No resumption without meeting our demands, ASUU tells FG.
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.
Dr Salawu Lawal, the ASUU zonal coordinator, announced this at a press conference on Wednesday at the University of Abuja in Gwagwalada.
Members, he claims, are ready to return to their duties as soon as the Federal Government meets their demands.
“You may recall that at the University of Lagos National Executive Council meeting on February 14, the Academic Staff Union of Universities declared a four-week rolling strike,” he said.
“Following a resolution taken at an emergency NEC meeting at the Festus Iyayi National Secretariat on March 14, the national action was rolled over for another eight weeks due to the Federal Government’s failure to act within that period.”
“As you are probably aware, the purpose of the action is to compel the Federal Government to sign and implement the draught renegotiated 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement presented to it by the Prof. Munzali Committee in May 2021, among other things.”
“The home-grown payment and personnel solution called UTAS, developed by ASUU as a replacement for the failed IPPIS, was deployed for use in the Nigerian university system.”
“ASUU’s call for full implementation of that famous agreement and other memorandums signed with the union has been ignored as usual by the Federal Government.”
“Since the start of the strike, there has been no meeting between the two parties. Our union’s re-submission of UTAS for a retest is the only exception.
“In summary, there will be no work in public universities unless and until the renegotiated 2009 agreement is signed and implemented, and UTAS is deployed.”
On Wednesday, ASUU, Benin Zone, appealed to Nigerians to join the union in rescuing the country’s “dying university system.” Prof Fred Esumeh, the union’s Zonal Coordinator, said in a press conference at the ASUU Secretariat, University of Benin, Edo State, that the union is calling on well-meaning Nigerians to rise up and join it in repositioning the country’s universities to a globally competitive level that will be able to produce the manpower required to jump-start the re-emergence of a technology-driven country.
“All well-meaning Nigerians, students, workers, and civil society organisations must wake up and join ASUU to save the dying university system,” he said.
“It will assist in repositioning universities to be globally competitive and capable of producing the manpower needed to jump-start the country’s re-emergence.”
ASUU also chastised the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, in Ibadan on Wednesday for making the reckless remark that the union is “mean and wicked for shutting down universities.”
Prof. Ayo Akinwole, the ASUU chairman at the University of Ibadan, said in a statement that lecturers in Nigeria had sacrificed their labour, sweat, and health “only for government parasites to come and destroy common heritage and collective patrimony.”
“The Minister of State for Education represents one of the Buhari administration’s deceptive and insincere characters,” Akinwole said.
“For a minister to admit that they have consistently been irresponsible by pleading with a union to bury the welfare of its members and not fight for infrastructure face-lifts for the masses’ children and new salaries for the welfare of her members is a sign of acceptance of failure.”
The minister’s salary and allowances should be made public, according to the ASUU boss, who also asked him to tell Nigerians how much he owes the government since becoming minister.
Akinwole stated that lecturers have been mindful of the plight of students and society, which is why the union members have reached an agreement with the government, which owes her members 13 years of earned academic allowances and 13 years on old salary, despite the fact that ministers and cabinet members in the government enjoy periodic review of allowances and salaries.
ASUU, others selfish, says FG, union faults minister.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has been accused by the Federal Government of being selfish in its strike.
Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education, said this in an interview with one of our correspondents. He also slammed the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions for going on strike.
SSANU and NASU began a two-week warning strike two weeks ago.
JAC is demanding payment of earned allowances, among other things. Vice-chancellors’ usurpation of non-academic career positions was also criticised.
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JAC’s strike was also extended for another two weeks on Friday. ASUU, which went on strike on February 14, accused the government of not being serious about paying the academic earned allowance and other benefits.
In an interview with our correspondent, Nwajiuba stated that there was no point in the unions disrupting the lives of students for the sake of money that would be paid to them later.
Despite their refusal to call off the strikes, the minister stated that the workers were still receiving their salaries.
He believes it is self-serving for unions to shut down universities, claiming that they are not the only ones with demands.
Unlike universities unions, he said, other unions such as the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union were considerate.
ASUP and COEASU, he claims, are willing to put up with the government.
“The issue is not whether they are right or wrong,” Nwajiuba said of ASUU. What we’ve always said is that the Nigerian government and people will keep looking into the matter because if you disrupt academic sessions over a single entitlement, you’ll eventually get the entitlement, but we’ll have lost the time our children would have spent learning. You’re being cruel. It’s pointless to cause havoc in everyone’s lives because you haven’t received your money.”
He explained that the government didn’t have the funds to immediately fund the union’s requests because the country’s petroleum sales had plummeted.
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The federal government announced yesterday that relevant government ministries and agencies were monitoring the ongoing strike action by academic and non-academic staff unions at the nation’s public universities.
Speaking to journalists after President Muhammadu Buhari’s weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House in Abuja, Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said relevant government ministries and agencies were interacting with striking unions such as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), and Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASUAEI).
On Tuesday, Nigerian women urged all education stakeholders, including the Academic Staff Union of Universities, to return to the classroom and save the futures of Nigerian children who are forced to stay at home and delay their education.
Lami Adamu, the newly elected President of the National Council for Women Societies, said this at the council’s convention in Abuja.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, or ASUU, has called the federal government’s efforts to disparage and antagonise the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, or UTAS, unpatriotic, anti-national, and neocolonialistic.
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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.
That is the latest news in Nigeria on ASUU Strike Nigeria Update 2022 and Latest on ASUU Strike today.
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