Latest ASUU News On Resumption, ASUU Strike Update Today, 6th July 2022
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Latest ASUU News On Resumption 6th July 2022
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 contending issues 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 sympathise 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.”
FG Reveals When ASUU Strike Will Be Called Off
FG has revealed when the ASUU strike will be called off. Newsone reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria on Wednesday, June 22, said the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities would soon be called off.
ASUU latest news on resumption
We’re not beggars, hunger won’t force us to resume, ASUU tells FG
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said its members are not beggars and the stoppage of their salaries by the government won’t force them to call off their strike.
The leadership of the union also commended the members for keeping faith with the union despite the hardship imposed on their families as a result of the No-Work-No-Pay directive of the Federal Government.
Following the failure of the government to meet some lingering demands of the union, ASUU on February 14, 2022, announced a one-month warning strike, followed by another eight-week strike before it eventually commenced its indefinite strike.
The continued strike led to the imposition of No-Work-No-Pay by the Federal Government. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the directive was in compliance with Section 43 of the Labour Law.
Though some of the demands by the union are still undergoing negotiations, the ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, expressed optimism that the union was on the threshold of victory. He however noted that the resolve of the union forced the government to engage in negotiations.
ASUU Strike Unnecessary, Says JAMB Registrar
ASUU strike: Pass no-confidence vote in Buhari, HURIWA tells NASS
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, has called on the National Assembly to pass a vote of no confidence on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
According to the group, the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, which began on February 14, has endangered the security of the country with students being out of classrooms.
This was contained in a statement signed by the National Coordinator, HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, on Wednesday, which noted that students could have been recruited to commit crimes such as terrorism, banditry, Internet fraud, prostitution, and drug trafficking.
The statement read in part, “We call on the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari for letting the ASUU strike linger thereby endangering national security. Everyone knows an idle hand is the devil’s workshop. This is why it is not imaginable that some undergraduate youths would have gone into sophisticated crimes such as kidnappings, cultism, terrorism, and drug trafficking, amongst others.
“The government’s inability to resolve the industrial crisis in the public universities whereby over 70 per cent of youths attend because they are from poor backgrounds is a direct declaration of war on the youths.
“HURIWA, therefore, urged the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to be a man now that he couldn’t get his promised presidential candidacy from the cabal in Aso Rock. He should do the needful and etch his name on the sands of time by impeaching the President.”
ASUU strike: NANS seeks swift resolution
The Coordinator of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone B, Ekanem Utibe, has urged the Federal Government to accede to the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and ensure students return to school.
He spoke during a protest in Akwa Ibom. Utibe urged both parties to swiftly settle their differences and ensure students do not suffer for long.
He noted that if the strike persists, students would be left with no option but to occupy the critical sectors of government agencies.
” It is sad that students are being delayed. A course of four years extends beyond the normal duration. This also results in paying house rent for a longer period of time, getting old and not being able to go for National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) programme; inability to get a job upon graduation, among others,” he said.
Strike: ASUU issue more complicated than Nigerians think —FG
THE Federal Government said, yesterday, that the issue concerning the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and three other university-based unions was not as simple as people think. It also approved the establishment of e-learning centres for primary schools across the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
Minister of information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the virtual Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Strike: We’re waiting to hear from FG, says ASUU
The striking Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it is awaiting the response of the Federal Government on its demands.
Newsone had reported that the Federal Government’s renegotiation committee headed by Prof. Nimi Briggs met with ASUU leadership on Monday in continuation of the renegotiation of the FGN-ASUU 2009 agreements with the four university unions, which are all currently on strike.
The President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, told our correspondent that the meeting was fair, saying they were expecting the government to respond to the issues they discussed with the committee.
When asked if ASUU would call the strike off soon since it had a fair deliberation with Briggs committee, Osodeke said, ‘‘I don’t know if we are calling off the strike soon. We are waiting for the final response from the government.
“It is a committee of different government agencies. They need to go back to their principal and look at what we agreed on and then get back to us. When they respond to us, we will give you full details.”
He revealed that University Transparency and Accountability Solution is still undergoing test by National Information Technology Development Agency, adding that ASUU has had three meetings with the Federal Government’s committee.
Osodeke also said there was no new invitation from the committee.
He said, “They will call us when they are ready for another meeting, but none for now. We have had about three meetings with them.’’
Strike: ASUU to sanction non-complying chapters
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to query universities that have failed to comply with its decision to remain on strike while negotiations with the Federal Government continue.
ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja.
Newsone recalls that ASUU had been on strike for the past five months to press home its demands.
The striking lecturers’ demands include funding of the revitalisation of public universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution and promotion arrears.
Others are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.
NAN, however, reports that since the union embarked on strike, some of its members have pulled out of the ongoing strike to resume their academic activities.
But Osodeke said, “We will punish those who have pulled out from our ongoing strike the appropriate way.
“We will ensure we query them and we will follow it up the appropriate way. We have even queried some of them in accordance with the union’s rules.”
Drama As ASUU President Rejects N50m Intervention To End Strike
There was a mild drama when the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) rejected Berekete Family radio’s intervention to end the ongoing strike.
ASUU has been on strike since February and all efforts to make lecturers return to the classrooms have not yielded results.
On Saturday morning, host of the radio programme, Ahmad Isah, popularly known as Ordinary President, invited ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, and his team, to explain to Nigerians the perennial problems and state why the union is still on strike.
Isah also said he had set up a special intervention bank account domiciled in TAJ Bank to raise funds for the union, with a view to ending the strike.
Apparently to convince ASUU to buy into the idea of the intervention, Isah publicly showed the N50 million cash donated by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State.
Immediately the money was displayed, ASUU President frowned at the development, saying they should not be associated with such.
At that point, Isah threatened to discontinue the intervention and many Nigerians who phoned in during the programme described ASUU as ”insensitive”.
Latest ASUU News On Resumption 6th July 2022
Government has suspended ASUU, SSANU, NASU, ASUP over ongoing strike.
Flippstack reports that the Edo State Government on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, suspended union activities in all state-owned tertiary institutions of higher learning in the state.
This online news platform understands that the decision was Peeved by Tuesday’s protest in Benin by students of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other unions.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Osarodion Ogie after a State Executive Council meeting in Benin sighted by Flippstack Nigeria, listed the affected unions as ASUU, Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Non-Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and all allied unions in state-owned tertiary institutions.
The statement noted, “By this notice, academic activities are to resume in all state-owned institutions and all cadre of staff are directed to report to their duty posts immediately.
NLC Urges FG To End Strike By ASUU, Other
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government to end the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other university-based unions.
The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, made the call in his contributions to the report of the Director-General, International Labour Organisation, during the 110th International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
The conference which opened on Tuesday has the theme: “Social justice, decent work”.
According to Wabba, the NLC has written to the Federal Government on how to end the universities’ workers’ strike.
“We call on the government to bring this strike to an end without further delay,” he said.
Varsity unions, FG renegotiation committee sitting ends today
The university unions’ and Federal Government renegotiation committee sitting will end today.
The Federal Government on March 7, 2022, inaugurated a seven-person committee tasked with the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the other three unions including, The Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and The National Association of Academic Technologists.
The committee which was chaired by Pro-Chancellor, Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs was given three months to conclude the renegotiation with ASUU and other unions.
According to ASUU and SSANU national presidents, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke and Mr Mohammed Ibrahim respectively, the Briggs committee has been meeting with the various unions since May 2022 to renegotiate their agreements.
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