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President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has ordered Malam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, to end the strike that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions are currently on.
Due to what they claim is the federal government’s inability to accept their demands, ASUU went on strike on February 14 and was soon supported by other unions.
Buhari gave the order on Tuesday after hearing from the government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) working to end the standoff with the university unions.
The president summoned them to learn more about why the strike had continued for too long.
Following the briefing on Tuesday, the President gave the education minister an order to see that the points of contention were resolved within two weeks and to report back to him.
Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, was required to attend all sessions to resolve the situation, per Buhari’s directive.
The sources further stated that the team interacting with the striking unions should include Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
Malam Adamu, the minister of education, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget, and national planning, Senator Ngige, Isa Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, the chairman of the national salaries income and wages commission, Ekpo Nta, and Ben Akabueze, the director-general of the budget office, were all present at the meeting.
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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has announced that it will join other unions, including those in Nigeria’s public colleges, in a statewide demonstration on July 26 and 27.
This was stated in a circular that the NLC President and the Congress’ General Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel Ugboaja, jointly signed on Sunday in Abuja.
The NLC State Council Chairpersons and Secretaries were the intended recipients of the July 15th circular.
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Buhari’s boys are working seriously to sabotage all attempts to secure excellent education for Nigerian youths.
The Ejes Gist Newspaper has learned that the situation between the Federal Government and the striking university professors in Nigeria has gotten worse.
Our reporter was informed by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities that the Federal Government was “sabotaging attempts to secure excellent education for Nigerian youths.”
The academics also vented their ire over remarks made by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, and the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
The Ejes Gist Newspaper had previously reported that the Federal Government had not complied with some of ASUU‘s demands, including the release of revitalization funds and earned allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, and implementation of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution. As a result, ASUU began its ongoing strike on February 14.
“Truly, enough is enough for keeping pupils at home,” Buhari declared in a statement released by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
Ngige, for his part, claimed that there was no CBA between the FG and ASUU that the President was waiting to sign in a statement on Wednesday. He accused Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President of ASUU, of spreading false information.
On Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, Osodeke criticized Ngige for his “insulting” remarks when she was a guest.
Professor Nimi Briggs, Senator Chris Adighije, and Professor Olu Obafemi have all had their character completely insulted by what the minister of labour has done. Osodeke
He claimed that the minister was abusive toward his colleagues and even the minister of education rather than trying to find a solution.
Additionally, Osodoke charged the minister with distributing false information.
Unfortunately, we have reached a point where our kids are crying at home while the minister of labour is busy spreading false information and misleading the public to damage ASUU’s reputation, the professor continued.
The ASUU president responded to Buhari’s remark by saying, “I do not understand why Mr. President claimed that ‘enough is enough,’ since we are not the ones holding up the students at home.
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“We have concluded the negotiations with the team the Federal Government deployed to negotiate with us. We are hearing this now rather than being informed of the meeting’s results.
He questioned, “What does this mean if you set up a committee to negotiate on your behalf, and the committee has completed its work and presented the documentation to you to sign, and then you decided enough is enough?
The Federal Government established the Prof. Nimi Briggs-led negotiation committee on June 7 to rewrite the 2009 Agreement with ASUU and to deliver its findings to the Education Minister, Mallam Adamu Adamu, in three months.
To finalize the Federal Government’s position on the problems in the draught proposed FGN/ASUU Renegotiated Agreement, the Briggs-led committee is expected to analyze the draught proposed FGN/ASUU Agreement and confer with pertinent parties.
Additionally, it must negotiate and recommend any other matter the Committee deems pertinent to reposition the NUC for global competitiveness; it must also submit proposed draught agreements within three months of the date of inauguration. The 2009 Agreements with other university-based unions must also be renegotiated in realistic and workable terms.
Brigs, Pro-Chancellor of Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi, serves as the committee’s chair.
Lawrence Patrick Ngbale, pro-chancellor of the Federal University in Wukari, who represents the North East; Funmi Togunu-Bickersteth, pro-chancellor of the Federal University in Birnin Kebbi, who represents the South West; and Chris Adighije, pro-chancellor of the Federal University in Lokoja, who represents the South East, are the other members.
Pro-Chancellor Olu Obafemi of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Zubairu Iliyasu of the Kano State University of Science & Technology, who represents the North West, and Pro-Chancellor Mathew Seiyefa of the Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, who represents the South-South are also members of the team.
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