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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has provided an explanation as to why it did not accept the academic salary structure that was offered by the federal government.
Recall that on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, during the resumed meeting of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and ASUU 2009 Agreement Re-negotiation Committee, the government team presented a “Award” of a Recommended Consolidated University Academic Salary Structure (CONUASS) that was prepared by the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) to ASUU.
This was done in order to present ASUU with a Recommended Consolidated University Academic Salary
However, in a press statement that was made available to Ejes Gist Newspaper and which was signed by the president of the Union, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the Union categorically rejected the “Salary.”
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According to him, the Shehu Shagari-led administration in 1981 established the principle of collective bargaining through the FGN-ASUU Agreement. This agreement was based on the Wages Boards and Industrial Council’s Decree No. 1 of 1973, the Trade Dispute Act (1976), the International Labor Organization’s Conventions 49 (1948), 91 (1950), 154 (1988), and recommendation 153 (1981), the Udoji Commission Report of 1974, and the Cookey Commission Report .
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The following is an excerpt from the official statement: “It also provided a platform for resolving such significant issues as special Salaries and Conditions of Service of University Staff, University Funding, roles of Pro Chancellors, Vice Chancellors, and National Universities Commission” (NUC). One of the most important results was the establishment of a specialised pay scale for university employees, which was given the name University Salary Structure (USS).
“At the beginning of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement on the 16th of March 2017, both the Federal Government and ASUU Teams agreed to be guided by the following principles as their terms of reference. These principles include the reversal of the decay that has occurred in the Nigerian University System in order to reposition it for its responsibilities in national development.
“Reversal of the brain drain, not only by enhancing the remuneration of academic staff, but also by disengaging them from the encumbrances of a unified civil service wage structure; (iii) Restoration of Nigerian Universities, through immediate, massive, and sustained financial intervention; and assuring genuine university autonomy and academic freedom. “Reversal of the brain drain, not only by enhancing the remuneration of academic staff, but also by disengaging them from
The stealthy move by the government to abandon the principle of collective bargaining, which is standard operating procedure everywhere else in the world, has the potential to cause psychological harm to university lecturers and to erode their loyalty to the educational system. This will, without a shadow of a doubt, be detrimental to Nigeria’s efforts to become a significant participant in the global knowledge industry.
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“It is a repudiation of government pronouncements on reversing “brain drain” for the government to reject a salary package that was arrived at through collective bargaining. It is common knowledge that Nigerian scholars, particularly in scarce fields like science and medicine, are migrating in droves to Europe, the United States, and many parts of Africa such as South Africa, Rwanda, and Ghana with supportive environments to ply their trades as well as competitive reward systems for intellectual efforts. This trend is more prevalent now than it was in the 1980s and 1990s. If this pattern continues, what do you think will happen to the public universities in Nigeria in the next five or ten years? Does the government of Nigeria even care?
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Osodeke stated that the federal government’s rejection of collective bargaining was done in bad faith. He also stated that it is a step backwards for a democratic government to abrogate the principle of collective bargaining after it has been implemented in the Nigerian University System for more than 40 years.
He continued by saying, “The Government is to blame for the ongoing strike action by ASUU, and it is the Government’s provocative indifference that has encouraged the strike to continue.” The first Draft Agreement was presented by the renegotiation committee led by Munzali Jibril in May 2021; however, the official response from the government did not come until approximately one year later! Again, the “Award” that was presented by the Team that was led by Nimi Briggs appeared on paper in a manner that could be interpreted as “take it or leave it.” There is not a single serious nation on earth that treats their scholars in such a manner.
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He bemoaned the fact that it was an unnecessary expenditure, a misappropriation of funds, and an outright theft of the community’s heritage.
“According to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), if the leakages in the management of the country’s resources are stopped, there will be more than enough to meet the nation’s revenue and expenditure targets without the need for an increase in taxes.
borrowing, thereby plunging the country into a debt crisis similar to the one that is currently occurring.
“Other significant recommendations for the funding of major components of the renegotiated 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement can be found in the New Draft of the Agreement.
“A tax on cellphones and other forms of communication lines is one of the recommendations that have been made. Ironically, the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning recently announced that it is ready to implement ASUU’s recommendation as a revenue source, but not for education. He added that this was done without acknowledging the Union.
In addition, the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) urged the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, to return to the New Draft Agreement of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Renegotiation Committee as a demonstration of good faith. This committee’s work spanned a total of five and a half years.
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On Thursday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities declared that it would not end its strike until its members’ salary arrears were paid.
In addition, the university lecturers declared that if the Federal Government did not pay for the “period of strike,” they would not resume teaching to make up for the six months they had been on strike.
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