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ASUU drops strike as NITDA approves UTAS for members salaries

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday resolved to put on hold its decision on strike. The varsity teachers’ union took stand to give room for further consultations and after receiving reports from its branches.

According to the union, the decision was taken after a December 18 meeting to review the level of government’s implementation of the FGN-ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) of December 23, last year and other related matters.

In a statement issued after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, ASUU welcomed the recommendation of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) that the payment platform – University Transparency and Accountability Solution  (UTAS) developed by the university lecturers be deployed in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

ASUU National President Prof Emmanuel Osodeke said areas highlighted by NITDA in its report would be addressed.

Prof. Osodeke referred to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS), engineered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank as evil, stressing that the continuous use of the IPPIS had created distortions in the payment lecturers’ salaries.

He wondered  why it took more than one year to get  the  needed feedback on the home-grown solution – UTAS – at  a  time  Nigeria  is  yearning for  “local  content”.

He said: “NEC  is  pleased  that  the  end-user  evaluation  report overwhelmingly  endorses  UTAS  for  immediate  deployment  by  government  for Nigerian  universities.  On  our  part,  ASUU  is  fully  prepared  to  address  all  the technical  observations  made  by  NITDA  in  order  to  make  this  happen.

“Our  hope is  that  the  National  Universities  Commission  (NUC)  and  other  agencies  of government  would  promptly  respond  to  issues  that  concern  them  in  the NITDA’s  report  to  pave  way  for  speedy  migration  to  UTAS  and  spare  Nigerian universities  of  the evil  effects  of  the  IMF/World  Bank-engineered  IPPIS.”

The varsity teachers regretted that the Federal Government had turned its back on the plan to set up an inter-ministerial committee to review the draft Renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement.

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NANS STAGED A NATIONWIDE PROTEST.

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Members of the joint campus committee JCC, in Adamawa state have Staged a protest blocking the main entrance to the state capital from the Hayin Gada axis of Girei local government area of the state.

The chairman, joint campus committee, Adamawa axis, Comrade Anasam Ishaya Maspalma told Newsmen, that the protest was a result of the inability of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the federal government to reach a compromise so that the ongoing strike action by the can be called off.

Comrade Anasam Ishaya Maspalma, said students are the ones at the receiving end, saying during strike actions, they are often tempted to indulge in social vices.

“ this time around the students are standing up for their rights to say enough is enough. Let FG and ASUU settle their differences and call us back to our campuses”

He said landlords do not care about the hardship strikes put parents and students in, as such, they are not concerned whether students occupied their rented apartments for the session being paid for or not, adding that they only care about rent payment and this is yet another burden to both parents and some self-sponsored students.

“ There is no refund of money after payment and all of those things,so we are standing on our rights to say we deserve better, education is a right, not privilege”

He added that each time Asuu is on strike, it affects the students, especially in terms of securing jobs as a result of the age factor.

“ This process is not a day thing, we will continue with this process until something is been done”

The Academic Staff of Universities Union (ASUU) and the Federal Government of Nigeria are in conflict over funding of the Nigerian Universities, better working condition among other ASUU demands.

As part of the resolution of its supreme organ during its meeting at Sokoto State University, the National Association of Nigerian Students NANS had threatened to shut down Nigeria, if the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) failed to resolve their differences, to allow students to go back to school to continue their academic programs.

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LABARAI DA DUMI-DUMI, ASUU ta sake sunduma yajin aiki na wata ɗaya a Najeriya

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Kungiyar malaman jami’a a Najeriya ta Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ta ayyana shiga yajin aiki na sati huɗu a matsayin gargaɗi ga gwamnatin tarayyar ƙasar.

Shugaban ASUU, Farfesa. Emmanuel Victor Osodeke, ne ya bayyana hakan yayin wani taron manema labarai a yau Litinin bayan wata ganawa da majalisar zartarwar ƙungiyar ta yi ta tsawon kwana biyu.

Shugaban ƙungiyar reshen Jami’ar Kimiyya da Fasaha ta Wudil, Kano ya ce shugabannin ƙungiyar na jihohoi na kan hanyarsu ta komawa don sanar da ƙungiyoyin nasu halin da ake ciki.

Tun a ranar Asabar ne shugabannin ASUU suka fara ganawa a Jami’ar Legas (UNILAG) don cimma matsaya kan abin da suka kira “saɓa alƙawari na gwamnatin tarayya” ƙarƙashin Shugaba Muhammadu Buhari.

Malaman jami’ar da suka dakatar da aiki tsawon wata tara a 2020, sun sha kokawa kan halin da ilimi ke ciki a Najeriya, ciki har da maganar albashinsu da sauransu.

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JUST IN: ASUU declares indefinite nationwide strike.

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The National Executive Committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has ended its two-day meeting at the University of Lagos, Akoka, with a final decision to proceed on an indefinite strike for a period of one-Month.

The strike takes effect from Monday, February 14, 2022.

ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, who announce the development, said the strike was against their wish but they had to put the interest of the union first.

He said, ” I announce to you with a heavy heart the commencement of a nationwide strike starting from 14th February till our needs are met.

The union had expressed grievances over the failure of the Federal Government to fulfill some of the agreements it made as far back as 2009. ASUU had on November 15, 2021 given the Federal Government a three-week ultimatum over the failure to meet the demands.

The lecturers threatened to embark on another round of industrial action following the alleged “government’s unfaithfulness” in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union, leading to the suspension of the 2020 strike action.

After the union’s National Executive Council meeting at the University of Abuja on November 13 and 14, ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, lamented that despite meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on October 14, 2021, on issues, including funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution, promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, and the inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system payment, none of its demands had been met.

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