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Thursday, June 9, 2022

ASUU, SSANU, NASU, ASUP Suspended In Edo, Lecturers Who Fails To Resume Will Be Sacked – Obaseki

 ASUU, SSANU, NASU, ASUP Suspended In Edo, Lecturers Who Fails To Resume Will Be Sacked – Obaseki



The Edo State government has suspended all union activities in state institutions of higher learning following protest by students of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).


The decision which was made after the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting, yesterday, is to take effect immediately.


 “By this notice, academic activities are to resume in all state-owned institutions and all cadre of staff are directed to report to their duty posts immediately.


“Students across all state-owned tertiary institutions are expected to resume for lectures as necessary measures have been taken to ensure resumption of academic and non-academic activities.”


 “Management of the affected institutions have been mandated to pay all outstanding salaries immediately.” statement reads partly. 


The management of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, has been directed declare vacant and advertise the position of any staff that refuses to resume work in line with this directive.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

JUST IN: Payment Of Minimum Wage Arrears, Not Enough To Suspend Warning Strike – Lecturer Tells ASUP

 JUST IN: Payment Of Minimum Wage Arrears, Not Enough To Suspend Warning Strike – Lecturer Tells ASUP



A Polythenic lecturer has expressed disappointed over ASUP decision to suspend the two weeks industrial action. He disclosed that payment of minimum wage arrears, among others, aren't enough reason to suspend the ongoing warning strike. 


He wrote; 


“Greetings to respectful members, i want to use this medium to express my gratitude and appreciation to ASUP LEADERSHIP both at National and chapter level.


It is my prayers and hope that members that are to yet to receive their minimum wage payment will equally smile soonest. I wish to remind the National body that the issue of unpaid promotional arrears of some of our members should be giving a serious attention this time around.


“Bursary department of our various institutions are only dancing around with no meaningful update ever since. Payment of minimum wage arrears is pretty not enough to suspend our warning strike. 


I see the payment as a welcome achievement but we must not loose the battle cheaply. We are approaching election period and the best time to government responsible is now or never. I come in peace with my personal opinion.” he added. 


Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnic (ASUP) Suspends Strike

 Academic Staff Union Of Polytechnic (ASUP) Suspends Strike



A two-week definite strike by the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP which started on the 16th of May has been suspended.


A statement by the national publicity secretary of the Union, Abdullahi Yalwa which directed members of the union to resume work on Monday the 30th of May, stated that within the two weeks of the definite strike, significant inroads were made in four (4) of the items on their list of demands.


The union is urging the federal government to quickly attend to the remaining five demands to allow industrial harmony to continue to thrive in the nation’s polytechnics.

Friday, May 27, 2022

Strike: Govt stopped our salaries but we’re undaunted – ASUU

 Strike: Govt stopped our salaries but we’re undaunted – ASUU


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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said that despite the non-payment of salaries to its members, the union remains undaunted in its struggle for a better university system.


Speaking to our correspondent on Friday, the Chairman of the union’s branch at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, confirmed to The PUNCH that the Federal Government stopped paying the salaries of striking lecturers since March 2022.


Dr. Egbedokun said, “The last time they paid us was February. Since March, they stopped paying the salaries.”


Another lecturer at the institution also confirmed the non-payment of the salaries.

Speaking further, Dr. Egbedokun said, “We’re used to it. The non-payment of salaries cannot break us.”


When asked about the next move of the union over the ongoing strike and the minimum wage arrears reportedly paid to the lecturers, the Chairman said that the wage arrears were statutory by the law and had nothing to do with their current agitations, saying, “If you observe, ASUU has not said anything about it, we decided not to, it is not the crux of our agitation.”


“What we’re expecting the government to do now is to come forward with a proposal, in response to the submitted renegotiated document, which has been with the government since May 2021. This time, we’re not signing or interested in any Memorandum or Agreement again. Let them come forward with a proposal in response to the renegotiated document, and let’s see how we can consider it.”

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ASUU strike had entered 100 days on May 25.


Some of the union’s demands include the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.


Meanwhile, the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and allied institutions have extended their ongoing strike by one month.


In a circular jointly signed by the national president of SSANU, Muhammed Ibrahim, and the general secretary, Peters Adeyemi, the unions noted that the decision to extend the strike was to give more time for all demands to be met.




Thursday, May 26, 2022

 Buhari Should Personally Meet ASUU, Resolve Ongoing Strike – Adeyanju Speaks, Decry Poor State Of Tertiary Institutions

 Buhari Should Personally Meet ASUU, Resolve Ongoing Strike – Adeyanju Speaks, Decry Poor State Of Tertiary Institutions



Nigeria's foremost socio-political activist, Adeyanju Deji, has again added his voice to the ongoing industrial action embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, that has grounded academic activities in the country.


The renowned Human rights activist and converner of the Concerned Nigerians, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to personally intervene in the lingering dispute with the striking university lecturers and resolve them by granting their demands.


Adeyanju Deji, who urged the Government to give the academic union all they need to effectively run universities, also lamented over the bad state of tertiary institutions in the country.


“The president should meet ASUU himself and resolve the ongoing strike. They will listen to him and he should give them all they need to effectively run our universities. The state of our tertiary institutions are deplorable.” he disclosed.


It's no news, however, that the ongoing industrial action entered its hundredth day yesterday. The UNILAG ASUU Chairman, Dele Ashiru, in a recent report, disclosed that the government hasn't met the union's core demands which includes the conclusion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, abrogation of IPPIS scheme and the deployment of UTAS among others.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

We May Extend Strike By Another 2 Weeks – ASUP President Disclosed, Says FG Hasn't Met Its Key Demands

 We May Extend Strike By Another 2 Weeks – ASUP President Disclosed, Says FG Hasn't Met Its Key Demands 


The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) may extend its ongoing two-week warning strike by two weeks if the government fails to meet its demands.


ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, who disclosed this to newsmen recently, said the government had met only two of the five key demands of the union.


Demands met by the government are the payment of minimum wage arrears for the polytechnic lecturers and the release of a normative instrument for institutional accreditation, a policy document for international standards.


Key demands not met, according to him, are the release of the N15 billion revitalization fund, which he said President Muhammadu Buhari approved last year, and the release of a scheme of service.


He also said the government was yet to respond to the group’s outcry against the victimization of ASUP members in the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT), Enugu.


“If the government doesn’t meet all the demands within these weeks, we’ll declare a two-week indefinite action. Our next NEC meeting is in June. When we meet in June, we’ll take the next line of action.”

ASUU, others get N34bn wage arrears from 2019, says FG  

 ASUU, others get N34bn wage arrears from 2019, says FG

 


The Federal Government has said it would pay about N34bn minimum wage consequential adjustments to education sector workers with effect from 2019.


The beneficiaries include the members of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities and their counterparts in the polytechnics and Colleges of Education.


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed this on Tuesday while responding to questions from labour correspondents in Abuja on the prolonged ASUU strike.


The union had embarked on strike over the non-implementation of various agreements signed by the Federal Government. The union leadership had said it would not call off the industrial action until its demands were met.


But Ngige said the universities would get N23.5bn, polytechnics N6bn and the Colleges of Education N4bn, totalling about N34bn.


Regarding the ASUU strike, the minister said the committees set up during the last tripartite plus meeting of the government and university-based unions were given a fortnight to turn in their reports which they were still working on.


He added that the reports of the committees were being expected this weekend.


He said, “Those committees are working. The one on National Information Technology Development Agency is testing the three platforms-the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, the University Transparency Accountability Solution of ASUU and the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System of the non-teaching staff.


“They started the testing last Thursday. The National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission has issued their amendment circulars. The unions also have copies to take care of responsibility and hazard allowances wherever it has not been properly captured.”

gige assured that there might be wage adjustments as the government intensifies efforts to streamline wages through the NSIWC.


He appealed to ASUU and other unions to suspend their strike so that academic activities could resume in public universities across the country.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Give Peace A Chance, Allow Mrs Oladiji Enjoy Her Tenure As FUTA Vice-chancellor – Women Affairs Minister Tells ASUU 

 Give Peace A Chance, Allow Mrs Oladiji Enjoy Her Tenure As FUTA Vice-chancellor – Women Affairs Minister Tells ASUU 




In a statement made known to Students Mirror, the Minister of Women Affairs expressed disappointment over the alleged rejection of Professor Adenike Oladiji as the 8th substantive Vice Chancellor of FUTA.  The alleged statement, signed by the Ministry's head, Dame Pauline Tallen, reads in part; 


“I received with shock the news that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) is reportedly kicking against the appointment of Professor Adenike Oladiji as the 8th substantive Vice Chancellor of the institution at a time when Affirmative Action has taken sway in National Development


“ I have earlier had cause to laud the Ambassador (Dr) Godknows Igali-led Governing council of FUTA for being proactive in this regard. The decision truly resonates with the current demand for more women representation at all levels of decision-making.....”


“The submission of ASUU-FUTA that they only “found problems with the process at the very end of the procedure for the appointment of the VC when the Governing Council had to pick from the list of the three candidates submitted to it” further watered down their argument as the Governing Council only picked Prof. Adenike through a consensus by voting. 


“As the Honourable Minister of women Affairs at this time, I want to appeal to the aggrieved party to give peace a chance and allow Prof. Oladij to enjoy her tenure as the VC of FUTA  with all, including ASUU-FUTA queuing behind her to make a difference in the Vice-Chancellorship of the great institution”


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Pay N323Million Arrears Of Earned Allowances You Owe — PLASU SSANU Urges University Management As Strike Enters 5th Month

 Pay N323Million Arrears Of Earned Allowances You Owe — PLASU SSANU Urges University Management As Strike Enters 5th Month



The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) of the Plateau State University has called on the state government to immediately pay its members the N323 million arrears of earned allowances and others the government currently owes its members.

This comes as the strike action by the Union entered its 5th month on Saturday, May 21. 


In a brief statement sent to reporters recently, the Union urged the management of the University to immediately pay up the N30,000 hazard allowance it had promised. 

Also, the union called on the state governor, Simon Lalong, to pay salaries as and when due.


It wrote, ”We call on PLASU management to pay hazard allowance at the agreed rate of N30,000 as cash backed by Government since 2021


”We call on PLASU Management to sign the agreement reached with SSANU in February 2022

”We call on PLASU Management to stop truncating our members on CONTISS 14

”We call on PLASU Management to constitute the Gratuity Board. 

”We call on the Governing Council to address the discriminatory payment of allowances to SSANU members.

”We call on His Excellency Governor Lalong to release our N323,000,000 arrears of earned allowances

”We call on His Excellency Governor Lalong to pay our salaries as and when due.

"Your Excellency Sir, PLASU must not perish under your watch."


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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Poor Working Conditions, Unfavorable Environment, Reasons Why Lecturers Are Leaving For Ghana, Other Countries – Osodeke

 Poor Working Conditions, Unfavorable Environment, Reasons Why Lecturers Are Leaving For Ghana, Other Countries – Osodeke




Professor Emmanuel Osodeke who spoke to newsmen on issues surrounding the ongoing strike by university lecturers among others, made it known many lecturers are leaving for other countries due to the poor condition of service in Nigeria. 


Osodeke, when asked what he thinks is responsible for the massive brain drain of lecturers, (making reference to the NUC's 100,000 lecturers to over 2.1 million students in universities.) He replied saying;


“... we have less than 60,000 lecturers and not 100,000. The ratio is much wider than what was said by the NUC. What do you think is responsible? It’s because we can’t recruit. Because of our condition of service, lots are leaving the country for other countries, but nobody is coming here. That’s the problem. That’s why we recruit people who are not fit to be lecturers. We need to improve on our condition of service so that we can attract lecturers from all over the world, so that those who have left due to brain drain can come back; we will not be moving forward if we don’t do this. We have to upgrade the condition of service in Nigeria in such a way we can attract lecturers all over the world”


On what he thinks is the way out? He said;  “For you to get the best, you have to improve the welfare package. A lecturer is earning about $600 a month here, but $10,000 a month abroad. Nigerians are running away in droves because of the poor working conditions and environment.


On the issue of foreign universities coming to advertise to Nigerians? He said; 


“People will come from outside to take our people away. We were told by the CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) that every year Nigerians pay N1.6tn to foreign universities. So, they are coming for marketing. People come from the outside to come and take our people away because they know that we have the money to pay. Nigerian lecturers are leaving because of the poor learning condition.


Nigeria should do the right thing and implement our agreement, upgrade the university system and fund universities appropriately so that we can attract students from all over the world.”


When asked if he thinks the government will heed his advice? He responded, saying; 


“If the will is there, they will do it. Remember in the 1980s, we were telling Ghana to go; now, we are the ones going to Ghana. Budgetary allocation to education in Nigeria is 5.4 per cent, but in Ghana’s is 16 to 20 per cent. So they should work on that. If we upgrade our own, people will come here. Increase in budget will suffice. For you to attract those people here, you have to increase the welfare package of lecturers.”


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Nigerians Should Not Vote For Politicians Whose Children School Abroad –ASUU President

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Nigerians Should Not Vote For Politicians Whose Children School Abroad –ASUU President


GRACE EDEMA speaks to the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on issues surrounding the ongoing strike by university lecturers and others


❗The NEC of ASUU announced a 12-week strike recently while citing the inaction of the Federal Government. What are some of the issues yet to be addressed by the government?


= None of the issues ranging from revitalisation fund, earned academic allowance, deployment of UTAS (University Transparency and Accountability Solution), release of visitation panel reports, proliferation of universities and reforms has been fully addressed; so, nothing has happened.


❗Isn’t there another way for the union to seek redress, especially seeing that students are home for close to three months?


= Which other ways do Nigerians or the press want us to use? We have used all the ways; we issued warnings, we had meetings, we had MoA (Memorandum of Action), we had Memorandum of Understanding, all the visible methods we could talk through with, and then nothing happened. So, what do we do? Strike is the last option remaining, and they (government) are not even responding, so what do we do?


❗So, you mean there is no other means?


= If you have any, you can suggest.


 


❗In what way is the UTAS better than the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, which was proposed by the Federal Government?


= Well, we keep saying that the IPPIS is a fraud being managed by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, whose head is also charged with fraud. We have been vindicated; you heard that the AGF has been arrested by the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) for misappropriation of N80bn and suspended; this is not small. The IPPIS is a platform they use to siphon money. UTAS is a platform that has been tested but they refused to deploy it. UTAS will take care of all the sectors in the university, which is not in the IPPIS. Issue of sabbatical, issue of visiting lecturers, all will be taken care of by UTAS, which is not accommodated by the IPPIS.


The IPPIS cannot take care of the peculiarities of universities and UTAS is designed in such a way that it can accommodate everything. As I’m talking to you, a large number of people are being owed eight, nine and 10 months’ salaries because they cannot be paid by the IPPIS. What you’re paid today, you’re not sure of what you will get next on the IPPIS. It cannot cater for all peculiarities of universities. UTAS was designed for the Nigerian university system at no cost to the government. But with the IPPIS, we pay to the people taking care of it, like the World Bank, on a monthly basis.


❗The Accountant-General of the Federation was accused of N80bn fraud. What will that amount do for ASUU?


= No, we should be asking what the N80bn will do for Nigeria taken by one man. It’s not about ASUU. It’s about Nigeria. N80bn can construct not less than 80 to 100 kilometres of road. That N80bn will build 10 new secondary and primary schools. It will take care of all the lab equipment in all tertiary institutions in the country. But one man allegedly took it away.


❗The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities has also introduced its own payroll system. Are you not concerned that this system can complicate the remuneration process in the university system?


= Ordinarily, they should have joined us just like the polytechnics and colleges of education have done. But if at all, they want to do theirs, it should be subjected to a test by the NITDA. What we are saying is let the NITDA subject the three systems to a test and we will take the best one.


❗Why has ASUU shunned meetings with the Briggs committee?


= It’s good to get facts right. All the meetings they have invited us for we have attended all of them, but they have not come up with any meaningful thing. They have not shown any sign of agreement or giving us attention that our issues are outstanding.


❗TETfund has always been described as a major player in the development of higher institutions of learning. Do you think the agency has lived up to expectations in terms of funding the major infrastructural projects in the universities?


= The only problem we have in TETfund now is that politicians have taken over TETfund and it is also being managed by all Nigerian fund systems. They call it stakeholders’ forum and board of trustees’ fund; they mismanage the funds and it is no longer as envisaged when we proposed this mode of funding in 1992. Similarly, the Board of Trustees’ Fund, when it was planned, it wasn’t supposed to have a big number of companies that are not paying their dues and taxes. This is why their effect in the country is dwindling.


There ought to be a thorough investigation up to the FIRS (Federal Inland Revenue Service) where they collect the funds. When it was established, it was not like that. It was not established to be a big bureaucracy and that is why its effect is dwindling. Let’s go back to the initial design of TETfund; by that design, TETfund is an agency that is available, the money is collected and disbursed as it’s evaluated every year, with ASUU being a member of its council; but now, it has become a bureaucratic system just like the ministry since ASUU was removed. There is a need for the government to undertake a very serious auditing of TETfund from the beginning till now and ASUU should be in that committee so that the deficiencies can be corrected.


❗The NUC stated that there are about 100,000 lecturers to over 2.1 million students in universities. What do you think is responsible for the massive brain drain of lecturers?


= Again, we have less than 60,000 lecturers and not 100,000. The ratio is much wider than what was said by the NUC. What do you think is responsible? It’s because we can’t recruit. Because of our condition of service, lots are leaving the country for other countries, but nobody is coming here. That’s the problem. That’s why we recruit people who are not fit to be lecturers. We need to improve on our condition of service so that we can attract lecturers from all over the world, so that those who have left due to brain drain can come back; we will not be moving forward if we don’t do this. We have to upgrade the condition of service in Nigeria in such a way we can attract lecturers all over the world.


 

❗What’s the way out?


= For you to get the best, you have to improve the welfare package. A lecturer is earning about $600 a month here, but $10,000 a month abroad. Nigerians are running away in droves because of the poor working conditions and environment.


❗How about the influx of foreign universities coming to advertise to Nigerians?


= People will come from outside to take our people away. We were told by the CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) that every year Nigerians pay N1.6tn to foreign universities. So, they are coming for marketing. People come from the outside to come and take our people away because they know that we have the money to pay. Nigerian lecturers are leaving because of the poor learning condition.


❗What is your suggestion on this?


= Nigeria should do the right thing and implement our agreement, upgrade the university system and fund universities appropriately so that we can attract students from all over the world.


❗Do you think the government will heed that advice?


= If the will is there, they will do it. Remember in the 1980s, we were telling Ghana to go; now, we are the ones going to Ghana. Budgetary allocation to education in Nigeria is 5.4 per cent, but in Ghana’s is 16 to 20 per cent. So they should work on that. If we upgrade our own, people will come here. Increase in budget will suffice. For you to attract those people here, you have to increase the welfare package of lecturers.


❗How soon will the universities be opened so that students can return back to school?


= We don’t know. That’s left for the government.


❗What if the government refuses to attend to ASUU throughout this year?


= We will stay at home.


❗Why does ASUU embark on strikes while demanding salaries?


= The difference is this: in my university, we’ve gone on strike several times but no student has missed one year. We start from where we stopped and continue. That’s why you don’t see a lecturer going on leave. We are not going on leave; we wait and teach the students. Don’t compare lecturers with others. We are not losing any year; we stay and teach the students. Are you also aware that my salary has been withheld for three months and we are not complaining?


 

❗But some students are saying their time is being wasted…


= Let me ask, what do Nigerians want? Do you just want us to keep churning out students without knowledge, no practicals? Is it quality education we want without practicals and afterwards the students will be thrown out of the school? Students are living in huts as hostels. The question we should ask is why are students not coming from Ghana, South Africa, Benin etc to come and study here? In the 1970s and 1980s, you never heard of building collapse because of the quality of people in the system. The university is not a place you keep children and churn them out without knowledge; Nigeria will pay dearly for it.


❗Students have taken to the streets in protest. Why is ASUU not yielding to the demands of the students?


= The students have the right to protest and fight for a good education. They have the right to tell the government to do what is needed; we are not against them. That’s what they should do just as the children of the big men are outside the country enjoying seamless education systems. It’s their right; Nigerians should fight for their rights; parents should join too.


❗Some people believe that only those who can afford education should go for it. Do you believe education should be paid for?


= When you check Nigeria’s constitution, education is a right; it’s not a privilege. So, we should look at it that way. Two, parents are already paying; when we were in school, we stayed in hostels built by the government and our meals subsided. If these politicians were asked to pay school fees in their time, they wouldn’t be where they are today. We didn’t stay in shanty villages. That’s what these politicians passed through. It is their right, they shouldn’t beg for it. Every Nigerian has the right to education.


❗How true is it that some ASUU members do not care about the strike because their children attend private universities?


= The salary of the highest paid professor is N416,000 a month. How can he pay N5m as school fees if he has four children? How will he pay N1m as school fee if he has three children? It’s just an attempt to fight against us. All my children passed through the public school system. A salary earner in Nigeria, who is not stealing, cannot put children in private schools. So, all the lecturers have their children in our public schools and they’re at home.


❗Why have ASUU members accused of sexuāl harassm#nt not been prosecuted?


This is not correct. The only ASUU member accused of ss#xuālharassm#nt in Ife is still in jail. How many people in the National Assembly, who have abused women, have been jailed, or who have abused minors have been jailed? We should put the perspective very well. Those accusations are mere attempts to sabotage or blackmail us. If it is correct, look for the person and jail him. If you find any one, jail him. A professor in Uyo, who committed electoral fraud, is in jail too.


ASUU does not run the universities. It is a union. We have a committee that can deal with any such person caught in such an act; blame the system and the government; it is not ASUU that refuses to set up a judicial panel. If anyone is failing in the system, hold the council responsible. We discipline our members but not through Facebook trying to blackmail academics. We will not succumb to blackmail. We told them to set up visitation panels every five years so that they can look for infractions and deal with them; we had to go on strike for 11 years before they did. We discipline our members. Blame the government, which refused to set up panels, and not ASUU.


❗Some of your members do not hesitate to do the bidding of politicians during elections. What do you have to say on this?


= We don’t defend anyone. ASUU does not go on election duty. You should not use one person caught in a fraud to generalise other lecturers. ASUU as a body has said we should not be involved in elections because the system is corrupt from registration to voting. How many ASUU people go to conduct elections? They went as lecturers not as ASUU. Don’t because of one person now generalise; it’s not fair.


❗Will your members take part in the 2023 elections if your demands are met?


= We have said that ASUU will not take part in elections, because before you start voting, the system is already corrupted. At the polling units, the system is corrupt. You tell us to say at the top to compile results, we won’t do that. So, anybody going to participate is going as a Nigerian and not as a member of ASUU, and when he is arrested, he should be treated as a Nigerian and not as ASUU.


❗Is there anything that the union is willing to sacrifice among its demands?


= When we meet the government at the negotiation table, we will look at that. We can’t discuss our negotiation strategies publicly.


❗Is it true that your members collect salaries from multiple places while on sabbatical?


= How many have been arrested? We have been told that the EFCC arrested the Account-General of the Federation. How many lecturers have been arrested? If it is true, the AGF should have compiled their names and sent them to the EFCC and get them tried. All over the world, lecturers are allowed to go on sabbatical; to go for an adjunct and get paid is not a crime. They are trying to blackmail Nigerian academics. So, it’s a global phenomenon captured in our law. It’s not a crime. You don’t blackmail lecturers. We are doing what is done all over the world. Some of us have adjunctship outside the country and we have many come here to do adjunctship too; it is not a crime, it is just blackmail.


❗Is it moral to be paid while you are on strike?


= It’s moral because we are going to start from where we stopped. If I was teaching a student at 200 level, do you expect me to just jump to 300 level when we resume? We have to go back after the strike, forfeit our leave and comfort, and teach from where we stopped. If the government had attended to this strike from day one, we wouldn’t be here. This is the 14th week that the government has not intervened. Hold the government responsible. You are trying to punish a man who is being punished. I’ve not been paid for three months. I’m being punished, my children are at home and they are being punished. We signed an agreement in 2009, the MoA in 2020 and they didn’t implement them and you are talking about students being at home. I thank God that our students know the problem and they are addressing it.


Recently, the airlines said they wouldn’t fly and would go on strike, it didn’t take 24 hours before the government intervened, because they (government officials) fly, but our students have been at home for months and they (government officials) didn’t respond; that is our contradiction.


❗What do you want to tell the students and their parents?


= Any day the students and parents take over this struggle, we will go back to class. To say the government we elected you, you’re using our funds. If you are going for election next year, ask them where their children are schooling; if they stay outside the country, don’t vote for them. They should insist that their children, who are abroad, are brought back home, and then we will go back to class


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JUST IN: It Is Morally Right To Be Paid Salaries While We Are On Strike – ASUU President, Osodeke Discloses

 JUST IN: It Is Morally Right To Be Paid Salaries While We Are On Strike – ASUU President, Osodeke Discloses



Professor Osodeke who spoke to newsmen on issues surrounding the ongoing strike by university lecturers and others, made it known that it's morally right to be paid salaries while they're on strike. 


The ASUU National President also disclosed that salary earners in Nigeria, who are not stealing, cannot sponsor their children in private schools. 


“The salary of the highest paid professor is N416,000 a month. How can he pay N5m as school fees if he has four children? How will he pay N1m as school fee if he has three children? It’s just an attempt to fight against us. All my children passed through the public school system. A salary earner in Nigeria, who is not stealing, cannot put children in private schools. So, all the lecturers have their children in our public schools and they’re at home.


When asked if it's true that ASUU members collect salaries from multiple places while on sabbatical, he responded saying; 


“How many have been arrested? We have been told that the EFCC arrested the Account-General of the Federation. How many lecturers have been arrested? If it is true, the AGF should have compiled their names and sent them to the EFCC and get them tried. All over the world, lecturers are allowed to go on sabbatical; to go for an adjunct and get paid is not a crime. They are trying to blackmail Nigerian academics. So, it’s a global phenomenon captured in our law. It’s not a crime. You don’t blackmail lecturers. 


“We are doing what is done all over the world. Some of us have adjunct ship outside the country and we have many come here to do adjunctship too; it is not a crime, it is just blackmail.


When also asked if it's moral to be paid while they're on strike, he replied saying; 


“It’s moral because we are going to start from where we stopped. If I was teaching a student at 200 level, do you expect me to just jump to 300 level when we resume? We have to go back after the strike, forfeit our leave and comfort, and teach from where we stopped. If the government had attended to this strike from day one, we wouldn’t be here. 


“This is the 14th week that the government has not intervened. Hold the government responsible. You are trying to punish a man who is being punished. I’ve not been paid for three months. I’m being punished, my children are at home and they are being punished. We signed an agreement in 2009, the MoA in 2020 and they didn’t implement them and you are talking about students being at home. I thank God that our students know the problem and they are addressing it.


Recently, the airlines said they wouldn’t fly and would go on strike, it didn’t take 24 hours before the government intervened, because they (government officials) fly, but our students have been at home for months and they (government officials) didn’t respond; that is our contradiction.” he added


Osodeke further advised parents and students not to vote for any politician who has children schooling outside the country.


“....If you are going for election next year, ask them where their children are schooling; if they stay outside the country, don’t vote for them. They should insist that their children, who are abroad, are brought back home, and then we will go back to class.”


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Emefiele Should Be Fired Over Naira’s Declining Value, Political Ambition – ASUU Vice President Blows Hot

 Emefiele Should Be Fired Over Naira’s Declining Value, Political Ambition – ASUU Vice President Blows Hot

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said on Saturday that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Godwin Emefiele, be fired over the naira’s declining value.


The CBN governor, according to the organization, should be sacked for disappointing Nigerians and plunging millions into poverty.


Dr Chris Piwuna, ASUU’s Vice President, said this in response to reports that the naira had declined further, trading at N420.33 versus the dollar.


He said, “For how long is the government ready to tolerate Godwin Emefiele? For how long are Nigerians going to tolerate him? Can our Naira continue to breathe under him? Is our nation living in isolation of the global economy?


“Our naira is in tatters under his inept leadership. The President must fire him because he has fired our collective desire to progress and plunged millions into poverty and lack. It’s time for him to leave.”


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If The Government Refuse To Attend To ASUU Demands Throughout This Year, We Will Remain At Home – Osodeke 

 If The Government Refuse To Attend To ASUU Demands Throughout This Year, We Will Remain At Home – Osodeke 



The Punch correspondent in a recent interview with Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, spoke on issues surrounding the ongoing strike by university lecturers and others


According to Osodeke, he said; “None of the issues ranging from revitalisation fund, earned academic allowance, deployment of UTAS (University Transparency and Accountability Solution), release of visitation panel reports, proliferation of universities and reforms has been fully addressed; so, nothing has happened.


He further made it known that there isn't another way for the union to pressure the federal government into fulfilling its demands than embarking on strike. 


“Which other ways do Nigerians or the press want us to use? We have used all the ways; we issued warnings, we had meetings, we had MoA (Memorandum of Action), we had Memorandum of Understanding, all the visible methods we could talk through with, and then nothing happened. So, what do we do? Strike is the last option remaining, and they (government) are not even responding, so what do we do?”


On why UTAS is better than IPPIS, he replied saying; “We keep saying that the IPPIS is a fraud being managed by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, whose head is also charged with fraud. We have been vindicated... The IPPIS is a platform they use to siphon money. UTAS is a platform that has been tested but they refused to deploy it. UTAS will take care of all the sectors in the university, which is not in the IPPIS. Issue of sabbatical, issue of visiting lecturers, all will be taken care of by UTAS, which is not accommodated by the IPPIS.


“The IPPIS cannot take care of the peculiarities of universities and UTAS is designed in such a way that it can accommodate everything. As I’m talking to you, a large number of people are being owed eight, nine and 10 months’ salaries because they cannot be paid by the IPPIS. What you’re paid today, you’re not sure of what you will get next on the IPPIS. It cannot cater for all peculiarities of universities. UTAS was designed for the Nigerian university system at no cost to the government. But with the IPPIS, we pay to the people taking care of it, like the World Bank, on a monthly basis.” he added.


On the issue of SSANU's U3PS, Osodeke said; “Ordinarily, they should have joined us just like the polytechnics and colleges of education have done. But if at all, they want to do theirs, it should be subjected to a test by the NITDA. What we are saying is let the NITDA subject the three systems to a test and we will take the best one.”


When The Punch journalist asked him how soon will the universities be opened so that students can return back to school? He said “We don’t know. That’s l𝗲ft for the government…. If the government refuses to attend to ASUU demands throughout this year, we will stay at home.” he said. 


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 Update On Negotiations With The Federal Government On SSANU Industrial Action In The University

 Update On Negotiations With The Federal Government On SSANU Industrial Action In The University



Through the intervention of NLC via it's letter to the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the chief of staff to convene a meeting of all University based Unions with relevant stake holders (Ministry of Labour and Employment, Ministry of Education, Salaries and wages Commission, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General, etc) at Aso Rock Villa. 


At the meeting last week, appeals were made by religious leaders for suspension of the industrial action to allow for implementation of the union demands. Unions however insisted that implementation should be done for a minimum of demands before consideration of the Nobel appeal.


1. In view of government promise to provide a clear road map for implementation of the demands of the unions, a letter or circular from government is still being awaited.


2. Government directed for integrity test for IPPIS, UTAS and U3PS platform in the presence of NLC and TUC with the view of choosing the best for payment of salaries in the University system. As at yesterday 19/5/22 the JAC of SSANU and NASU, creditably showcased U3PS which was superbly presented to NITDA for assessment. It was such a successful presentation that attracted kudos to our team for all stake holders.


3. Minimum wage Arrears. As at 19/5/22, payment had commenced with federal colleges of Education and Polythecnics. This morning I confirmed that Federal Universities has started receiving alerts.


4. New salary chart for Universities (salary review) salaries and wages Commission has been mandated to put forward a proposed upwards salary review (adjustment) chart to the unions after it has thouroughly confirmed the personal strength of the entire Federal Universitieses


4. Earned Allowances. Hazard allowances has been adjusted to the correct the typographical error in the 2009 FG/SSANU agreement as follows

(a) Senior Staff at #30000 per month

(b) Junior Staff at #150000 per month


A letter conveying approval to that effect is being awaited from salaries, income and wages Commission to the federal Ministry of Education for Forwarding to the Accountant General of Federation (IPPIS)


5. Responsibilty Allowance. Correction of the previous circular to read that responsibility allowance shall be paid to *Heads of Departments* heads of units and Heads of sections of non teaching staff members only*.NUC is mandated to write to all vice chancellors of public universities for Implementation with immediate effect.


7. While the above processes are ongoing, JAC of SSANU and NASU shall continue with work with the renogotiation team on university governance and other items that are non monetary in nature.


8. Meanwhile, the NEC of SSANU as at 19/5 /22, at its National Secteriat Jabi, Abuja, extended the strike action by another four weeks to allow time for reasonable level of implementation. NEC shall recovene soonest to assess the level of Implementation at any time reasonable progress has been archived in the Implementation process with the view of suspending the warning strike.


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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Federal Government, Others Are Toying With Future Of Nigerian Students — NANS

 Federal Government, Others Are Toying With Future Of Nigerian Students — NANS


Press Release 



The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Joint Campus Council (JCC) Nasarawa Axis 


The over three (3) months strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is no longer news, even after many interventions by the national leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and prominent Nigerians. 


The leadership of Nigerian Students in Nasarawa State are in like manner not also comfortable and happy with the way and manner the strike is lingering, and now the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has also declared a two-week warning strike, which is a clear indication that FG, ASUP and ASUU are toying with the future of Nigerian students.


The resultant effect of the strike cannot be overemphasized as the year of graduation of our students has forever been distorted, also affecting their NYSC mobilization, cyber crime rate and prostitution is also on the increasing on a daily basis in our society due to restiveness.


We are appealing to both the FG, ASUP and ASUU to please resolved this impasse in other to save the Education sector and the future of Nigerian students. Mortgaging the future of Nigerian students in disguise is totally unacceptable to us.


While we also appeal to our lecturers to please shift ground, we call on FG to be responsible enough to meet up what ever agreement the have agreed to sign at the end of the day for the sake of Nigerian students who are the future leaders of this nation.


Let us also appreciate Governor Abdullahi A. Sule for his tremendous contributions to the education sector in the state, his dynamic turn around of the standard of primary, secondary and tertiary owned institutions in the state is commendable, the award of local and international scholarships to indigenes of Nasarawa State is overwhelming and the accreditation of more courses in all the institutions to ensure that students who have not been mobilized for NYSC for years are mobilized. All this has further bridged the gap of the education sector of Nasarawa and the world. 


We call on Governor Sule and his counterparts to wade into this industrial crisis in order to bring it to an end, and let Nigerian Students go back to their various tertiary institutions and continue academic activities.


Aluta Continua! 


Signed: 

Comrade Theophilus Achuku, NANS JCC Chairman

Nothing Significant Has Happened Since We Met FG, NIREC Last Week– Osodeke Disclosed, Denies Alleged Payment Of Salary

 Nothing Significant Has Happened Since We Met FG, NIREC Last Week– Osodeke Disclosed, Denies Alleged Payment Of Salary



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has de­nied receipt or payment of salary arrears allegedly be­ing paid by the Federal Govern­ment to its members across the country.


The National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osode­ke, in an exclusive chat with Saturday INDEPENDENT, said none of its members has been paid a dime.


“I am not aware of that. We don’t even trust them because they can go to a bank and pay a few people and announce to the public that they have com­menced payment.


“I called about ten branches and none has received a pay­ment alert for whatever rea­son.”


Asked about the meetings held with the Chief of Staff to the President, Ambassador Ibra­him Gambari, the ASUU Presi­dent said, “Nothing significant has happened within the last one week apart from the meet­ing held with the Chief of Staff where it was promised that all issues would be resolved with­in one week. Nothing has hap­pened and the one-week timeline has expired.


“That is why we don’t trust them when they asked us to call off the strike first. The issues of trust and goodwill are import­ant in negotiations.”


Speaking on the intervention by the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), regrettably, Osodeke said the Council does not understand the workings of the government.


“With all due respect to NI­REC that intervened, they do not understand the government. They will solicit on behalf of the government and such interces­sion will be abandoned.


“No next line of action be­cause we are already on strike. We cannot call off the strike when the people we want to discuss with are not to be trust­ed. We cannot. If we call off the strike today, they will just go to sleep like they have done in the past and nothing tangible will happen,”


“It is surprising that the gov­ernment has been dilly darling on an issue that can be resolved without wasting time. People in government are alleged to have embezzled all the money required to revitalise the educa­tion sector and one of them has been arrested, alleged of taking N80bn.


“Another one has also been accused of embezzling N49bn. These are just two people embezzling N129bn in total. If the search is intensified we will be talking about some trillions of naira stolen from the govern­ment purse.


“The same man that was alleged of taking N80bn is the same person that said Nigeria does not have money provided the allegation is true.


“That is why we do not trust the government having talked about the issues over and over again,” Osodeke added.


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Suspended AGF Is Guilty Of Blasphemy Against ASUU and Nigerian Students And Should Be Beaten, Stoned – Kperogi 

 Suspended AGF Is Guilty Of Blasphemy Against ASUU and Nigerian Students And Should Be Beaten, Stoned – Kperogi 



Farooq Kperogi, a writer and columnist has written that the suspended Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, is guilty of "blasphemy" against ASUU and Nigerian students, and should be “beaten,” “stoned,” and “bu*ned” with speedy prosecutorial vengeance to avenge his blasphemy.


In an article he titled “AGF Ahmed Idris’ “Blasphemy” Against ASUU and Nigeria” reads in part;


“I am intentionally appropriating, and extending the semantic boundaries of, the term “blasphemy” for this piece because it seems to be the only term that inflames enough passions to get Nigerians to talk, listen, or act.


Alhaji Ahmed Idris, the suspended Accountant General of the Federation, has “blasphemed” the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigeria, and even decency with his stratospheric pillaging of the nation’s resources. One of the consequences of his theft is the closure of our public universities.


He should be “beaten,” “stoned,” and “burned” with speedy prosecutorial vengeance to avenge his blasphemy.


If blasphemy is “the act of depriving something of its sacred character,” Idris has more than stripped our public universities of their “sacredness” by being partly responsible for the ongoing strike by ASUU, which has put the futures of our youth on hold.


Idris was arrested last Sunday by officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for stealing at least 80 billion naira. The Punch of May 19 also reported the EFCC as saying that Idris used proxies to obtain prime properties “located in Kano, Lagos, Abuja, Dubai and London” at the expense of Nigeria.


While it’s heartening that the EFCC has finally arrested and detained him for the staggeringly monumental fraud he’s been perpetrating for years, it was ASUU that first called attention to the questionable source of his wealth when no one cared.


Professor Lawan Abubakar, who coordinates the Bauchi Zone of ASUU, issued a statement on behalf of ASUU last year in which he called attention to Idris’ unexplained wealth and grasping acquisitiveness.


“We would want Gentlemen of the Press to assist us in the conduct of two Investigations,” he said. “The first is to uncover who bought the version of the Sokoto Hotel in Kano with a whopping sum of N500 million cash down and demolished it the next day for an on-going development of a multi-billion-naira shopping mall.


“How and where did he get money for such investment? The second assignment is to assist uncover who is hiding to invest multi-billion naira in the Gezawa Commodity Market and Exchange. How and where did he get money for such investment?”


It turns out that Idris actually got the bulk of his ill-gotten wealth on the back of the despair and agony of university lecturers. He blatantly stole lecturers’ salaries through the fraudulent Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which ironically bills itself as a safeguard against fraud.


Idris made N16,000 for every university lecturer who enrolled in IPPIS. The IPPIS also indiscriminately and inexplicably deducted thousands of naira from the salaries and allowances of lecturers every month.


Just days after his arrest, many friends told me, they started getting bank alerts notifying them of the payment of backlogs of unpaid allowances— and possibly payments from the reversal of illegal deductions.


So, the IPPIS is basically designed as a conduit to siphon the legitimate earnings of university teachers and other public sector employees, and Idris milked it for what it was worth. How can one person be that monumentally avaricious and unfeeling? How can one person visit so much anguish on so many people for so long without consequences—until now?


Freedom from the torment of the IPPIS is one of the reasons ASUU is on strike—and why our children are mindlessly vegetating at home and wriggling in emotional pain. That’s secular blasphemy (if you would forgive the counterintuitive terminological paradox) worthy of the toughest “red lines”— if we care about the future of Nigeria.


Since late 2019, ASUU has come up with an alternative to the money-stealing IPPIS, which it called the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS). It has tweaked it several times in response to concerns from the government.


But the DG of the National Information Technology and Development Agency (NITDA) by the name of Kashifu Inuwa, who is a servile flunkey to Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami (who is still smarting from ASUU’s endorsement of my exposure of his FUTO professorial fraud), claimed that UTAS had failed NITDA’s three “integrity tests.”


You have to be cognitively stunted to not realize that Pantami, who is sulking over national ASUU’s categorical denunciation of his professorial fraud at FUTO, is using his handpicked underling at NITDA to get at the union by disparaging UTAS.


Although NITDA itself grudgingly adjudged UTAS as more than 80 percent technically compliant, it nonetheless mysteriously characterized it as having failed its “integrity tests.”


As ASUU president Emmanuel Osodeke said in the aftermath of NITDA’s predetermined verdict, “The report by the NITDA showed that UTAS scored more than 80 per cent on technical assessment and more than 85 per cent on end-user assessment. Can we say that 80 percent and 85 percent are failures?”


Now that it has come to the open that IPPIS is one of the ducts through which the Accountant General of the Federation drains off the salaries and allowances of university lecturers and other public sector workers, it would be interesting to know IPPIS’s score in NITDA’s “integrity tests.”


You see, I used to be fiercely critical of ASUU and its interminable strikes, but villainous frauds like Ahmed Idris and brash, dishonest, and conscienceless charlatans like Pantami and his NITDA minion have compelled me to have a change of mind.


ASUU isn’t on strike because it loves strikes or because it delights in punishing students. As I pointed out in a previous column, most ASUU members are also affected by the strike because most of them are not rich enough to send their children to foreign countries or to private universities in Nigeria.


It isn’t just that their take-home pay can’t take them home (apologies to the Professor Attahiru Jega-led ASUU of the early 1990s), the accountant general of the federation and his cronies also use IPPIS to steal from their monthly earnings.


What do you want them to do to call attention to their agony? Go on demonstrations? Well, the demonstrations will be infiltrated, hijacked, made violent, which will provide grounds for the labelling of ASUU as a terrorist organization that would then be proscribed.


Lobby members of the National Assembly? Well, they already do that with no results. First, you can’t successfully lobby Nigeria’s National Assembly members without oil to grease their many palms.


Second, even on the off chance that they are able to get enough oil to grease enough palms (which would be an ethical and moral violation), they still have to deal with the executive who can, and who do, ignore legislation that they don't like.


How about lobbying traditional rulers, captains of industry, and opinion leaders? They’ve been doing that since I was an undergraduate in the 1990s. It doesn’t produce any effect.


There is no alternative to strike that ASUU has not contemplated or implemented.


Only the spectacle and agony of strikes get governments to give them whatever concessions they have received from military regimes to now. Sadly, students and parents also bear the brunt of this strategy. But governments are entirely responsible for it.


As Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore said in a May 19 social media update, “Two Nigerian officials arrested for stealing N127billion: ₦80b + ₦ 47b = ₦127billion. To #ENDASUUStrike we need to deposit ₦200billion. If one more Nigerian crook is arrested, in this case @cenbank Gov. Godwin Emefiele @emefielegodwin, money to pay off ASUU is complete!”


It’s hilarious but true. If just a few people can easily steal what thousands of lecturers are asking for to legitimately survive and get our universities to run minimally, you can’t blame ASUU for always being on strike.


Finally, I wish someone would indoctrinate Nigerians to be as angry, touchy, intolerant, and pushed to draw “red lines” over injustice, misgovernance, elite cruelty, etc. as some people in the Muslim North are over “blasphemy.”


Leaders would always be on their game, on their guard, and on their best behavior. And Nigeria would be one of the best places to live on earth.”


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We’re Open To Suggestions On New Demands, Tell Us Best Way To Press Our Demands Than Strike – ASUU

 We’re Open To Suggestions On New Demands, Tell Us Best Way To Press Our Demands Than Strike – ASUU



Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), UNILAG branch, Dr. Dele Ashiru, has said the union is open to suggestions on new methods to make the Federal Government accede to its demands rather than resorting to frequent industrial action.


Critics of the union and some students had called on the union to explore new strategies to make the government do its bidding.


However, in an interview with The Nation, Ashiru noted that the union would implement whatever recommendation it got.


Ashiru, who said strike was the only option left for the union, stated that ASUU had exhausted strategies that could make the government act.


“ASUU has exhausted all strategies that we know. Strike is the last option. And this is the option left that the government will listen to. As researchers and scholars in the university system, we are open to suggestions and we will implement whatever recommendation we are given.


“Recently, a similar thing occurred in UK and within a twinkle of an eye, everything was resolved.


“Here, they are busy raising N100 million to buy forms. Corruption agencies are yet to ask any of them how they got the money with a minimum wage of N30,000,” he said.


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Friday, May 20, 2022

FG MOVES TO END ASUU, POLY LECTURERS STRIKE, BEGINS PAYMENTS OF ARREARS,AS PART OF THE UNIONS DEMANDS..

 FG MOVES TO END ASUU, POLY LECTURERS STRIKE, BEGINS PAYMENTS OF ARREARS,AS PART OF THE UNIONS DEMANDS..



ASUU STRIKE BREAKING UPDATE 🔥



FG MOVES TO END ASUU, POLY LECTURERS STRIKE, BEGINS PAYMENTS OF ARREARS,AS PART OF THE UNIONS DEMANDS..



The Federal Government has commenced the payment of minimum wage arrears, which it owed lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and Academic Staff Union of Universities as part of efforts to end ongoing strikes by the unions..

The National President of ASUP, Dr. Anderson Ezeibe, and the Chairman, ASUU FUTMinna, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, confirmed this in separate interviews in Abuja Yesterday



The two unions are currently on strike following the inability of the government to meet their demands including the payment of minimum wage arrears and release of revitalisation funds, among others.

Read:Out-of-School Children Not Upto 18.5 million – Ministry Of Education Tackles UBEC, UNICEF Over Data Repor:


Confirming the payment on Thursday, Ezeibe, however, said that was just the beginning.



He said, “The government has started responding. They just started paying the salary/minimum wage arrears, the one they have refused to pay.



“However, that is just one of the demands, so we have not reached anywhere. They have not attended to the others, but I can confirm that people have started receiving alerts of the arrears owed.”


 


Also, Bolarin, said, “Some of my members got alert of their minimum wage arrears; their salaries are still pending




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