The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the Federal Government of manipulation as both parties fail to reach a compromise over the lingering industrial action by the lecturers.
ASUU National President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi, during an interview with newsmen today, blamed the Federal government for the inability of union members to return to class since March.
While both parties are at loggerheads over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), he insisted that the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) was the way to go for the lecturers.
Professor Ogunyemi noted that while progress was being made, the government has insisted that there was a transition period within which ASUU members would first be captured in the IPPIS before migrating to UTAS.
He, however, accused the government of playing a game of deception, saying it has failed to show commitment to resolving the impasse.
According to Professor Ogunyemi, it is not the place of the union to tell the government where to get the fund to address its challenges.
He stressed the need for the government to show more commitment to the ongoing negotiations in order to ensure lecturers and students return to the classroom.
The ASUU president also highlighted some of the vital roles the union has played in ensuring public universities do not become a history in the country.
He stated that if not for the union’s effort, the fate of public universities in Nigeria would have been just like that of the primary and secondary schools.
The government, on its part, has since insisted that it was working hard to ensure the students return to class and address the various challenges in the nation’s education sector.