Showing posts with label ASUU Strike. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ASUU Strike. Show all posts

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Nigerians react as ASUU suspends strike


Nigerians have reacted to the suspension of the three-months strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday.

ASUU agreed to suspend their strike, which has lasted for three months, after the Union signed all agreements with the Federal Government, following a conciliatory meeting in Abuja.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented the Federal Government, while the lecturers were represented by the union’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi.

According to Ngige, both parties unanimously resolved the eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike.

ASUU’s official Twitter handle also confirmed that lecturers are to resume on Friday (tommorow).

“The NEC has decided that the STRIKE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.

“Academic activities resume tomorrow,” the union quoted its president as saying in a tweet.

The latest development from ASUU has stirred diverse reactions from Nigerians online.

Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:

@Lukotony1 “Suspend? Which means they might still resume if agreement not implemented. Shame!!!

@Mkay “They’ve never really ended the strike, it has always been suspended.”

@Malizanna “It’s now just suspension, it’s just for the election, they might call in after getting their votes. Lets see “agreement reached and Called off”

@Djsp4all “This year’s anniversary is over. Till next four years. Suspending this incessant strikes is not the way forward. There should be an end to this. Our tertiary education has been messed up.”

@Kendo8132 “They have no choice. ATIKU was going to sort it out on his first day in office. That’s why Buhari hurriedly reaches agreement with.

@Iam_xtopher “Suspending strike Just 1 day to end collection of PVC.Good one but I think ASUU has a hidden agenda.”

@MrNoora “Asuu just wasted our semester for nothing i hope no strike again.”

@AzorgorN “This sabotage is not in favour of students, INEC closed collection of PVCs, ASSU called off strike.Could this be coincidence?

@Tobi_kalej_ “It’s because you want us to vote that’s why you suspended the strike huh. I’ll still not vote .”

BREAKING NEWS: ASUU strike called off, lecturers ordered to resume work on (08\02\2019) Friday


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday agreed to suspend their strike, which has lasted for three months.

This comes after ASUU signed all agreements with the Federal Government, following a conciliatory meeting in Abuja.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented the Federal Government, while the lecturers were represented by the union’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi.

According to Ngige, both parties unanimously resolved the eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike.

Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, Ogunyemi said: “On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumed its strike action, which was conditionally suspended on 14th September, 2017.

“The action of 2017 was suspended following the signing of a memorandum of action (MoA) in which the federal government of Nigeria (FGN) promised to address the contentious issues within a timeline that was to end in October 2017.

“While announcing the suspension of the nationwide action, however, our union made it categorically clear that ASUU will not hesitate to review its position should government renege on the signed Memorandum of Action.

“Predictably, Government implemented the MoA in the breach, thereby forcing ASUU to resume the suspended strike action. Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university

campuses. This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of non-disruption of academic calendar by proprietors and administrators of some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.

“Rather, it is about deep-seated pains members of the Union undergo to prevent strike actions and the equally painful consequences strike situations bring to all who are genuinely averse to the mercantile disposition to university education.

ASUU’s official Twitter handle also confirmed that lecturers are to resume on Friday (tommorow).

“The NEC has decided that the STRIKE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.

“Academic activities resume tomorrow,” the union quoted its president as saying in a tweet.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

ASUU: Buhari govt reveals when strike will be called off


The Federal Government has disclosed when the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, would be called off.

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu assured that the ongoing industrial action would be called off before Monday.

He made the disclosure while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.

Adamu assured that students will soon return to school because almost all the issues under contention have been cleared off the table.

He said: “The strike will be called off today or tomorrow but certainly there will be no strike next week.

“We have virtually resolved contentious issues with the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

“It is my hope that ASUU will also come up with a pronouncement that will gladden the hearts of our students, parents and indeed all Nigerians after our meeting today in the coming hours.”

Friday, 1 February 2019

FG, ASUU meeting, deadlocked again


The meeting between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of University on Friday, has again ended in a stalemate.

The meeting, which held at the instance of Labour and Employment Minister, Chris Ngige lasted for more than three hours without a tangible outcome.

Federal Government and ASUU were not forthcoming when newsmen approached them for the outcome of the meeting. They said progress is being made and that the strike continues.

Both parties will be meeting again next week Thursday

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

ASUU: Lecturers give update on strike as FG meets major demand

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has provided update on the ongoing strike as the Federal Government, yesterday, met one of its major demands.


This is as the union has received the certificate of operation for Nigerian University Pension Management Company, NUPEMCO, from the National Pension Commission.

The refusal of the regulatory agency to approve the teachers’ union’s pension commission for operation has been one of the major issues in the dispute between ASUU and the Federal Government.

However, the National Pension Council, the regulatory agency for the country’s pension companies, granted the union the certificate of operation on Monday.

ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a short message sent across to members of the union, yesterday, said ASUU received the certificate at about 11:20 a.m.

The message reads, “Dear Comrade, We collected the final letter of approval of NUPEMCO operational license at about 11.20a.m in PENCOM office. Profound appreciation goes to all who prepared the ground and made this possible.

“While congratulating all our members for this landmark achievement of the union, we also thank them for their patience. The struggle continues! Biodun Ogunyemi.”

Prof. Ogunyemi earlier told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the leadership was still consulting with its members over offers made by the federal government.

He said the government made some offers in the course of meetings with ASUU, which are still being deliberated on.

“We are still consulting with our chapters across the country. There are promises that government made and we are trying to consult with the various university chapters on the options before the union.

“By the time we are fully aware of what is left of our demands from what the government is offering, then we will know what steps to take, even as negotiations with the government continues.

“For instance, we are in touch with about 20 universities that are affected, to be sure of the level of implementation.

“By the time we finish our assessment, we will now send our response back to the government, concerning the level of implementation.

“And depending on the outcome of our further engagements with government, we will now get back to our members,” he said.

Ogunyemi said ASUU was expected to be involved in another round of meeting with the government within the week, adding that he expected a positive outcome.

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019

ASUU Strike Continues As Union Demands Strong Commitment From FG


Leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that there is no going back on its ongoing nationwide strike.

The union stated this despite meeting with the Federal Government on Monday in Abuja to resolve the issues raised by the lecturers which led to the industrial action in the universities that has lasted over two months.

The meeting reconvened by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, with the leaders of the union led by ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, failed to bring an end to the strike as the issues could not be resolved.

READ ALSO: FG Reaches Agreement With ASUU, Releases N15.4bn For Salary Shortfalls

The striking lecturers insisted that the Federal Government must show a strong commitment to funding and revitalisation of universities before they would suspend the industrial action.

Professor Ogunyemi told reporters at the end of the meeting which lasted over four hours that the issue of universities revitalisation was very important to the union that it cannot suspend the industrial action if left untouched.

“The most critical of all is revitalisation,” he said. “Revitalisation is central to our work as academics and unless that area is addressed, members will have issues with ongoing action.”

The ASUU President added, “They gave us their response to our proposals, there were still grey areas that we are trying to sort out. So, when we finish those areas, you will know the full outcome.”

On his part, the minister was hopeful that the union would suspend the strike soon.

According to him, the government has demonstrated commitment by way of disbursing money through the Tertiary Education Trust (TET) fund to revitalise public universities.

“We have started defraying the end allowances there, we have also released N15.4 billion for the shortfall in payment of salaries, and we have also agreed today to fund revitalisation,” Ngige told reporters.

“We are going to expend some money there; this is irrespective of the fact that government has released from the TETfund account about N163 billion.”

The minister added that the meeting would reconvene at the instance of ASUU which said it needed to consult its members before taking the next step.

The union went on strike in November 2018 following the alleged inability of the government to address its demands.

It had also raised concerns over the poor funding of Nigerian Universities, the alleged plot to increase students’ fees, introduction of an education bank, as well as non-implementation of previous agreements, among other issues.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

FG Reaches Agreement With ASUU, Releases N15.4bn For Salary Shortfalls

The Federal Government has reached an agreement with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

Addressing journalists on Monday evening after the meeting with the striking lecturers in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the majority of their demands have been met including the release of N15.4 billion for payment of salary shortfalls.

According to him, the Federal Government is also in the process of releasing another N20 billion for payment of earned allowances for university lecturers.

Read Also: ASUU Strike Continues As Union Demands Strong Commitment From FG

Meanwhile, the ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the National Executive Committee of the union will review their decisions based on the new commitment by the government.

According to him, it is only after that meeting of the ASUU leadership that the union will announce its position on the ongoing strike action.

Its been over two months since the union went on strike following the alleged inability of the government to respond to its demands.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

UI ASUU Begins One-Week Warning Strike

Academic activities in the University of Ibadan will be paralysed for one-week as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter, has threatened to commence on a warning strike over over illegal pension deductions, fractional salary payments and non-payment of supervision allowance.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter, has declared a one-week warning strike over illegal pension deductions, fractional salary payments and non-payment of supervision allowance.

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The decision was taken on Tuesday at a congress convened by the union and presided over by its Chairman, Deji Omole.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members also complained about excessive deductions in their March salaries.
The management of the university was also alleged to have failed to declare the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) profile of the university.
According to Mr. Omole, the warning strike is, therefore, to compel the university administration to address the issues which ASUU said bordered on the welfare of her members who are being owed since 2010.
“The congress of ASUU, UNIBADAN, at its meeting of 4th April, 2017, having received permission from the national body of the union, hereby, declare a one-week warning strike.
“The warning strike will commence from 12:01 midnight of Tuesday, 4th April, to 12:00 midnight of Tuesday, 11th April, 2017.
“The congress of the union maintains that the failure of the university administration to satisfactorily resolve all the issues, will force the union to proceed on a comprehensive and total strike,” said Mr. Omole.
The congress, which was well attended, was also addressed by the national delegates of ASUU, which included Mahmood Lawan, from Kano; Tony Monye-Emina, from Benin and Bebe Sese, from Port Harcourt.
NAN recalls that the union had in a congress resolution in March warned the university management to address its grievances, bordering on reversal of illicit deductions and non-payment of promotion arrears.

The three non-academic staff unions of the institution had also been on strike since March 13, grounding administrative activities in the institution. (NAN)