The Academic Staff of Universities Union (ASUU) has declared an indefinite strike effective today after the expiration of its two-weeks warning strike.

This is despite the closure of all tertiary institutions by the Federal Government over the Coronavirus pandemic.

The union’s National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi announced the strike at a press briefing at its National Secretariat in Abuja.

ASUU is embarking on the strike over the non-payment of salaries of their members who failed to enrol into the Federal Government’s IPPIS, a payroll software compulsory for all public officials.

ASUU is opposed to the use of IPPIS for lecturers, saying it does not consider some of the peculiar operations of universities.

ASUU has also stated that it wants universities to  be allowed to operate an individually independent system, controlled by their various councils and supervised by the National Universities Commission (NUC), and not a centralized and dependent structure of the civil service.