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.
NANS STAGED A NATIONWIDE PROTEST.
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.
LABARAI DA DUMI-DUMI, ASUU ta sake sunduma yajin aiki na wata ɗaya a Najeriya
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.
ASUU to embark on fresh indefinite strike, Soon
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it would soon embark on an indefinite strike to press home their demands.
Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, Chiarman of the University of Jos chapter of the Union, disclosed this in a statement in Jos.
It could be recall that, the union suspended a nine-month-old industrial action in December 2020.
NAN reports that ASUU embarked on an earlier strike over the failure of Federal Government to address all the issues raised in the 2009 agreement it entered with the union.
Maigoro, who described the Federal Government as an “unfaithful spouse”, said the union would not relent until the standard of education is uplifted in the country.
The government’s pattern of response to issues is that of a serial promise breaker.
“Like an unfaithful spouse, they are unable to match their words with action which is affecting the education sector negatively.
He maintain that, the Union are tired of their deceit and it is time for us to take action and so we want to inform Nigerians that we are tired of fruitless meetings with the Minister of Labour, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, the Chief of Staff to the President, among others.
According to him, If they ever want us to listen to them, they should first of all act on the promises they have already made.
The chairman wondered why government had continued to defend the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) a system, he said, has been thrashed by the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation.
Maigoro maintained that the demands of the union are not personal, but a conscious effort aimed at uplifting the standard of university education in the country.
He added that over the years, the union had engaged government over all the issues and it promised immediate implementation, but nothing has been done till date. In the light of this, we want Nigerians to know that we are no longer interested in the promises of an unfaithful philandering spouse.r
The Union resolved to proceed on an indefinite and comprehensive strike until fidelity returns to our relationship with the government and our demands are met; We are tired of going the back and forth.
This Brownian motion must stop! We are determined to end the dubious pronouncements by government claiming commitment to sound university education and fidelity to collective agreement.
Trust has been destroyed by government. It is up to them to retrieve it to avert any strike. On our part, we are ready for any action and our readiness is now,” he said.
Maigoro said that the union appreciates the interest demonstrated by the Nigerian Inter-religion Council (NIREC) with a view to resolving the current impasse, but regretted that it would not yield any positive result.
He appealed to students, parents and Nigerians to understand and support the union in its bid to salvage the education system from total collapse.
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