FG-ASUU Faceoff: Tertiary education is in a mess

In November 2018, after an executive meeting with its top-tier members, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the body of university lecturers that protects the interests of its members, declared an indefinite strike. This was in response to the government’s refusal to honor previous agreements such as improved funding of universities. This strike lasted for three months, halting tertiary education across the country. This strike was not the first of its kind; several others have happened at least once in every two years since 1999.

Since March 23, the union has been on another strike. One of the major reasons is the introduction of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information (IPPIS), a centralized payroll platform introduced by the federal government. The said function of this platform is to help the government properly manage the payment of staff members while preventing payment to ghost-workers. However, the union rejected it, saying the government had no right to be directly involved in the payment of its members. This seemingly trivial matter has extended into a strike of over five months….

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