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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Breaking News Federal Government has Order VC’s For Reopening Universities across the country

RE: FG Order VC’s To Reopen Universities


Though not surprised by the so-called order from the most insensitive government ever in the history of our dear country, Nigeria as regard to the fundamental rights of Nigerian masses, which is right to education.


It is quite clear to everyone who cares to follow updates concerning industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since middle of February, 2022, that the present government does not have the political will to address some of the reasons if not all that made university based unions to embark on the longest strike that has never been possible under previous administrations in the history of this nation.


However, it is important to straighten the records, Nigerian Public universities were never closed or locked down. This position can be verified with a visit to respective university‘s administrations. The academic staff simply withdrew one of their services to the universities that is teaching, while research and community services are ongoing. Even the unending strikes could be regarded as community service because it is in the overall interest of boosting and advancing our universities to be competitive globally or have a minimum standard of what is called university internationally.


As regard to research, browse through the internet especially academic databases like Scopus, springer and so on and so forth and discover how many publications; such as journals, book chapters, conferences proceedings, seminar etcetera were published by the Nigerian academics this year especially from February, 2022 to date with or without government funding.


To settle the face-off between FG and ASUU and return academic activities to our Universities, I humbly suggest the following options.


1. Terminate appointment of ASUU members


The FG in its recent attitude, the Federal government claims to have wanted that masses to go back to school by-fire-by-force despite the obsolete tools and equipment found on university campuses. Regardless of quality education in tertiary institutions, specifically universities. Since ASUU is “adamant” and refuses to go back to classroom despite court order and now FG order, what is the difference!. The FG should just sack all academics in the country then replace them with other set of Nigerians that would not demand for a better educational system.


2. Employ or Hire professors from around the globe


After sacking all academics, the government should hire senior academics from foreign universities to come and teach the teeming population of students in the universities. This option I swear this government might not attempt to try it. It requires a huge amount of money and no benefit to the political class.


Less I forget, since the quality education is not a way to go as demonstrated by government officials, especially the presidency. The almighty FG should just employ every interested Nigerian with interest to teach in university irrespective of qualification and character, just like political office holders; anybody with senior secondary certificate examination (SSCE) results like WAEC, diploma, NCE and so on, even original NEPA bill should be considered for immediate employment as academics in the universities in order to fill up the vacancy after sacking all lecturers and ensure school “reopens” as soon as possible. 


3. Fulfill the agreement


This government, like its predecessors, entered an agreement with the union a number of times but refused to honor it. Where is his integrity? Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Memorandum of Action (MOA) were duly signed by this government apart from renegotiation reports by the committees willingly set up by the government, but as if like there is nobody in-charge of the administration. Nobody is talking about it except few and the FG wants the patriotic ASUU to also be coward and keep mute and follow blindly until the university education in Nigeria perishes. 


4. Another option


The FG should do nothing and keep blackmailing and issuing propaganda until its remaining months are over. We pray an education friendly president is elected in the forthcoming 2023 general election. Vote wisely, vote freedom.


5. Provisional conclusion


The ball is now on the coat for FG to decide and choose among the options presented above. As a student, I want the government to go for option number three (3) because the country is ours and posterity will be kind to present administration as one that brought an end to the incessant strikes in Nigerian universities.  


God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria

God bless Academic Staff Union of Universities

God bless Nigerian Students 


Mohammed Ajuji, Student, ATBU, writes.

Sunday, July 10, 2022

ASUU strike: Buhari govt reveals when universities will resume

 

ASUU strike: Buhari govt reveals when universities will resume



The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has assured that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will soon be over.

Goodluck Opiah, the Minister of State for Education, assured that Buhari's administration is committed to ending the ASUU strike.

Opiah gave the assurance in Owerri, Imo State, while addressing journalists over the weekend.


"I can assure you that the government is very concerned about the situation. Even as I speak to you now a lot of thinking, a lot of discussions and meetings are going on with a view to resolving the matter as quickly as possible.

"I am hopeful that the disagreement between the government and ASUU will be resolved soon so that our children can go back to school".

ASUU has been on strike since February 2022 over face-off with the Federal Government due to mode of payment for university lecturers.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

UNIABUJA VC Discloses that Strikes Have Destroyed Our University System , as he Tells ASUU, FG To Avoid It

Strikes have destroyed our university system. This is according to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah. He has urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government to avoid strikes in order to protect the university system.



There are three main points that will be discussed in this essay. First, the Vice Chancellor's statement will be analyzed. Second, the reasons for the decline of the university system will be examined. Finally, solutions to the problem will be proposed.

The Vice Chancellor's statement is significant because it highlights the negative impact that strikes have on the university system. He argues that strikes have destroyed the system and that they should be avoided in order to protect it. This is a valid point, as strikes do have a negative impact on universities.


There are several reasons for the decline of the university system. One reason is the financial crisis that has affected many universities. Another reason is the political instability in some countries, which has led to a decline in the quality of education. Finally, the increasing number of students has also put a strain on the system.


There are several solutions to the problem of the decline of the university system. One solution is for the government to provide more funding to universities. Another solution is for universities to increase their intake of students so that they can cope with the demand. Finally, universities should also improve their teaching methods so that students can learn more effectively.


Strikes have indeed destroyed our university system. However, this is not the only reason for the decline of the system. There are several other factors that have contributed to the problem. The government and universities need to work together to find solutions to the problem.

Strike: We Will Call Off Strike Moment FG Accepts UTAS – ASUU

 Strike: We Will Call Off Strike Moment FG Accepts UTAS – ASUU



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has challenged the federal government to accept the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) payment platform for it to call off the ongoing strike.


ASUU national president, Prof. Emmanuel Osedeke, who said this while speaking on Channels Television on Monday night, said the strike will continue unless government accept UTAS and honour the 2009 agreement.


Osodeke said, “Let government tell us they have finished testing the UTAS and sign the agreement, then tomorrow we will call off the strike.


“We challenge the government, when would they sign the agreement? When would they accept UTAS? These are the two questions we should ask Nigerian government,” he stated.

Until FG Accepts UTAS, Honour Our Agreement, No Reopening Of Varsities – ASUU President Declares

 The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has declared that until the Federal Government accepts the Union's demands and honours their agreement, no universities will be reopened. This is a strong stance taken by the Union in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the Federal Government's decision to reopen schools.



ASUU is demanding that the Federal Government honour their agreement in full, including the payment of salaries and allowances that are owed to members. The Union is also demanding that the Federal Government provide adequate funding for universities so that they can properly function.


Osodeke's declaration means that there is a possibility of a prolonged closure of universities, which would have a negative impact on students and staff alike. However, the Union is standing firm on its position and is prepared to negotiate with the Federal Government in order to reach a resolution.


The first main point is that the Federal Government needs to honour its agreement with ASUU in full. This includes the payment of salaries and allowances that are owed to members. The Union is also demanding that the Federal Government provide adequate funding for universities so that they can properly function.


If the Federal Government does not honour its agreement, it will be in breach of contract. This could lead to legal action being taken against the Government, which would be costly and time-consuming. Furthermore, it would damage the relationship between the Government and the Union, which is already strained.



The second main point is that a prolonged closure of universities would have a negative impact on students and staff alike. Students would miss out on vital learning opportunities, and staff would miss out on income.


A prolonged closure of universities would also have a knock-on effect on the local economy. Businesses that rely on university students and staff would suffer, and this would ultimately lead to job losses.


The third main point is that the Union is prepared to negotiate with the Federal Government in order to reach a resolution. However, the Union is firm in its position and is not prepared to compromise on its demands.


Osodeke has stated that the Union is open to dialogue with the Federal Government. However, he has also said that the Union will not accept anything less than what has been agreed upon. This is a strong stance taken by the Union, and it is one that is likely to result in a resolution.


In conclusion, the Federal Government needs to honour its agreement with ASUU in full. If it does not, there is a risk of a prolonged closure of universities, which would have a negative impact on students and staff alike. However, the Union is prepared to negotiate with the Federal Government in order to reach a resolution.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Kperogi lambasts Education Minister Adamu Adamu over alleged negligence towards ASUU strike. 

 Kperogi lambasts Education Minister Adamu Adamu over alleged negligence towards ASUU strike.

 The essay will explore three main points: the reasons for the strike, the government's response, and the implications of the strike.



The reasons for the strike are many and varied, but the main one is the government's failure to meet its promises to the education sector. ASUU has been demanding better funding for universities, improved working conditions, and increased salaries for professors. The government has failed to meet these demands, and ASUU has been on strike for over a month now.


The government's response to the strike has been lacklustre, to say the least. Education Minister Adamu Adamu has been accused of negligence and of not doing enough to resolve the situation. The government has offered to meet some of ASUU's demands, but not all of them. ASUU has rejected the government's offer, and the strike continues.


The implications of the strike are far-reaching. Universities are closed, and students are not able to attend classes. This will have a negative impact on their studies and on their future prospects. The strike is also causing financial hardship for many families, as they are not able to pay their tuition fees. The longer the strike continues, the more damaging it will be.


Kperogi lambasts Education Minister Adamu Adamu over alleged negligence towards ASUU strike. The strike is a result of the government's failure to meet its promises to the education sector. The government's response has been lacklustre, and the implications of the strike are far-reaching. The longer the strike continues, the more damaging it will be.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Rollover: 4 Weeks Left For ASUU To Decide Fate Of Ongoing Industrial Action

 Rollover: 4 Weeks Left For ASUU To Decide Fate Of Ongoing Industrial Action.



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is currently on strike and has been for over 4 weeks. The strike is a result of the failure of the Nigerian government to meet the demands of the union, which include improved funding for the education sector, among others. With no end in sight, the question now is what will happen to the students who are affected by the strike?


There are currently 4 weeks left until the end of the semester, and if the strike is not resolved by then, it is likely that there will be a "rollover" of students to the next semester. This means that students will not be able to graduate on time and will have to extend their time at university.


While a rollover may not be the ideal solution, it may be the only option if the strike is not resolved soon. It is important to remember that the students are not to blame in this situation, and that the Nigerian government is the one who needs to take responsibility for the current state of affairs.


The first main point is that the students are not to blame in this situation. It is the Nigerian government that is responsible for the current state of affairs. The government has failed to meet the demands of the ASUU, and as a result, the union has gone on strike. The students are the ones who are suffering as a result of this.


The second main point is that a rollover may be the only option if the strike is not resolved soon. With only 4 weeks left until the end of the semester, it is unlikely that the strike will be resolved in time. This means that students will not be able to graduate on time and will have to extend their time at university.

The third main point is that the Nigerian government needs to take responsibility for the current state of affairs. The government has failed to meet the demands of the ASUU, and as a result, the union has gone on strike. The students are the ones who are suffering as a result of this. The government needs to take responsibility for its actions and resolve the strike as soon as possible.


Conclusion:

In conclusion, the students are not to blame in this situation. It is the Nigerian government that is responsible for the current state of affairs. The government has failed to meet the demands of the ASUU, and as a result, the union has gone on strike. The students are the ones who are suffering as a result of this.


A rollover may be the only option if the strike is not resolved soon. With only 4 weeks left until the end of the semester, it is unlikely that the strike will be resolved in time. This means that students will not be able to graduate on time and will have to extend their time at university.


The Nigerian government needs to take responsibility for the current state of affairs. The government has failed to meet the demands of the ASUU, and as a result, the union has gone on strike. The students are the ones who are suffering as a result of this. The government needs to take responsibility for its actions and resolve the strike as soon as possible.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

 “FG, ASUU Must Have To Come To A Compromise” – Ministerial Nominee Nkama, Speaks On Ending Strike  

 “FG, ASUU Must Have To Come To A Compromise” – Ministerial Nominee Nkama, Speaks On Ending Strike

 


The Senate, on Wednesday, screened and confirmed the seven ministerial nominees whose names were sent to it last week by President Muhammadu Buhari for confirmation as Ministers-designate. 


This is as one of the nominees, Ekumankama Joseph Nkama, called for compromise between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on one hand, and an increased budgetary allocation to the education sector by the National Assembly on the other hand, as the solutions to the incessant ASUU strike.


He also asked the National Assembly to provide additional funding for the educational sector, so as to meet some of the needs of the union.


He said, “there will be the need for compromise. For a very long time ASUU has been sticking to their guns that all the agreements reached earlier must be implemented.


“And we know that from the same source – the same national purse – there are several contending interests seeking for attention.


“My advice will be that federal government and ASUU will have to come to a compromise, and through this, we would be able to solve the issue of ASUU strike once and for all.


“I know the importance of budgetary provision. I want to appeal to the Senate that when the budget is being made for the coming year, there will be adequate provision for the education sector, so that some of these needs that the ASUU members are asking for as a union will be met.”

Friday, June 17, 2022

‘We Won't Allow No Work No Pay Policy To Discourage Us, Victory Is Near’ – SSANU Says As Union, FG Resume Talks

 ‘We Won't Allow No Work No Pay Policy To Discourage Us, Victory Is Near’ – SSANU Says As Union, FG Resume Talks 



The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU, has urged its members to remain calm and prayerful as they resume negotiation with Briggs committee today 17th June. 


The directive which was disclosed in a statement by the ABU SSANU Chairman, made known to Students Mirror, also urged its members not to be discouraged by FG implementation of ‘No Work No Pay’ Policy on striking unions from achieving their goals.


The statement reads partly; “The leadership of JAC of (SSANU/NASU) will be having another round of negotiations with the Briggs committee today Friday 17th June, 2022.


My fellow comrades, you may recall that President Muhammadu Buhari directed that U3PS, UTAS, and IPPIS payment platforms be subjected to integrity test by NITDA. So far, NITDA has tested both U3PS and UTAS for the past 3 weeks. Testing for IPPIS will begin next week.


Members should note that, the payment platforms U3PS (the best payment platform) UTAS, and IPPIS) shall be subjected to three phases of integrity test.


Let me use this opportunity to once again implore members to maintain the strike tempo. We shall not allow any form of intimidation by FG's "NO WORK NO PAY" implementation to deter us from our targets/goals.


My dear Comrades victory is near. Members are urged to continue praying for successful negotiations and for it to be in our favor.....” statement partly added.

JUST IN: ASUU Strike Unnecessary, Causing Damage To Students, Nigeria – JAMB Registrar Discloses

 JUST IN: ASUU Strike Unnecessary, Causing Damage To Students, Nigeria – JAMB Registrar Discloses



The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is- haq Oloyede, on Friday, urged the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing industrial action by the university lecturers in the country.


Oloyede, who made the call in Ilorin, Kwara State, described the ongoing industrial strike action by ASUU members as unnecessary, Students Mirror had learnt.


The JAMB boss, who said that incessant strike action by unions in the nation’s tertiary institutions was capable of causing irreparable damage on not just the students but also the nation, urging both the government and the unions to find ways of putting an end to the “unnecessary strike action”.


“While acknowledging the fact that the primary responsibility of reasonable (even if not adequate) funding of public health and education institutions lies on the proprietors-the Government, may I seize this opportunity to call on the employers, university-based labour unions to appreciate the irreparable damage of incessant strikes on not just the students but also the nation,” he added.


Patience, we're almost winning the battle" - ASUU shares great successes with its members who have reached the advanced stages. This is reported in a bulletin known to Studentenspiegel. “Our overthrow strike is now in its 16th week. 

 "Patience, we're almost winning the battle" - ASUU shares great successes with its members who have reached the advanced stages. This is reported in a bulletin known to Studentenspiegel. “Our overthrow strike is now in its 16th week



As the struggle continues, I congratulate the members for their dedication and resilience in the patriotic struggle for the survival of our nation's university system. “Members received special praise for maintaining their faith in unity despite the hardship families are experiencing due to the suspension of wages. 

They stated emphatically and clearly that we are not beggars and therefore hunger is a powerless tool to break our determination... our iron is forcing governments to sit down and negotiate with us.


The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has written to its members that they should remain patient adding that its renegotiation with the government has reached an advanced stage. This was disclosed in a bulletin made known to Students Mirror.


It reads “Our roll-over strike is 16 weeks old now. As the struggle continues, members are commended for their commitment and steadfastness in the patriotic struggle for the survival of the University system in our country.


“Members are particularly applauded for keeping faith with the Union in spite of the hardship imposed on our families as a result of the stoppage of salaries. You have made the statement loud and clear that we are not beggars and, as a result, hunger is an impotent instrument to break our resolve.


Our iron-cast resolve has forced the government to sit down and negotiate with us. We have had five meetings with the Federal Government Team and two meetings with the Minister of Education.


The renegotiation of the 2009 agreement of ASUU-FGN agreement is progressing smoothly and has reached an advanced stage. However, we must remain focused to the end of this struggle


“UTAS has been tested for the 3rd time. So far NITDA has tested UTAS and U3PS and will start testing IPPIS next week. We are undeterred by the antic of some government officials in this respect.


“It is clear that hunger, misinformation, distortion of facts, intimidation and other sundry acts of arm-twisting have tailed to break our resolve to date; they should not break us now.


Ignore fake news and divisive information emanating from social media and a section of the press. if in doubt over any issue, contact your Chairperson for correct information.” statement partly reads. 


Elections: we are too big for a politician to live. NANS urged students to vote correctly. . The letter says: .

Elections: we are too big for a politician to live. NANS urged students to vote correctly. . The letter says: .



 Endless possibilities and expectations. “Fellow Nigerian youth and students, there is no doubt that we have never been so bad in the eternal history of our people. “Over the past 12 months, there have been countless kidnappings in this country.


The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has called on Nigerian youths and students to look beyond ethnic and religious sentiments in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.


The Coordinator, NANS Zone F, South-East, Onya Ibeabuchi-Moses, alias Aluta Apostle, made the call in an open letter addressed to students and youths of the country.


The letter read: “As we all know 2023 is by the corner, and as far as I am concerned it is an important year for all Nigerians who desire a paradigm shift from the retrogressive status quo we have found ourselves into for a couple of dispensations now, to a new Nigeria full unlimited possibilities and hope.


 “Fellow Nigerian youths and students, there is no gainsaying that we have never had it this bad in the successive history of our nation.


“There have been a myriad of abductions that had happened in the country in the last twelve months, especially that of road and train travelers,” he said.


Mr Moses, therefore, called on Nigerian Youths and students to wake up from their slumber and go all out on election day to do what is necessary.


He said: “This is the power we have, a right that establishes what we want and the resolve that would change our country for good.


“They can buy delegate votes, but the truth remains that we are too big, articulate, ever conscious, dogged and currently enlightened by these businessmen in power, to buy.


“I’m therefore calling on our celebrities who are members of the youth population in this country to come on board and use their platforms to preach the message of hope, reawakening and voter education to their teeming fans and followers as this would go a long way to enable our youths do the right thing." statement partly reads.


We thought God will hear that Nigerian Prophet who Claims ASUU Would Suspend Strike On 17th June, As Students Anticipates, Eagerly Awaits Outcome 

 We thought God will hear that  Nigerian Prophet who Claims ASUU Would Suspend Strike On 17th June, As Students Anticipates, Eagerly Awaits Outcome 



A Nigerian clergyman, barely a month ago, claimed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) would suspend its industrial action and return to class in June. 


In a viral video, the clergyman was seen telling his congregation that the striking university union would suspend strike this month. 


He said; “By this 17th of June, ASUU would call off strike”


However, the video which went viral on social media, sparked reactions amongst netizens. Students are seen quoting the words of the clergyman while hoping his “prophecy” works out.


Lakevibez reports that the Academic Staff Union of Universities embarked on industrial action in February 2022. Other university unions are also on strike over unfulfilled demands by the Federal Government.


Recently the National President of ASUU, Professor Osodeke revealed that the union is awaiting the response of the Federal Government on its demands.


Emmanuel Osodeke told newsmen yesterday that the meeting was fair, saying they were expecting the government to respond to the issues they discussed with the committee.


When asked if ASUU would call the strike off soon since it had a fair deliberation with Briggs committee, Osodeke said, ‘‘I don’t know if we are calling off the strike soon. We are waiting for the final response from the government.”



Wednesday, June 15, 2022

ASUU, FG Talks Ends Without Concrete Agreement, To Reconvene Within 24 Hours To Consider A Draft Agreement

 ASUU, FG Talks Ends Without Concrete Agreement, To Reconvene Within 24 Hours To Consider A Draft Agreement.



The Federal Government has continued its negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as the strike by the lecturers enters its fourth month.

A meeting between the striking lecturers and the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee, however, ended without a concrete agreement as members planned to reconvene within 24 hours to consider a draft agreement.

Talks between both parties were held on Monday at the Nigeria University Commission (NUC) in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A senior member of the union who attended the meeting told journalist that they reached some agreements with the Federal Government, but members had to break and reconvene within 24 hours to consider the new terms in the draft agreement.

The Federal Government set up the committee led by Professor Briggs on March 7 with a three-month mandate to renegotiate the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government agreement.

The government had tasked the committee to ensure the renegotiation brings an end to the ongoing industrial action by the university lecturers.

The committee met members of the union on Monday, September 10, 2018 at NUC in Abuja.

ASUU is demanding a 50 per cent increase in salaries and allowances, and a 30 per cent reduction in work load.

In the 2009 agreement, the government undertook to pay the academic staff an annual basic salary of N232,000 with a further increment of 70 per cent on top of it.

They asked that the Federal Government should take over the revenue generating agencies and use the funds accrued to fund their salaries.

The committee is also expected to review the minimum entry qualification and National Union of Academic Staff (NUAS) discharge certificate.

ASUU's demand caused a split following the 2014 general elections, with one faction striking work to protest against the Federal Government's alleged failure to fulfil its promise in 2009.

Another group remained on strike till February 2017 to press for the fulfillment of government's commitment.

Some universities reopened based on this concession, but the strike entered 2016.

ASUU claimed government failed to pay the health allowance, did not come up with a new earning structure, had not kept its 2009 agreement, and did not expand all post-graduate academic quotas which was supposed to be 5 per cent of a graduating students.

According to ASUU's interim report sent to the FG in 2010 explaining their condition, their salaries were fixed when they were appointed in 1981.

The FG was supposed to talk with the National Universities Commission (NUC) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) stipulating that NUC should determine ASUU's salary package.

The FG had promised 7.5 per cent salary increments till March, 2017.

ASUU President Osodeke Discloses,  that there are  Yet To Hear From FG  He further Expresses Uncertainty Over Suspension of Strike

ASUU President Osodeke Discloses,  that there are  Yet To Hear From FG  He further Expresses Uncertainty Over Suspension of Strike



The striking Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it is awaiting the response of the Federal Government on its demands.


The President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, told newsmen that the meeting was fair, saying they were expecting the government to respond to the issues they discussed with the committee.


When asked if ASUU would call the strike off soon since it had a fair deliberation with Briggs committee, Osodeke said, ‘‘I don’t know if we are calling off the strike soon. We are waiting for the final response from the government.


“It is a committee of different government agencies. They need to go back to their principal and look at what we agreed on and then get back to us. When they respond to us, we will give you full details.”


He revealed that University Transparency and Accountability Solution is still undergoing test by National Information Technology Development Agency, adding that ASUU has had three meetings with the Federal Government’s committee.


He said, “They will call us when they are ready for another meeting, but none for now. We have had about three meetings with them.’’


Friday, June 10, 2022

LAUTECH Has Benefitted From ASUU Struggle, We Will Not Suspend Strike – Lecturers Tells Makinde

 LAUTECH Has Benefitted From ASUU Struggle, We Will Not Suspend Strike – Lecturers Tells Makinde



Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) has disclosed that all public tertiary educational institutions are beneficiaries of the ASUU struggle.


The union has disclosed that it will not pull out of the ongoing strike because all public tertiary educational institutions are beneficiaries of the ASUU struggle.


It said any branch that breaks the strike will lose out on the benefits of the struggle including infrastructure development.


ASUU in a statement signed by its Chairman and Secretary Professors Biodun Olaniran and Toyin Abegunrin said their members have resolved to forge ahead with the strike.


“The university system is one (as regulated by the National University Commission). ASUU too is one. There is only one Chatter of ASUU with several Branches including LAUTECH Branch. Virtually all public tertiary institutions particularly public universities are beneficiaries of ASUU’s struggles in Nigeria.


“Currently, the responsibility of most state governments in Nigeria to the state-owned universities is limited to part-payment of monthly salaries. The responsibilities of capital projects have been completely abdicated and surrendered to Tetfund and Needs Assessments Project of ASUU’s struggles.” statement partly reads.


Thursday, June 9, 2022

JUST IN: Obaseki Lacks Power To Suspend ASUU's Activities In Edo State – AAU ASUU Chairman Speaks 

 JUST IN: Obaseki Lacks Power To Suspend ASUU's Activities In Edo State – AAU ASUU Chairman Speaks 



In an interview with The PUNCH, the AAU ASUU chairman, Cyril Onogbosele, said the state government lacked the power to suspend ASUU’s activities because the union is not registered with the state government.


He said, “We have seen the statement banning the activities of unions in the state institutions including ASUU. ASUU is a legal trade union and we have the right of association in the eyes of the law.


“So, on what basis did he ban the union’s activities? Is it because students protested because the union is on strike?”


Onogbosele said the school management was duly notified of its ongoing strike over the non-payment of its members’ 17-month salary arrears.


“So is he (the governor) saying we don’t have the right to ask for our pay with a strike action? What is illegal in the activity that we have carried out? Is strike not recognised by law as a means to put pressure on employers to address issues?


“These are the views of the union and the action is condemnable. If there are issues, you resolve it with the union and you don’t ban the union’s activities because you don’t want to resolve the pending issues,” he added.


EXCLUSIVE: Highlight From MOUAU ASUU Meeting Held Recently

 EXCLUSIVE: Highlight From MOUAU ASUU Meeting Held Recently



1. Minimum Wage Arrears: 6 different schools including Universities of Agriculture were not paid the arrears of the consequential adjustment to the minimum wage. When the Union sought for explanation on why they were omitted, it was reported that the Ministry of Education excluded those under the Ministry of Agriculture. Then, the Minister of Agriculture was contacted by National leadership of ASUU and they said they were working on it. 


Submissions were called from the omitted schools including ours. Unfortunately, ours came over bloated in figures and it was sent back for corrections. Later on, it was also discovered that what was resent didn't capture Account numbers of our Staff. It was returned again for corrections which was completed by Thursday last week. 


Thereafter, the ministry said they are expecting the remaining five schools to submit so they can pay everyone generally. But, the Union prevailed on them to pay those whose own are ready yesterday which they promised to do. Hence, if they go on as agreed, before the week ends, we should get our own minimum wage arrears.


2. Renegotiation of salaries and agreement:

The Minister of Education took over the negotiations from Labour and ASUU has met severally with the Committee set up for this. After some discussion, they agreed on a percentage increase that was acceptable to ASUU. So, the Government team was tasked to refer back to their Ogas and reconvene on Monday for final conclusion. ASUU President enjoined us all to pray seriously towards Monday meeting because if agreement is reached by Monday, the only hurdle will now be implementation. 


The new salary incorporates allowances such as Journal allowance, rent, etc. The new salary will not be consolidated but split so you know what is your basic and other allowances. Hence, taxation will be done on basic only.


3. EAA and revitalization fund: Due to the lingering strikes and inability of FG to implement agreement citing lack of funds, the Union has agreed for FG to pay a substantial amount of money as EAA and revitalization fund once and for all to cover all arrears till date. This is part of the Union's magnanimity to see that incessant strikes are stopped. Hence, when the money is released, there will be no issue of arrears of EAA again nor revitalization fund. Hence, 2009 agreement will be laid to rest and this new one proposed to be signed this will replace it.


4. UTAS: The platform has passed its test but is not yet accepted because the JAC of non-teaching presented theirs and insisted on using it as their payment platform. Knowing that two different payment platforms can't exist in an institution, the Union proposed to meet JAC and liaise with them to accept UTAS and have a common goal and voice.


5. National Housing Fund: The Union appreciated the idea and has agreed for her members to open accounts with Federal Mortgage Bank where such deductions can be transferred. But, the approval will come after UTAS is deployed so that proper account of all deductions will be transferred. This NHF gives members access to loans for building.


6. Promotion arrears: The University submitted wrong figure which made some persons paid and others not. Hence, ASUU has set up Committee to look into it internally across all schools and develop the right payment schedule. 


7. After the deployment of UTAS, a Committee will be set to look into all deductions under IPPIS and develop cases of over-deductions and prepare a schedule for repayment.


8. Visitation panel report: The white paper is ready and is being gazetted. The reports covers findings between 2011-2016 and 2016-2021.


9. Governing Council of Universities of Agriculture: The Ministry of Agriculture earlier stalled the inauguration of Council members of Universities of Agriculture because they were aggrieved they were constituted by Ministry of Education where those Universities don't belong. Hence, ASUU leadership contacted the Minister who promised to inaugurate them last week but traveled. This will be followed up to see if it will be done soon.

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.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Bring ASUU Strike To An End Without Further Delay – NLC President Wabba Tells Federal Government

 Bring ASUU Strike To An End Without Further Delay – NLC President Wabba Tells Federal Government



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has urged the Federal Government to end the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions.


Its President, Ayuba Wabba, made the call in his contributions to the report of the Director-General of the International Labour Organisation at the 110 International Labour Conference recently.


Speaking on the sideline of the conference, Wabba said: “In Nigeria, workers in our universities, both academic and non-academic, have been on strike for more than two months because of non-implementation of the collective bargaining agreement.


“We call on the government to bring this strike to an end without further delay.”


He said the NLC wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari on how to use a high-powered delegation to end the strike.


“The best way to resolve disputes under the ILO rule is through a social dialogue process that works and that respects collective bargaining agreements. “That will be a lasting option to address some of those issues and disputes and I think it is high time that was done.” he added partly.

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