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Renegotiation of 2009 agreement at advanced stage, says ASUU

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The renegotiation of the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities has reached an advanced stage, according to the union.

The union urged its members to stay focused until “the struggle” was over.

The union announced this in a memo titled “Strike bulletin number 6,” which was signed by its National President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, and distributed to all union branches.

On Sunday, our correspondent received a copy of the memo.

In the memo, Osodeke stated that the union had five meetings with representatives of the Federal Government, two of which were with Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education.

“Our iron-clad resolve has forced the government to sit down and negotiate with us,” the memo stated.

“We’ve met with the Federal Government team five times and the Minister of Education twice.”

The renegotiation of the ASUU-FGN agreement from 2009 is going well and has reached a critical stage. We must, however, remain focused until the end of this battle.

“For the third time, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution has been put to the test. The National Information Technology Development Agency has tested UTAS and the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System so far, and will begin testing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System by the end of next week. The antics of some government officials in this regard haven’t deterred us.

“It is clear that hunger, misinformation, factual distortions, intimidation, and other forms of coercion have failed to break our resolve in the past; they should not do so now.”

“Fake news and divisive information from social media and a section of the press should be ignored. If you have any questions, contact your chairperson for clarification.

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“We are on the verge of victory.” Let us continue to believe in the union. “A united people can never be defeated.”

So far, schools have been closed for a total of 13 months under the presidency of Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

Education rights organizations such as Reform Education Nigeria and Education Rights Campaign have called for a boost in tertiary education funding in the country.

It’s been hell, students lament four-month ASUU strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities went on a four-month strike to compel the Federal Government to act on a number of issues that have been lingering between the two parties for years.

There has been little progress in the negotiations since the strike began in February.

Instead, meetings continue to end in stalemates; banquets, fanfare, party conventions, primary elections, and political campaigns are the order of the day, while the crumbling education system receives scant attention.

The PUNCH spoke with a few of these students, who expressed their displeasure with the federal government’s indifference to their plight.

Zainab Olayinka, a final-year student at Bayero University in Kano, revealed that she has “locked away the student” within herself to avoid feeling depressed.

“I’ve been coping by not allowing myself to think about it too much.” “It’s as if I’ve locked the student in me away so I don’t fall into depression,” she explained.

Zainab has also started interning at a company that helps her stay connected to her schoolwork. She’s also dabbled in ghostwriting to keep herself occupied.

“The strike forces you to change a number of your life plans. While I understand that plans change, the strike puts me in a bad position in terms of missing out on opportunities simply because of a specific requirement that is linked to my academic certificate.

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It makes you grow older, and then when you finally graduate, they tell you that you need a certain number of years of experience because you waited so long. “It’s so unjust,” she expressed her dissatisfaction.

Chinedu Chisom Uzochukwu, a University of Nigeria, Nsukka, 300-level student, said he has “not been coping” well with the protracted strike, which has left him exhausted.

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“In some ways, it’s been hell,” he said. “I mean, aside from the fact that I’m missing school, it’s been exhausting.” I’m not sure if I’ve been mentally coping.”

Chinedu, like Zainab, has begun an internship with a law firm after becoming bored at home.

When asked about the strike’s impact on his future plans, Chinedu admitted that, while the consequences aren’t immediate, he believes a shift in his interests from education to entrepreneurship is on the horizon.

An anonymous respondent in their final year at Bayero University in Kano bemoaned the fact that their school ID card indicated that they should be graduating this year.

“The fact that this (graduation) is not happening reveals how this affects every youth in a Nigerian public university,” the student said.

“The delay has an impact on our long-term plans.” It forces us to sit and watch as students at private universities quickly grow and become who they want, while we are held at the mercy of ASUU and the federal government.

Subomi, a 300-level law student at the University of Ilorin, said the announcement of the strike in February came as a welcome development at first.

This is due to the fact that the previous school session was rushed due to a nine-month strike in 2020.

Subomi, on the other hand, said that as the current strike progressed beyond the first few months, she began to feel “depressed and down.”

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Subomi, who has recently begun trading, felt for her friends who do not have jobs or other activities to keep them occupied, as the strike may have a negative impact on them.

She explained how the previous 2020 strike prompted her to start a business, which now takes up the majority of her time.

“The first strike we had during the pandemic affected me a lot,” the law student said. I was apprehensive about doing anything school-related. I was simply exhausted and had lost interest. Then, around that time, I started my own business. I began to see money as an afterthought, and as a result, I began to regard school as an afterthought.

 

“With the current strike, I’m attempting to make money and concentrating solely on money.” School is unimportant to me. I’m sure by the time we resume, this will have a significant impact on me because I’ll have to reacquaint myself with the school environment.”

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To top it all off, Subomi promises that her child “will not attend a Federal University so that they will not have to go through this.”

The strike, on the other hand, has been a blessing for Oladipo, a 400-level student at the University of Lagos. According to him, he had surgery last year and the break has allowed him to fully recover.

While he hasn’t been “feeling” empty as much, Oladipo admitted that he occasionally feels like practicing his Software Programming and Project Development skills but hasn’t been “geered to do anything productive.”

Oladipo was also upbeat about the strike, saying he doesn’t see it as a setback.

“I don’t believe the strike will have an impact on me as a young person.” While some people view strikes as a setback, I see them as an opportunity to do other things that will benefit me and my life. Because this is only a preview, it gives me time to consider how life will be after school.

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“This is how life will be if you have finished school.” You’ll just be at home, pondering how to move on to the next stage of your life. If you can do that in the time between strikes, I don’t think it will have a significant impact on your future. “In my industry (computer science), the degree doesn’t matter nearly as much as experience,” he explained.

The most recent development in the strike was a meeting held on Monday, at which both the Federal Government and the Union failed to reach any concrete agreements.

ASUU has accused the Federal Government of failing to “satisfactorily” implement the Memorandum of Action on funding for revitalisation of public universities (both federal and state), renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution that it signed with the Union in December 2020.

Earned Academic Allowances, State Universities, promotion arrears, withheld salaries, and non-remittance of third-party deductions are among the Union’s other demands.

 

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We all start counting down to the next strike when the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) calls it off. That is because we know the government will not honor the agreement, and ASUU will continue to exist. Everyone is tired of this ineffective cycle, and it’s time for the union to rethink its strategy. The ASUU wants to renegotiate the 2009 agreement, which is based on a 2001 agreement, and this is a fantastic idea.

The union should start looking into a deal that will eventually reform the university sector. A reform that relieves the government of its financial and bureaucratic obligations to universities should be too good to pass up. The agreement should not provide a mechanism for raising student tuition fees. It should, however, be a deal in which academic staff are paid competitively with their colleagues at private universities.

Reforms are required for a thriving university system to succeed, based on recent global advances. To make this reform work, ASUU will need to collaborate with university leaders, student unions, government agencies, and seasoned professionals from a specific discipline. As a result, when ASUU renegotiates the FGN-ASUU 2009 agreement, they should propose the four autonomy proposals below as part of the country’s higher education reform.

Update on ASUU Strike Nigeria:  FG Team Fails To Meet  Deadline To Resolve  Issue

The Federal Government-appointed committee led by Prof. Nimi Briggs to renegotiate the 2009 agreement signed by the government with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and put an end to the union’s ongoing strike has failed to meet the three-month deadline set by the FG.

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The committee was given three months to complete its task after being inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on March 7 of this year.

Adamu reportedly gave the committee permission to continue negotiating with the union because there appeared to be some progress, despite the fact that no concrete agreement had been reached within the time limit.

As a result, after the public holiday, the committee is expected to resume negotiations with the union.

 

in Nigeria: Nigeria ASUU strike update today Sunday June 12: UTAS undergoing fresh tests – ASUU

According to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the National Information Technology Development Agency is currently testing the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) (NITDA).

UTAS passed over 90% of the first and second tests, according to ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke, but NITDA concluded that the payment platform failed some tests.

“We’re going for a third test on UTAS.” We got a perfect score on the second one, as I previously stated. “The test is still going on,” he stated.

Mr. Osodeke, who spoke on Human Rights Radio in Abuja on Saturday, discussed a number of issues surrounding the ongoing strike, including why it has lasted so long.

“A vice chancellor cannot hire a professor without first obtaining permission from the head of the civil service, which is against all international rules.” “In comparison to a vice-chancellor, who is a head of civil service?” he asked.

“You hire a professor, and the federal character commission will pursue you, alleging that you violated federal character principles. In which country do you employ a professor using federal character? You hire a professor on the basis of his or her qualifications.”

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Some students at Nigerian public universities have expressed dissatisfaction with the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ ongoing strike (ASUU).

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Monday, some of the students urged the federal government to meet at least half of ASUU’s demands in order to end the strike.

Greatness Nnamdi-Ikpo, a third-year gas engineering student at the University of Port Harcourt, said the ongoing strike was having a negative impact on Nigerian students’ future plans.

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Mr. Osodeke accused NITDA of already “showing signs of bias because the ministry is already interfering” when he spoke on Saturday.

The tests are being hampered, according to the ASUU president, because of his union’s opposition to the professorship awarded to Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy.

 

Mr Pantami’s ministry oversees NITDA, and ASUU has repeatedly claimed that its opposition to his professorship is preventing UTAS from receiving approval certification.

The NITDA had previously denied the allegation, claiming that the software was simply being tested.

Briggs-led committee meeting
Meanwhile, ASUU announced that it has met with the Nimi Briggs-led committee on renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, and that it is hopeful that it will not be stalled like the Munzali Jibril-led committee.

The ASUU president, who stated that the strike’s suspension is contingent on the outcome of meetings with the government, refused to elaborate on the ongoing talks.

Renegotiation with ASUU was completed by the FGN-ASUU 2009 Munzali Jibril-led renegotiation committee in May 2021, which produced a draft document. The government, on the other hand, stated that the draft’s recommendations were not feasible to implement.

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In his remarks on university autonomy, Mr. Osodeke criticized a situation in which universities must obtain permission from the head of service before they can hire.

 

He also criticized the use of federal character in hiring staff, arguing that the process should be based solely on merit.

“A vice chancellor cannot hire a professor without first obtaining permission from the head of the civil service, which is against all international rules.” “In comparison to a vice-chancellor, who is a head of civil service?” he asked.

“You hire a professor, and the federal character commission will come after you, alleging that you violated federal character principles,” he added. In which country do you employ a professor using federal character? You hire a professor on the basis of his or her qualifications.”

The union’s incessant industrial actions, according to ASUU, have always been motivated by the government’s insincerity.

He recalled how former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration promised to pay N220 billion per year for six years, but “failed miserably in carrying out the agreement.”

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today  and N50 billion

Only N50 billion of that sum has been paid since 2014, according to Mr Osodeke.

“He (Mr Jonathan) summoned us to a meeting and told us that if we have to sit for three days, we must finish the meeting first,” he explained. We met with him for 14 hours and agreed that the N1.3 trillion should be spread out over six years because the government cannot bring the money all at once. They planned to release N200 billion initially, followed by N220 billion annually for the system, which he did, but we later discovered that he took money from the TETFund without informing the public.

“However, since 2014, this government has only provided N50 billion naira for all Nigerian public universities, of which there are currently about 90.”

Mr. Osodeke also chastised the proliferation of universities, particularly by state governors who, despite their inability to fund them, continue to establish new ones.

He stated that while ASUU is not opposed to the establishment of new universities, the government should set aside funds to fund them for five to ten years before they begin to receive TETFund funding.

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