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ASUU strike: EKSU resumes academic activities

Ekiti State University in Ado-Ekiti (EKSU) has announced that academic activities would resume on Tuesday, May 24.

Bode Olofinmuagun, Director of Information and Corporate Affairs issued a statement to that effect on Monday.

The decision to resume was taken at a meeting on Monday

Olofinmuagun disclosed that it discussed the impact of the ongoing strike by all the four staff unions.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commenced an industrial action since February.

EKSU’s spokesman said the management was concerned about the pains experienced by students and parents.

He explained that one academic session (2021/2022) of admission is still outstanding, while the 2020/2021 second semester is yet to be concluded.

“Moreover, the admission process for the 2022/2023 academic session will commence soonest,” he said.

The statement added that the school management decided to reopen in the interest of students, parents, guardians, society and its survival.

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NASU to FG: Our strike far from over

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has said its strike action is still in full force, contrary to speculations that it intends to suspend it soon.

Peters Adeyemi, NASU’s General Secretary confirmed the position in a statement on Monday, in Abuja, noting that the union will be meeting on Tuesday, in the nation’s capital to consult with its members on the state of the strike.

He, however, hinted that the Federal Government has begun paying NASU members the arrears of the consequential adjustment of the national minimum wage, though not all members have received the payment so far.

According to Adeyemi, no other financial commitment made to the unions has been actionized except the consequential adjustment of the minimum wage, saying the payment is not enough for the striking workers to suspend the ongoing industrial action.

His words, “There are seven demands which we have gotten the commitment of the government to implement. There are six outstanding items yet to be acted upon. We cannot be because of the ongoing payment which is yet to be concluded to be talking about suspension of the strike. However, we are consulting with our members.

” A consultation meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday. But it is very naïve and mischievous for anyone to start saying we are planning to suspend the strike. I read in a section of the media that reported that we are planning to suspend the strike on Tuesday. Whoever reports that is a paid agent of the Federal Government. Let me use this opportunity to debunk the report”.

While repudiating the report further, Adeyemi revealed that NASU can not take a unilateral decision to suspend a strike that is being prosecuted under the auspices of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of both NASU and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).

He added, “There are four unions in the universities and inter-university centres that are involved in this struggle. How can any reporter claim that NASU is meeting to suspend the strike? There is no way NASU can suspend the strike when SSANU is clamouring for an extension of the strike by another one month to allow the government to address our grievances.”

Adeyemi also denied knowledge of another meeting with the Federal Government on the crisis, saying the first meeting was more on concerns of ASUU.

”Indeed, the meeting mandated NITDA to conclude its integrity test for the alternative salary payment platforms proposed by ASUU and the non-teaching unions and report back. The Salary, Income and Wages Commission was told to look at the salary structure and report back to the meeting” he explained.

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School feeding caterers strike bites in Ashanti region

In the Ashanti region, some pupils in basic schools have not been fed since the start of the industrial action by caterers of the School Feeding program.

This has affected attendance in some schools.

LuvNews checks reveal the caterers at the Ayigya M/A school located in the Asokore Mampong municipality have not been at post since school reopening.

The school has a little above 1,500, with primary school pupils forming a majority.

The primary pupils in the school had hoped to be fed at school but were disappointed as their caterer did not come to work.

School feeding caterers strike bites in Ashanti region

Many of the pupils are attracted to School because of the feeding programme.

In the past few days, the school has recorded low attendance.

A number of the pupils at the school’s kindergarten have not been attending school since reopening, mainly stemming from the industrial action by the caterers.

Those who come to school have had to manage with the bit of pocket money from their guardians to buy food.

The situation here is no different at the State Experimental cluster of schools.

The kitchen for the School was locked up with only cooking utensils sitting under the sooted shed.

Officials at the School told LuvNews that the pupils have been requesting when they will be fed. 

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NANS begs Atiku, Tinubu, others to raise money for ASUU demands

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has appealed to all presidential aspirants, including the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to come to the aid of Nigerian students.

The students have urged the politicians to help raise funds to settle the demands of the striking university lecturers, who extended their industrial action for another three months.

The students’ body made the appeal in a statement signed by the Chairman, Ogun State Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Kehinde Damilola Simeon.

Recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had embarked on the strike action and vowed to continue extending the same until the Federal Government accedes to its demands.

The union is demanding the revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution for payment of university lecturers.

The statement said the students decided to make the appeal to the politicians and foremost aspirants following the failure of the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU despite many dialogues.

NANS urged all presidential aspirants to come to the aid of Nigerian students to ensure that public universities are reopened, insisting that if the politicians can afford the exorbitant cost of nomination forms, they can afford to rescue Nigerian students.

“All the Presidential aspirants, especially those from the ruling APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must rise up and come to the rescue of Nigerian students.

“If truly the aspirants mean well for Nigerians as they are claiming and if they have the love of Nigerian students at heart, they should raise the fund to meet the demands of ASUU since the Federal government has failed woefully in its commitment to improving the education sector.

“Today in Nigeria, both university and polytechnic education is paralysed due to the ongoing strike actions by both members of ASUU and ASUP. It is very unfortunate and unacceptable.

“Nigerian students hereby call on the presidential aspirant, in the spirit of patriotism and in the interest of development to rally around Nigerian students.

“All of these aspirants paid huge amounts of money to procure their nomination forms, so donating funds to rescue the tertiary education in Nigeria should not be too difficult for them,” it said.

“It is only by doing this, that Nigerian students and Nigerians, in general, will respect and show support for their ambitions”.

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ASUU told to continue strike as Accountant General allegedly steals N80bn

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has been urged to continue its ongoing industrial action.

Reno Omokri, a former media aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, said ASUU should continue with the strike following the alleged stealing of N80 billion from the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had arrested Idris over alleged N80 billion fraud.

EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, confirmed Idris’s arrest on Monday.

He was arrested after he failed to honour invitations by the EFCC.

The anti-graft agency stated that Idris allegedly diverted funds and laundered N80billion.

Reacting to the development, Omokri said ASUU should demand that President Muhammadu Buhari recover the N80 billion and use it to meet their demands.

In a tweet, Omokri wrote: “Dear ASUU,

“If the Accountant General of the Federation can steal ₦80 billion, you have no reason to end your strike.

“Ask Buhari to use the stolen ₦80 billion to pay you and keep the change. After all, the money ASUU is asking for is not even up to ₦80 billion!”

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We need more human resource at the National Development Planning Commission – Chairperson

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) Chairperson has expressed concerns about the lack of sufficient human personnel to execute its aims and objectives.

Dr Kodjo Esseim Mensah-Abrampa said the situation affects the Commission in the execution of its mandate.

In an exclusive interview with Benjamin Akakpo on the AM Show on Monday, he stated that even though his outfit requires more human capital, it is confronted with the challenges of recruitment in the public sector.

“The challenge we are facing, and I must be frank with ourselves, has to do with the capacity of NDPC itself. Much as we have very good technical people here who’re doing the work, we need more to be able to accommodate the kind of work that we are doing.

“Coordination which was quite a bit of hedgy, in fact a bit of weak, two years, three years ago, and we’re tightening that, because that is important for avoiding duplication, for avoiding redundancy, you need to tighten coordination. And in doing that we needed expertise”, he stated.

He also added that for employment in the public sector, “you need to go through the whole process; technical clearance, financial clearance and therefore the tightening of the budget affects us, in term of clearance.

“So we’re still being challenged in some of those areas. One of it has to do in the area of organisation. We realise two years ago that we didn’t have an urban expert here, who could take up the issue of urbanisation”.

Mensah-Abrampa revealed that owing to the absence of an urban expert at the Commission, the Commission had to rely on experts at the Land Use and Planning Authority and personnel from local government authorities, at a time when the Commission was approaching the global world forum for urbanisation.

This, he said, affected coordination and, therefore, called for the challenge to be resolved.

The comments by the NDPC boss comes at in the wake of recent tensions between civil servants and government, over the the failure of the latter to pay the neutrality allowances of the civil servants.

Therefore, the aggrieved civil servants embark on a strike to register their dissatisfaction.

The members of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) are to return to work today after calling off its three-strike over the payment of neutrality allowance.

CLOGSAG laid down its tools on Thursday, April 21, following the inability of government to pay the neutrality allowance as agreed in January this year.

The strike compelled work at the various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to ground to a halt.

Even though Ghanaians criticised the workers for their decision to strike over such an allowance, they insisted it was necessary.

However, the Association called off the three-week strike on Thursday, May 12.

At a press conference on Thursday, Isaac Bampoe-Addo, the Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, said the decision to step down from the industrial action followed a decision taken by its National Executive Council after an agreement was reached government.

“At its meeting held on Thursday, May 12, 2022, the National Executive Council of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) decided to call off the nationwide strike by its members.

“The rationale to step down the industrial action was based on the demand from the Ministry of Finance to direct the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to effect payment of the agreed allowance, has been met on May 11, 2022.”

Meanwhile, government has said it will implement all agreements in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association.

It has, however, dropped the controversial Neutrality Allowance.

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Strike: Minister reveals why ASUU, FG are yet to reach agreement

 

Nigeria’s Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has explained why the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government are yet to reach an agreement regarding the lingering industrial action.

 

ASUU on Monday resolved to continue its ongoing nationwide strike for another three months.

 

The strike started on February 14, 2022, after several reconciliation meetings between both parties proved abortive.

 

Speaking in Ilorin at a press conference to herald a year-long activity to mark the 40years anniversary of the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS), Keyamo, who was represented by the Director-General of MINILS, Comrade Isa Aremu, said the issue had to do with two dispute of rights and interests.

 

According to him, the ASUU strike had turned into strife that had worsened the education sector in Nigeria.

 

He said, “Labour disputes are highly technical issues and need the relevant technical requirements and knowledge to interrogate.

 

“The issue here are two, dispute of rights and dispute of interests. Among the demands of ASUU is the issue of stagnant payment, which I also fully support. In fact, it is embarrassing for a Prof to be receiving N350,000 as a monthly salary, although the minimum wage should only be for the rock bottom workers. These are issues of right.

 

“The real conflict is between ASUU and the Ministry of Education. Issues of funding and other agitations are disputes of interest which need a different approach, not to go on strike. Even if you go on strike over a dispute of rights, how long can that last is another question.

 

“Strike is a temporary stoppage of work, but when you go on strike for 22 months and you shut down the system, that has become a strife.”

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Government drops neutrality allowance; sets up committee to consider CLOGSAG’s demand for better service conditions

Government has decided to implement all agreements in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG).

It has, however, dropped the controversial Neutrality Allowance.

Speaking in an interview with JoyNews after the Association called off its industrial action on Thursday, a Deputy Finance Minister, Abena Osei-Asare, said beginning January, 2023, all agreements will be honoured in the quest to improve the conditions of service for CLOGSAG members.

“Government has reached an agreement with CLOGSAG and we will go ahead to implement everything that has been stipulated in the MoU. We don’t have the Neutrality Allowance as I speak with you.

“But all the other issues that have been raised in the MoU, government will make sure it fulfils its part of it and then make sure that whatever it is, we’ll implement their conditions of service in January, 2023 as stipulated in the MoU,” she said.

The Atiwa East legislator stated that a committee has been set up to look into conditions of service for the group for subsequent consideration and implementation.

“All the other unions do have conditions of service but CLOGSAG hasn’t gotten one and that is important to them. So, that is what we have set up a committee to look at and make sure that they complete it before we send the 2023 budget to Parliament in November.

“It includes almost everything they talk about, including their allowances and all the other things. We hope that with the support we have received now, all the stakeholders involved will work and make sure we meet the deadline, so that we can take to Parliament for implementation to begin in January, 2023.”

Members of CLOGSAG have been directed to resume work on Monday, May 16, 2022.

The group called off its strike following a decision taken by its National Executive Council over an agreement that was reached with the government.

“At its meeting held on Thursday 12th May, 2022, the National Executive Council of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) decided to call off the nationwide strike by its members.

“The rationale to step down the industrial action was based on the fact that the demand from the Ministry of Finance to direct the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to effect payment of the agreed allowance, has been met on 11th May 2022.

Background

CLOGSAG laid down its tools on Thursday, April 21, 2022, following the inability of government to pay the allowance as agreed in January this year.

It argued that the neutrality allowance ensures that civil and local government workers do not engage in partisanship while conducting their affairs when they are in their various offices.

The three-week industrial action left many citizens seeking government services stranded.

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ASUU bows to pressure, considers suspending strike

 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, may suspend its ongoing industrial action soon.

 

A member of the union, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the striking lecturers are currently considering suspending the three months strike.

 

According to him, the suspension may last for just three months, saying that negotiations with the Federal Government would continue during the grace period.

 

He said the failure of the government to meet the demands of ASUU within the three months would lead to an indefinite strike.

 

This is coming a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari appealed to the union to consider the suffering of students and call off the strike.

 

The union commenced a warning strike on February 14 over the inability of the Federal Government to meet its demands and implement some agreements the two parties entered into previously.

 

The industrial action was on Monday, May 9, extended by another 12 weeks, which is expected to elapse on August 9.

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ASUU strike: Call off, consider students – Buhari begs lecturers

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end the lingering strike.

 

Buhari urged ASUU to consider the plight of the students and called off the industrial action.

 

The President made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day Celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.

 

He also urged the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, to exercise patience as the government tries to resolve the crisis.

 

Buhari recalled his February 1 directive to His Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the Ministers of Education and Labour and Employment, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige, respectively, to address the concerns of the striking aggrieved workers’ unions.

 

On Monday, ASUU has been on strike since February 20222.

 

But ASUU on Monday extended its ongoing roll-over strike by another three months.

 

The body is demanding funding for the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

 

Others include the renegotiation and implementation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System. 

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CLOGSAG calls off strike; members to return to work on May 16

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has called off its industrial action on Thursday, May 12.

CLOGSAG laid down its tools on Thursday, April 21, following the inability of the government to pay the neutrality allowance as agreed in January this year.

Many Ghanaians criticised the workers for their decision to strike over such an allowance.

But CLOGSAG argued that the neutrality allowance ensures that members do not engage in partisanship while conducting their affairs when they are in their various offices.

However, Isaac Bampoe-Addo, the Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, at a press conference on Thursday said the decision to step down the industrial action followed a decision taken by its National Executive Council after an agreement was reached with the government.

“At its meeting held on Thursday 12th May, 2022, the National Executive Council of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) decided to call off the nationwide strike by its members. The rationale to step down the industrial action was based on the fact that the demand from the Ministry of Finance to direct the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to effect payment of the agreed allowance, has been met on 11th May 2022.”

Mr. Bampoe-Addo thus added that all members of the Association are expected to resume work on Monday, May 16, 2022.

“The strike has been called off, all CLOGSAG members are to report back to work by May 16, 2022.”

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UDS, UCC senior staff to embark on strike over allowances and promotions

Senior staff of some public universities have threatened to embark on industrial action over the non-payment of some allowances.

They are also unhappy with the delay in the promotion of their colleagues.

According to them, they will strike if the concerns raised are not addressed in their entirety.

The University of Development Studies Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Universities begins its strike today, Thursday, May 12.

Also, its counterpart at the University of Cape Coast has slated its action for Thursday, May 19.

All these actions are despite a recent meeting with the institution’s management.

The UDS management, in an earlier meeting, agreed to implement recommendations of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) that addresses qualification requirements for progression, a reason that necessitated the industrial action.

UDS, UCC senior staff to embark on strike over allowances and promotions
University of Development Studies

However, the Senior Staff Association at UDS says a communiqué they have sighted contradicts the assurances given them by management, hence their decision to lay down their tools.

Zakaria Mohammed, the branch’s president, said, “a number of concessions were made, and we told them that this should be put on paper to avert the possibility of our strike,” he said in a media interview.

He added that “they agreed in principle, but while we were meeting our members, a letter popped up that was entirely contrary to the agreement we had with them.”

Some unions have been agitating over the qualification requirements for progression and upgrading to Senior Member Grade.

Their university managements have been demanding a Master of Philosophy or its equivalent before senior staff are appointed to senior membership status.

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CLOGSAG calls off strike; members to return to work on May 16

The Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) has called off its industrial action on Thursday, May 12.

CLOGSAG laid down its tools on Thursday, April 21, following the inability of the government to pay the neutrality allowance as agreed in January this year.

Many Ghanaians criticised the workers for their decision to strike over such an allowance.

But CLOGSAG argued that the neutrality allowance ensures that members do not engage in partisanship while conducting their affairs when they are in their various offices.

However, Isaac Bampoe-Addo, the Executive Secretary of CLOGSAG, at a press conference on Thursday said the decision to step down the industrial action followed a decision taken by its National Executive Council after an agreement was reached with the government.

“At its meeting held on Thursday 12th May, 2022, the National Executive Council of the Civil and Local Government Staff Association of Ghana (CLOGSAG) decided to call off the nationwide strike by its members. The rationale to step down the industrial action was based on the fact that the demand from the Ministry of Finance to direct the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to effect payment of the agreed allowance, has been met on 11th May 2022.”

Mr. Bampoe-Addo thus added that all members of the Association are expected to resume work on Monday, May 16, 2022.

“The strike has been called off, all CLOGSAG members are to report back to work by May 16, 2022.”

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ASUU strike: Call off, consider students – Buhari begs lecturers

President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end the lingering strike.

 

Buhari urged ASUU to consider the plight of the students and called off the industrial action.

 

The President made the appeal at the 19th National Productivity Day Celebration and Conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit Award, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.

 

He also urged the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, to exercise patience as the government tries to resolve the crisis.

 

Buhari recalled his February 1 directive to His Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the Ministers of Education and Labour and Employment, Adamu Adamu and Chris Ngige, respectively, to address the concerns of the striking aggrieved workers’ unions.

 

On Monday, ASUU has been on strike since February 20222.

 

But ASUU on Monday extended its ongoing roll-over strike by another three months.

 

The body is demanding funding for the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

 

Others include the renegotiation and implementation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System. 

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UDS, UCC senior staff to embark on strike over allowances and promotions

Senior staff of some public universities have threatened to embark on industrial action over the non-payment of some allowances.

They are also unhappy with the delay in the promotion of their colleagues.

According to them, they will strike if the concerns raised are not addressed in their entirety.

The University of Development Studies Branch of the Senior Staff Association of Universities begins its strike today, Thursday, May 12.

Also, its counterpart at the University of Cape Coast has slated its action for Thursday, May 19.

All these actions are despite a recent meeting with the institution’s management.

The UDS management, in an earlier meeting, agreed to implement recommendations of the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) that addresses qualification requirements for progression, a reason that necessitated the industrial action.

UDS, UCC senior staff to embark on strike over allowances and promotions
University of Development Studies

However, the Senior Staff Association at UDS says a communiqué they have sighted contradicts the assurances given them by management, hence their decision to lay down their tools.

Zakaria Mohammed, the branch’s president, said, “a number of concessions were made, and we told them that this should be put on paper to avert the possibility of our strike,” he said in a media interview.

He added that “they agreed in principle, but while we were meeting our members, a letter popped up that was entirely contrary to the agreement we had with them.”

Some unions have been agitating over the qualification requirements for progression and upgrading to Senior Member Grade.

Their university managements have been demanding a Master of Philosophy or its equivalent before senior staff are appointed to senior membership status.

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BREAKING: ASUP to begin two-week warning strike on Monday

 

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) would commence a 2-week industrial action with effect from Monday, 16th of May 2022.

 

The Academic Staff of the polytechnics disclosed the decision in a statement released after its emergency meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council on Wednesday.

 

The union in a statement signed by ASUP president, Anderson Ezeibe said the federal government is yet to meet the union’s demand.

 

ASUP suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021 on the 10th of June, 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government.

 

The signed MoA contained a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of the items in dispute.

 

Part of the demand includes the non-release of the approved revitalization fund for the sector, Approved N15bn, yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President.

 

“Non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is yet to be released. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19Bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant Generals Office.”

 

“We are deploying this medium to equally appeal to members of the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the two weeks period so as to avoid an indefinite shutdown of the sector.” the union threatened.

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BREAKING: ASUP to begin two-week warning strike on Monday

 

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) would commence a 2-week industrial action with effect from Monday, 16th of May 2022.

 

The Academic Staff of the polytechnics disclosed the decision in a statement released after its emergency meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council on Wednesday.

 

The union in a statement signed by ASUP president, Anderson Ezeibe said the federal government is yet to meet the union’s demand.

 

ASUP suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021 on the 10th of June, 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government.

 

The signed MoA contained a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of the items in dispute.

 

Part of the demand includes the non-release of the approved revitalization fund for the sector, Approved N15bn, yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President.

 

“Non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is yet to be released. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19Bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant Generals Office.”

 

“We are deploying this medium to equally appeal to members of the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the two weeks period so as to avoid an indefinite shutdown of the sector.” the union threatened.

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BREAKING: ASUP to begin two-week warning strike on Monday

 

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) would commence a 2-week industrial action with effect from Monday, 16th of May 2022.

 

The Academic Staff of the polytechnics disclosed the decision in a statement released after its emergency meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council on Wednesday.

 

The union in a statement signed by ASUP president, Anderson Ezeibe said the federal government is yet to meet the union’s demand.

 

ASUP suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021 on the 10th of June, 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government.

 

The signed MoA contained a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of the items in dispute.

 

Part of the demand includes the non-release of the approved revitalization fund for the sector, Approved N15bn, yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President.

 

“Non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is yet to be released. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19Bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant Generals Office.”

 

“We are deploying this medium to equally appeal to members of the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the two weeks period so as to avoid an indefinite shutdown of the sector.” the union threatened.

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ASUU strike: Again, students’ body blasts FG, demands immediate negotiation

With the announcement of the twelve-week extension of the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), a student body, the National Association of Nigerian Students Joint Campus Committee (NANS JCC), Osun axis has sent a strong warning signal to the Federal Government.

The student body berated the Federal Government over the prolonged ASUU strike which has paralysed academic activities on campuses across the country for over two months.

In a jointly signed press statement by the trio of Afeez Oyewole, Abeebulah Salaudeen and Sulaimom Adekanmi, Chairman, General Secretary and Public Relations Officer, respectively, the student body alleged that the action of the Federal Government was worrisome.

The group, which accused the Federal Government of displaying lackadaisical attitude towards the ASUU strike, added that the purchase of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential nomination form worth N100,000,000 by the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba while the university sector was shut down, portrayed the government as ignoble and unpatriotic.

The statement explained that, “the effect of the strike has been devastating to the university education by watering down the quality of university education in Nigeria, thereby compounding the problem of students’ poor academic performance, unwanted programme period elongation, numerous students dropping out of institutions, psychological adverse effects on students and economic effects on students and the nation at large.

“It is no more news as it has become a matter of general concern that the ongoing ASUU strike has reached the 11th week, where no concrete or palpable plan has been put in place by the government on a proper way of putting an end to the strike. This speaks volume of how less important education is to the present day government.

“However, any country that is ready to compete in terms of general development with other countries of the world must put every mechanism in place to ensure citizens are provided with a qualitative and sound education, which would, in turn, have a positive impact on the growth and development of such a nation.

“It is appalling, regrettable, and worrisome that the Federal Government has taken unquantifiable solace in shattering, bastardizing, and degrading her educational system. This can be deduced from how the Minister of State for Education, with every sense of temerity, purchased APC presidential form worth a hundred million naira (N100,000,000) while the student community is still experiencing a retrogressive strike. This could be best regarded as an ignoble and unpatriotic act.

“As student leaders, we understand perfectly that leadership is taking responsibility not making excuses. A working federal government would never have any excuse for incessant ASUU strike, as the government is also aware that the said strike does more harm than good to Nigeria’s Education sector.”

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ASUU strike: Students cannot endure another 12 weeks – Gani Adams to FG

Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams has said the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike is disturbing.

 

The traditional leader told the Federal Government that the future of the youths was being toyed with.

 

Adams spoke in Lagos yesterday at his 52nd birthday ceremony.

 

The chief expressed concern over the government’s failure to end recurring industrial action over the years.

 

“Nigerian students cannot withstand another strike for the next 12 weeks”, he warned.

 

Adams urged the authorities to address the issues facing the education sector and handle them properly.

 

“I feel bad whenever I see that university students are still at home. This affects their thinking and portends grave danger to us as a nation.”

 

Adams said he’ll continue to touch lives positively and urged the Yoruba to promote their religion, tradition and culture.

 

“There is a clear difference between the three but they are all very key to our identity as Omo Odua.”