Nigeria ASUU Strike: Latest on ASUU Strike today Friday, April 15 2022

Nigerian ASUU Strike 2022: Nigeria ASUU Strike Update

, Friday, April 15 2022 Go back to your students, FG tells striking varsity lecturers

The Federal Government has again urged members of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end their long-running strike and return to their students so that academic work at public universities can resume.

Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, made the appeal while interacting with journalists in his office on Thursday after receiving notice of his nomination by Sun Newspaper Publishing Limited for the award of ‘Public Service Icon 2021.’

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Ngige stated that the Federal Government would not relent in its efforts to resolve all industrial disputes in the university system, including those involving ASUU and other unions.

Everything in the December 2020 agreement was faithfully carried out, according to him, to the point where the Federal Government paid N92 billion from the 2021 budget to cover the revitalisation funds and Earned Academic Allowances/Earned Allowances for non-teaching staff.

The minister dismissed the NLC’s demand for a high-powered panel with the necessary mandate to resolve all disputes within 21 days, claiming that the President had already put in place his own high-powered team, which included his Chief of Staff, the Ministers of Labour, Education, Finance, Communication, and Digital Economy.

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In regards to the renegotiation of university lecturers’ terms of employment, Ngige stated that the renegotiation must be guided by the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) principle of ability to pay.

He recalled that the former renegotiation committee, led by Prof. Jubril Munzali, proposed a 200 percent increase in university workers’ emoluments, but the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, said it couldn’t afford it.

According to him, the university system and teaching hospitals consume two-thirds of all emoluments currently paid from the country’s national budget, implying that a raise for lecturers would result in an upward review of allied professionals’ salaries in the health sector, based on their various salary structures.

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“It’s pointless to give you percentages on paper if no one will pay.” Munzali calculated a percentage that would result in a 200 percent pay increase for university employees. The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Education, stated that they are unable to pay. The Ministry of Finance has stated that they are unable to pay. They approached me, and I told them there was nothing wrong with renegotiation because a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) could be renegotiated even after it was signed.


“Both ASUU and the Federal Government did not sign the document produced by Munzali. It’s merely a suggestion. The time limit for Manzali’s committee had passed. The Ministry of Education did not act in the way I had hoped. Despite the fact that the Minister was away, his lieutenants did nothing for five months, contrary to my expectations. Another committee, chaired by Prof. Nimi Briggs, has been formed by the minister. They’ve been hard at work, and I’ve given them six weeks to put together a proposal.

Ngige said NITDA informed him that the UTAS payment platform proposed by ASUU passed the user acceptability test but failed the integrity and credibility test, which is the bulwark against hacking.

“UTAS failed, according to NITDA.” We didn’t fail, according to ASUU. ASUU went on strike while we were talking. Faced with this disagreement between ASUU and NITDA, we’re talking to NITDA about bending over backwards so that UTAS and the government-certified IPPIS platform can shake hands. ASUU has returned to what I proposed to them after going on strike.

Ngige was described as a quintessential public servant by the management of the Sun newspaper, led by its Managing Director, Onuoha Ukeh, who began his contributions to national development as a staff member of the Ministry of Health, where he later retired at the management cadre.

He described himself as “an administrative czar and a nonconformist politician” who revolutionized the state during his thirty-four months as Governor of Anambra.

During his tenure as governor, Ngige transformed Awka into a befitting capital city, tarring all roads in the GRA Awka, dualizing Nnamdi Azikiwe Road, and installing streetlights. Under his administration, the Agu Awka power station received a large 60KVA sub-injector station to complement the Nibo Power Station. He established the Ngozika Housing Estate and implemented civil service reforms.

“He was one of the most visible senators in the 7th Senate, speaking out in favor of motions and bills that benefited Nigerians.” He challenged the bill and inspired other senators to find their voices when an anti-labor bill was smuggled into the Senate by the executive as a Private Member Bill and was almost scaling through to the third and final reading.”

He noted that, as Minister, Ngige restructured the Ministry of Labour and Employment and its agencies, achieving a peaceful industrial environment despite enormous national challenges.

“Through his labor diplomacy, the Ministry was able to resolve over 1700 industrial disputes through social dialogue, while also restoring Nigeria to the ILO’s governing board.”


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