Nigeria ASUU Strike Update: NLC gives FG 21-day to resolve ASUU, SSANU strikes or..

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Nigerian ASUU Strike 2022: Nigeria ASUU Strike Update

, NLC gives FG 21- day to resolve ASUU, SSANU strikes

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has stepped in to resolve a long-standing dispute between the Federal Government and tertiary institution unions, which has paralyzed activities in the country’s universities.

As a result, the congress gave the government a 21-day deadline to resolve the issues with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) (NAAT).

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This was contained in a communique signed by NLC President Ayuba Wabba and the congress’ General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Following a meeting with the leaders of the affected unions, Wabba expressed grave concerns about the government’s failure to honor their 2009 renegotiated agreement.

If the government fails to resolve the impasse within the time frame, he stated that the NLC would decide on the next course of action after the ultimatum expires.

 

Read the full text of the communique below:

Preamble:

Congress scheduled and convened a meeting with affiliate Education Sector Unions on the 12th of April 2022. The overarching objective of the meeting was to take reports on the ongoing industrial dispute cum action in Nigeria’s University system.

 

The meeting which was presided by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress had in attendance the Presidents of the following unions:

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU);

Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU);

Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU); and

National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT).

It would be recalled that acting proactively after meeting with affiliates in the education sector, the Nigeria Labour Congress on 18th August 2020 wrote the Honourable Ministers of Education, Labour and Employment, Finance, Budget and National Planning, and the Accountant General of the Federation in a letter titled “REQUEST FOR YOUR URGENT INTERVENTION IN THE BREWING CRISIS IN NIGERIA’S TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS OVER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INTEGRATED PAYROLL PERSONEL INFORMATION SYSTEM AND OTHER INDUSTRIAL CONCERNS IN OUR IVORY TOWER”.

Unfortunately, only the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment through a letter dated 28th August 2020 acknowledged the letter conveying our concerns for Nigeria’s tertiary education.

Issues in Dispute:

As captured in the letters under reference, the key issues in disputes in the current crises bedevilling Nigeria’s tertiary education include:

Re-negotiation of the 2009 Agreement which is expected to be reviewed every three years;

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Challenges with the implementation of the Integrated Payment Payroll Information System (IPPIS);

Funding of University and Tertiary Education System in Nigeria;

Non-payment of Arrears of Minimum Wage for University staff; and

Earned Allowances for both Academic and Non-Academic Staff of Nigeria’s Universities.

Our Concerns:

The intermittent and protracted strikes and other industrial actions in Nigeria’s public tertiary education system;

Non-Implementation of Collective Bargaining Agreements signed with unions in Nigeria’s tertiary education system which touch on university funding, earned allowances, and other welfare issues facing universities staff; and

The fate of more than 95% of Nigerian students constituted largely by children of the poor who cannot afford to pay the average of One Million Naira school fees charged by private tertiary institutions and who are currently idling away at home while the children of the rich continue with their education.

Our Resolutions:

In light of the foregoing concerns, the meeting resolved as follows:

Called on the Federal Government to immediately set up a High-Powered Panel constituted of members with requisite mandates to resolve within 21 days the foregoing issues militating against industrial harmony in Nigeria’s university system; and

Pursuant to the foregoing resolution, the Nigeria Labour Congress would be convening a Special Meeting of the Central Working Committee (CWC) of all the Affiliate Unions of the Congress to decide on the next line of action.

Signed

Comrade Ayuba Wabba, mni                      Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, mni

President                                                         General Secretary

 

Wednesday, April 13 2022: Nigeria Update: Let students return to schools, lawmaker begs FG

Mr Rasheed Makinde, a Lagos lawmaker, has advised the Federal Government and strikers in Nigerian universities to resolve their differences so that students can return to school for academic activities.

Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that academic activities in public universities have been halted due to ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU).

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Makinde, a two-term lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly who represents Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency II, made the plea while registering 350 indigent students in the constituency for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

“The issue is on the exclusive list, and neither Lagos State nor any other state is allowed to intervene.”

 

“It is a Federal Government issue, and I believe they (the Federal Government and the striking university unions) are at the negotiating table, and the Federal Government will be present.”

“I believe they will call off the strike and return to school in due time,” Makinde said.

 

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Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that ASUU has given condition before Universities can resume. 

According to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Abuja Zone, there will be no resumption of classes in public universities until the renegotiated 2009 agreement is signed, implemented, and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution is implemented.

 

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The Nigerian government also failed in its duties by refusing to subject IPPIS to proper integrity tests simply because it was provided by an Oracle-based company in another country despite its flaws, according to the Union.

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THE Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that it is unconcerned about universities remaining closed until the necessary steps are taken to ensure the quality of learning and the well-being of workers and students.

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