ASUU Latest News On ASUU Strike Today, wednesday, 1st of June, 2022
The latest ASUU strike news for today, wednesday 1st of June 2022, can be seen below.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a Nigerian union of university academic staff, is currently on strike. The latest ASUU news has been complied
Dr. Muhammad Tukur Sani Jangebe, the Zamfara State Commissioner of Religious Affairs and Chief Imam of Muslims Foundation Jumu’at Mosque in Gusau, the state capital, has asked the Federal Government to act on the requests of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
This was declared by Sheikh Jangebe in Gusau while fielding queries from journalists.
According to him, the strike was wreaking havoc on the country’s whole teaching and learning system among students and instructors.
“The Federal Government should look into negotiating with ASUU and bringing back our children to their respective universities for them to continue with their studies.
“Everyone knows that the contribution teachers are giving to nation building can never be overemphasized and we are calling on the government to provide a mechanism to boost their morale,” he said.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities Joint Action Committee, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions have all stated that the Prof Nimi Briggs Committee is in talks with the unions.
Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the ASUU’s National President, claimed the union has been talking with the Briggs Committee over its demands since last week in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday.
After the Federal Government failed to meet some of ASUU’s demands, including the release of revitalization funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution payment platform, the union went on strike on February 14, 2022.
IDOMA VOICE recalls that on March 7, 2022, the Federal Government inaugurated a seven-man committee chaired by the Pro-Chancellor of Alex Ekweme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Prof Nimi Briggs.
The committee’s terms of reference, include liaising and consulting with relevant stakeholders to finalize the FG’s position on the issues in the draft proposed FGN/ASUU renegotiated agreement; renegotiating in realistic and workable terms the 2009 agreements with other university-based unions; and negotiating and recommend any other issue the committee deems relevant to reposition the Nati, include:
Osodeke said, “We are discussing with the Federal Government through the renegotiation team and we started last week.
“The negotiation is between ASUU and the Briggs Committee and the agreement should be negotiated quietly. When we reach an agreement, we will come to the press. We hope this approach/ negotiation will solve the problem so that by next week, we will brief Nigerians. Give us a little time.”
When asked if ASUU would call off the strike soon, Osodeke said, “We don’t know until we finish the negotiation.”
Following the conclusion of its two-week strike, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic (ASUP) has urged its members to return to work on Monday, May 30, 2022.
The union stated that it decided after making headway with the federal government on its objectives.
The government had met four of ASUP’s demands, according to a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Abdullahi Yalwa.
The decision to resume work was made to allow the federal government more time to meet the remaining five demands, according to the statement.
The statement reads: “The two weeks definite strike of the union will be rounding off on the 29th of May, 2022 as agreed by the emergency meeting of NEC.
“Consequently, the union is requesting
members to resume duties effective 30th of May, 2022 while hoping that government will take advantage of the window to address the five outstanding items.
Despite the non-payment of salary to its members, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has stated that it will continue to fight for a better university system.
Dr. Adeola Egbedokun, Chairman of the union’s branch at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, verified to The PUNCH on Friday that the Federal Government has not paid the wages of striking teachers since March 2022.
Dr. Egbedokun said, “The last time they paid us was February. Since March, they stopped paying the salaries.”
Another lecturer at the institution also confirmed the non-payment of the salaries.
Speaking further, Dr. Egbedokun said, “We’re used to it. The non-payment of salaries cannot break us.”
When asked about the next move of the union over the ongoing strike and the minimum wage arrears reportedly paid to the lecturers, the Chairman said that the wage arrears were statutory by the law and had nothing to do with their current agitations, saying, “If you observe, ASUU has not said anything about it, we decided not to, it is not the crux of our agitation.”
“What we’re expecting the government to do now is to come forward with a proposal, in response to the submitted renegotiated document, which has been with the government since May 2021. This time, we’re not signing or interested in any Memorandum or Agreement again. Let them come forward with a proposal in response to the renegotiated document, and let’s see how we can consider it.”
Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, said on Thursday that the union would not call off the strike if the federal government refused to meet their demands.
ASUU’s demands include renegotiation of the ASUU/FG 2009 agreement and the maintenance of university autonomy through the deployment of UTAS to replace the government’s “imposed” system (IPPIS).
The release of visitation panels’ reports to federal institutions, salary payment issues, financing for revitalization of public universities, earned academic allowance, insufficient funding of state universities, and promotion arrears are also among its demands.
Despite the federal government providing N34 billion for the payment of consequential adjustments for workers in the school sector, Osodeke stated on Thursday that the strike will not be called off.
He went on to say that the N34 billion released had nothing to do with their requests.
Osodeke also expressed sympathy for university students who have been affected by the union’s lengthy strike.
Students, according to Osodeke, are jeopardizing Nigeria’s future and educational system.
The ASUU president claimed that the students were not being punished, but rather paying the price for a good education in Nigeria.
ASUU: FG Agrees To Pay N34bn Minimum Wage Arrears
According to the Federal Government, it will spend almost N34 billion in arrears of Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments in the education sector, which will take effect in 2019.
According to NAN, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, stated that the move was aimed at resolving the sector’s persistent crisis.
On Tuesday in Abuja, Ngige told reporters about the long-running protest by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others.
Members of the striking ASUU and their equivalents in polytechnics and colleges of education, according to Ngige, benefited from the Minimum Wage Consequential Adjustments.
Universities would receive N23.5 billion, polytechnics N6 billion, and colleges of education N4 billion, bringing the total value to N33.5 billion, according to Ngige.
While providing an update on the current strike, the minister stated that during the most recent tripartite meeting of the government and university-based unions, committees were formed.
He claimed they had been given a fortnight to submit their report and that they were still working on it, with committee reports due by the end of the week.
“Those committees are working. The one on NITDA is testing the three platforms, the government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).
“Also the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) of ASUU and the Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) of the non-teaching staff.
ASUU/FG Faceoff: NANS threatens shutdown of major airports
If the standoff between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government continues, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Zone D has threatened to shut down key airports.
Mr. Adegboye Olatunji, the NANS South West Zone Coordinator, stated this in Abuja on Monday during a demonstration to the All Progressive Congress (APC) Secretariat in support of Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun’s bid for a second term.
Olatunji believes it is past time for all parties to work together to fix the issues that led to the strike, as students are the ones who are suffering.
“We are planning to block government organizations that generate money for them if the ASUU issue is not resolved.
“We have been protesting on this issue by occupying major roads in the South West but we believe if we ground airports, the government will do something about the strike,” he said.
Olantunji said that the student body had dissociated itself from Abiodun’s prosecution and disqualification from contesting the 2023 elections.
He said Abiodun’s education policy remained enviable in the South West region because he’s coming on board had helped in the resuscitation of some tertiary institutions in the state.
We Won’t Resume – ASUU Insists
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has insisted that its members won’t resume work despite the Federal Government’s payment of minimum wage arrears.
This [was contained in a circular by the University of Lagos branch of the union titled, ‘Payment of minimum wage arrears’.
The chairman of UNILAG ASUU, Dele Ashiru, confirmed the authenticity of the circular on Saturday.
Ashiru described the arrears payment as “long-overdue”, saying that the core demands of ASUU have not been met.
The circular read, “The leadership of our Branch has been inundated with calls concerning the recent payment of the long-overdue arrears of the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage.
“Our members are reminded that this is not one of the core demands upon which the ongoing strike action is premised.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the demands of our Union are the conclusion of the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, abrogation of the fraudulent and corrupt IPPIS scheme and the deployment of UTAS, payment of promotion arrears, the proliferation of State Universities and governance issues amongst others.