NASU meets today, denies plan to suspend strike, seeks probe on IPPIS
The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has denied plans to suspend its ongoing industrial action.
General Secretary of the union, Peters Adeyemi, who disclosed this in Abuja, yesterday, said the union will meet today in Abuja to consult with members on the state of the strike.
He hinted that the Federal Government has begun paying some members the arrears of the consequential adjustment of the National Minimum Wage.
Adeyemi said no other financial commitment made to the union has been implemented, except the consequential adjustment, adding that the payment is not enough for the striking workers to suspend the ongoing action.
He said: “There are seven demands of which we have got commitment of the government. There are six outstanding items yet to be acted upon. We cannot, because of the ongoing payment, which is yet to be concluded, be talking about suspension of the strike.”
“However, we are consulting with our members. A consultation meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday (today). But it is very naïve and mischievous for anyone to start saying we are planning to suspend the strike.”
Adeyemi said NASU cannot unilaterally suspend a strike that is being prosecuted under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of both NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).
He also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to launch an investigation into alleged mismanagement of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which is supervised by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.