Latest ASUU News On Resumption, ASUU Strike Update Today, 21st July 2022
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ASUU: NLC Speaks On Cancelling Nationwide Strike, Rejects Buhari’s Ultimatum
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has insisted that it would be carrying on with its planned nationwide strike to force the Federal Government to reach an agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the ongoing strike.
Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had described the planned strike as unlawful, accusing the NLC of being partisan.
This came a day after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Minister of Education and the Minister of Labour to resolve the lingering dispute within two weeks.
In an interview with The PUNCH, the Head, Information and Public Affairs, NLC, Benson Upah, in an interview with The PUNCH, said the government could resolve the lingering strike within three days if it were serious about the crisis.
He also insisted that the labour Union would go ahead with the nationwide protest.
He stated, “The public action is on the July 26th, and then the mega one is on (July) 27th. So, I mean, of what effect will two weeks have on that?
“I am saying that had the government asked the minister of education to solve this problem within two or three days, aha. But he is giving him two weeks, and two weeks will come after our protest must have taken place. Don’t you think so? So it’s like take charge of it.’’
He disclosed that despite the ultimatum given by President Buhari to the Minister of Education, nothing had happened to change the proposed rally.
He added, ‘’If the government wants to end this matter today, I assure you that they will be able to fix it in three hours. Remember when the airline operators planned to go on strike, and within hours there was an intervention; remember?
“The summary of what I want to tell you is that nothing has happened for us to change our proposed action. All I know is that we’re going on with our action.’’
Responding to the allegation that the protest was illegal, Upah pointed out that there is freedom of expression and protest within the ambit of the law that is guaranteed by the constitution.
He stated that ASUU is part of the unions that make up the NLC, adding that the federal government has failed to resolve issues with ASUU in the past six months.
“No political sentiment, we are guided purely by national interest. It should be of conscience to the minister of information that for the past six months, our children and wards have been out of school, and the collateral damage of that is simply inestimable; it is mind-boggling,” the NLC spokesman said.
ASUU Strike: NLC Fixes Date To Shut Down Nigeria With Massive Nationwide Protest
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has fixed July 26 and 27 to embark on a nationwide protest to force the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolve their issues and suspend the lingering strike.
ASUU had, on February 14, 2022, embarked on a strike over the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to implement agreements.
In a statement to journalists, NLC disclosed that the protest would take place in all 36 states and the FCT.
The statement reads, “In line with the decision of the National Executive Council, NEC meeting of the Nigerian Labour Congress held on 30th of June 2022, we have scheduled the National Days of Protest to get our children back to school and support our unions in Nigerians public universities fighting for quality education.
“Date, Tuesday 26th July 2022 and Wednesday 27th July 2022.
“Venue: At the state capitals of the Federation and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Take off points: NLC state secretariats and the Labour House Abuja”.
ASUU Strike: Lecturers Ready To Resume Work – Says Falana
Renowned human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana has said that public university lecturers are ready to end the lingering ASUU strike.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU due to some disagreement with the federal government, have embarked on an indefinite strike, leaving students to suffer the consequence of returning to their various homes.
ASUU leadership had met severally with representatives of the government, yet were unable to resolve their differences.
In a statement on Thursday, Falana said the varsity lecturers are more than ready to resume work but that the Federal Government should consider meeting their demands first.
Ngige Telling Buhari Lies – ASUU President Gives Update On Strike
The president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke has accused the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige of lying to President Muhammadu Buhari about the status of negotiations with the union.
Speaking on Thursday about the lingering ASUU strike during an appearance on Channels Television interview programme, Osodeke said Ngige must have been feeding the President fake information.
According to the ASUU president, if President Buhari had been getting the truth about the negotiations between the union and the government, he wouldn’t have issued the ‘enough is enough’ statement in which he charge the striking University lecturers to return to work.
Osodeke also stated that the figures the government is peddling as what ASUU is demanding are not true, stating that they didn’t give such figures during their negotiations.
Open A Realistic Negotiation With ASUU – Uzor Kalu Tells FG As Strike Continues
The Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Orji Uzor Kalu has lamented the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), calling for urgent action to resolve the issue.
Kalu in a personally signed statement on the matter said incessant strike encourages brain drain and contributes significantly to the poor quality of graduates in the Country.
He, therefore, urged the federal government to engage ASUU appropriately with a few to find a lasting solution to the strike action which has kept the doors of the nation’s public universities locked and the students at home since February 2022.
Kalu in his statement on Wednesday asked the federal government to implement the signed agreement with ASUU in the interest of the nation and the future of the students.
Bishop Kukah Speaks On Lingering ASUU Strike
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, has condemned the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The revered cleric stated it is highly unacceptable that students have been at home for four months, and the gates of Nigerian universities remain closed.
Kukah said it is quite sad that the strike has lasted this long and does not speak well of the democracy that the country practices.
The cleric said that democracy has always given the people a platform for negotiation, consensus and several other means for solving such issues that exist between the government and the authorities of the various universities.
Nigerians Should Tell You Enough Is Enough – ASUU Clapback At Buhari
The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) has reacted to the ‘enough is enough’ comment of President Muhammadu Buhari on its ongoing strike.
Buhari on Monday had charged lecturers who had been on strike since February 14 to return to their classrooms in the interest of their students.
The president stated this when he received some governors of the All Progressives Congress, lawmakers and other dignitaries in Daura, Katsina State.
The President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke while reacting to the president’s statements in a chat with The Nation on Tuesday said it is the union and Nigerians who voted for the leaders that should tell them enough is enough.
Osodeke condemned the government for not reaching out to the union leadership a month after concluding negotiations with the Nimi Briggs–led committee.
Ahmed Musa Reacts As Yul Edochie Slams Politicians Who Share Photos Of Children’s Graduation Abroad While ASUU Is On Strike
Nigerian footballer, Ahmed Musa has slammed politicians after Nollywood actor Yul Edochie asked a critical question online.
In a post shared on Instagram, Yul asked how public office holders feel when they visit their children abroad, take pictures in their schools and post online when ASUU is on strike.
According to Yul, politicians are running a system they don’t even believe in adding that how many people from the western world send their children to school in Nigeria.
He wrote: “To our political office holder whose children school abroad. How do you feel visit your children abroad, taking pictures in their schools and posting online while ASUU is on strike?
“Like seriously, how is it ok to you? You‘re running a system that you don’t even believe in. Show me one oyibo whose child is schooling in Nigeria. E no day touch unavailable. And when you return Nigerian youths will still gather and sing praises for una.”
Responding to the post, Ahmed Musa described the situation as a ‘shame’.
Enough Is Enough – Buhari Directs ASUU To Call Off Strike, Warns Of Consequences
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reconsider their position on the prolonged strike, expressing worry that the hiatus will have generational consequences on families, the educational system and the future development of the country.
Naija News reports that Buhari made this known on Monday in Daura, Katsina, when he received some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), legislators and political leaders at his residence.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President said the strike had already taken a toll on the psychology of parents, students and other stakeholders, throwing up many moral issues that already beg for attention.
He noted that the future of the country rests on the quality of educational institutions and education while assuring that the government understands their position, and negotiations should continue, with students in lecture halls.
Apostle Johnson Suleman warns Buhari govt Over ASUU Strike
Apostle Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries has cautioned the Federal Government over the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Suleman said the Federal Government risks karma as compensation.
In a tweet, Apostle Suleman wrote: “ASUU is still on strike! This govt should know this.
“Karma is not punishment but compensation for work well done! Continue!”
This was after they returned from a previous industrial action.
The latest strike was due to the Federal Government’s refusal to allow ASUU to use their own generated payment platform, University Transparency Accountability Solution, UTAS, among other demands.
Meanwhile, the body had said the ongoing strike may end any time soon.
Buhari govt threatened with court action
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has threatened President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
SERAP threatened to institute legal action against Buhari’s administration.
The body accused the Federal Government of violating the educational right of poor children in the country.
In a tweet, SERAP lamented that ASUU had been on strike while children of politicians attending private universities have been in school.
SERAP described such a scenario as a crime against humanity.
“BREAKING: The ASUU strike, which has kept poor children at home while the children of Nigeria’s politicians attend private schools, is a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY.
“We’re suing the Buhari administration over its violation of poor children’s rights to education and equal protection,” SERAP tweeted.
NLC moves to force FG, lecturers to resolve issues immediately
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), says it will embark on one-day nationwide protest to compel the Federal Government to find immediate resolutions to problems contending with education sector unions.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, who stated this during the opening of the Congress’ Central Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Thursday in Abuja, said the move was to call the attention of the Federal Government to resolve the lingering issues immediately.
Wabba expressed sadness over the closure of the country’s tertiary institutions due to unresolved labour disputes between the Federal Government and unions in education.
NAN reports that while the Federal Government continues to work on the demands of the unions, academic activities across all public universities, polytechnics and colleges of Education have been suspended
Wabba said: “You will recall that the last decision we took, we even went to the extent of writing to President Muhammadu Buhari, we gave a 21-day notice for them to converge a very high-powered meeting
“We demanded that the meeting should be chaired either by the Secretary of Government of the Federation (SGF), or the Chief of Staff to the President, for this issue to be resolved once and for all.
“That meeting was called, but from the reports that I have been receiving from all the unions in the education sector, progress has not been made.
“The timeline of three weeks that was given to the committees for all reports to be turned in, and for the government to be able to take a concrete decision, has not been met.”
The NLC president, however, alleged that there was reluctance by the Federal Government in addressing the issues.
“Therefore, the Central Working Committee has decided that there will be a one-day national protest.
“This is to call the attention of the government to resolve the issues immediately.
“We have also asked all our affiliates by the next one week to issue statements,” he said.
Strike: Our problem with ASUU – FG
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour and employment, Sunday gave insight into why no unions in the nation’s university system education were invited to last Thursday’s meeting.
FG stated that the meeting was to assess the progress made so far on addressing the few outstanding demands of the striking university workers, such as the contentious payment platform and the renegotiation of their conditions of service.
In a statement by Head, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, lamented that the combative and several unfounded allegations by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU against the government, particularly, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, saying, “all insinuations that the Ministry of Labour does not sympathize with the students, unions, and parents, of which the Minister is one, should be disabused.
It noted that “ASUU should know that we are arbitrators and conciliators. We cannot manufacture agreements. Regardless, we are not constrained from listening to the government side and pushing them to do their own bit as quickly as possible.”
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