not returned to schools after the reopening of schools as a result of the declining cases of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of the Union rejected the offer by the Federal Government’s team to pay the salary of the lecturers and the 30b earned allowance, using IPPIS pending the roll-out of the union’s preferred payment platform, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS)
In a twist of events, the union had another meeting with the federal government which was seen as a major breakthrough in the effort to resolve the strike.
The meeting which was held on November, 21st, 2020, saw the federal government relaxing its stance on the enrollment of the university lecturers into the new payment software, IPPIS.
The Union’s outstanding salaries, the government offered to pay through the old payment platform, GIFMIS, pending the outcome of the result of the integrity test to which the Union’s University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) has been subjected.
The federal government also offered a total sum of N65 billion to the Union to address the issue of earned allowances and funds for revitalisation of universities.
To verify the claim, The ICIR contacted the national president of the Union, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, who debunked the viral information, stating that the Union has not suspended its strike.
“We don’t have a Twitter handle. I don’t know anything about the strike suspension because we don’t suspend our strike like that.” He clarified pointedly.
Based on the above findings, the claim that the university lecturers have suspended the ongoing strike is FALSE as the Union reiterates that it has no Twitter handle.