Comrade Issa Aremu, Director-General, Micheal Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies, MINILS, Ilorin, has called for an expanded meeting of the statutory National Labour Advisory Council, NLAC, to resume social dialogue on all issues in the ASUU/FG dispute.
The call follows street protests by the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, against the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, which has been on strike for three months.
The former Nigeria Labour Congress leader lamented that ASUU had been on strike for 50 months, almost five years, since the return to democratic rule in 1999, and that a strike by lecturers that lasted 18 months under former President Olusegun Obasanjo had thwarted students’ legitimate aspirations to complete their studies in record time.
Comrade Aremu urged both officials from the Education Ministry and ASUU to use the tripartite National Labour Advisory Council to suspend current hostilities and resume social dialogue so that students can return to class.
He urged all parties to resume talks in order to save the education sector, which had already been harmed by inadequate facilities, brain drain, and mismanagement of limited funds.
In his May Day speech, President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged the urgent need to resolve the crisis, according to Comrade Aremu.
He also expressed solidarity with students who are unable to attend school due to the ongoing labour dispute.
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The Federal Government’s re-negotiation committee with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions has submitted its interim report to the Ministry of Education.
The Education Ministry has already begun work on the report, according to Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige, who announced it yesterday.
However, public university employees affiliated with the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) announced that their ongoing warning strike has been extended indefinitely. In response to the government’s “No Work, No Pay” policy, the union declared a “No Pay, No Work” stance.
One of the demands of the four university-based unions is for the agreements to be renegotiated….
ASUU, SSANU (Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities), NASU (Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions), and NAAT (Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions), and NAAT (Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions) are
Non-deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, non-release of university revitalisation funds, non-payment of earned allowances for university teachers, and payment shortfalls due to the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System are among the other demands (IPPIS).
Prof. Emeritus Nimi Briggs, the pro-chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State, chairs the seven-member renegotiation committee.
ASUU, on the other hand, was not present when the committee was established on March 7, 2022. It had argued that rather than wasting time with the committee, the government should start implementing the existing pact.
ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke said the union was unaware the Briggs-led committee had submitted its report when contacted yesterday evening.
However, Ngige, who stated that talks to end the union strikes were ongoing, added that he would meet with either the SSANU or NASU leadership tomorrow. He didn’t say whether or not he contacted ASUU.
“Discussions are ongoing, not only with ASUU but with all of the other education unions,” the minister said. I’ll meet with either SSANU or NASU on Wednesday.
“I’m still waiting for the Education Ministry to send me the final report from the ad hoc committee we set up to look into the 2009 agreements’ condition of service.”
“Every education union should read this report.” The chairman informed me that an interim report had been submitted. The interim report is currently being worked on by the Ministry of Education.
I’ll contact the ministry to find out where they are because whatever they’re doing has been subjected to inter-agency committee work, which is the right thing to do.”
However, ASUU President Osodeke stated that the report would be of no use to university teachers if it did not explicitly state that the government should sign the renegotiated agreement from May of last year.
“Except the report says they (government) should sign the agreement, then fine,” he says. However, if they (the panel) have submitted something else, they do not want this issue (the strike) to be resolved because they have not had any meaningful discussions with us.
“They haven’t told us anything about the agreement (2021 renegotiated agreement).”
“They (the panel) summoned us for a meeting and informed us that they had met with a number of ministries, including the National Salaries, Incomes, and Wages Commission, and had a discussion with them and obtained their input.”
“We told them that wasn’t the problem. We’ve reached an agreement with a government-created team. That’s what we’ll pay attention to.
“The President requested that the Minister of Labour and Employment convene a committee, and if you are demanding what you have from ministries, that is not part of our discussions.”
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:”So, if they submit anything that differs from what we agreed to without informing us, it is worthless.”
NAAT also announced yesterday that universities’ laboratories, workshops, farms, and other facilities would remain closed until the government paid its members’ salaries.
Ibeji Nwokoma, the president of the NAAT, urged members of the union not to be discouraged by the government’s “divide and rule” tactics.
“Today (yesterday), our Union and ASUU were singled out for the implementation of the “No Work, No Pay” policy,” Nwokoma said.
“Comrades, in this trying time, your President and indeed the National Leadership stand with you. Our strike is legal and follows all rules and regulations.
“As a result, we adhere to the principle of “No pay, No work.” This government’s divide-and-rule strategy will not work. Rest assured that with every dime paid before or upon resumption of work, we will emerge better, stronger..
UNIBEN students protest as ASUU Strike Nigeria enters day 80
The University of Benin (UNIBEN) students have taken to the streets to protest the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, which has now entered its 80th day.
Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that students from the institution blocked the Benin-Lagos Expressway, the school gate, and the Ring Road.
The protest caused hours of gridlock on the highway, forcing many motorists to avoid it and forcing those heading to the state capital to take alternate routes.
Hundreds of students gathered at the campus entrance, chanting solidarity songs and holding placards with slogans such as ‘FG settle ASUU,’ ‘Enough is Enough,’ and ‘End ASUU strike.’
The students also persevered in the face of the torrential rain.
According to reports, students blocked the busy Benin/Lagos highway in February to show support for members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
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