See why Don urged ASUU to focus on lecturers’ welfare

By Dan Ibe Report reaching Precise Post has it that a Professor of Veterinary Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Idowu Cadmus, has advised members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to focus more on the welfare of its members and leave the University Council and the government with the challenges of funding tertiary education. Cadmus said the union should ensure a conducive environment for teaching and research to enable members to conduct innovative research and attract funding to the institutions. He gave this advice at the 512th inaugural lecture delivered at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, titled, “On The Trail of Two Enigmatic Foes: The Story of an Enthusiast”. The university don said ASUU needed to have a more inclusive and proactive engagement system that would harness different shades of opinion. Cadmus called on the management of the University of Ibadan to overhaul its systems to encourage serious research and academic excellence in the institution. He said researchers must be consciously supported and not be made to suffer from unnecessary bureaucratic bottlenecks, which he claimed, …

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ASUU strike: FG makes U-turn, withdraws orders asking Vice-Chancellors to reopen universities

The Federal Government (FG) on Monday withdrew its earlier directive asking the management of Vice-Chancellors in universities “to ensure that the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resume and commence lectures immediately.” This was contained in a letter signed by the Director, Finance and Accounts of National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Abubakar Rasheed, in Abuja. Recall that the Federal Government had earlier today ordered Vice-Chancellors in universities to re-open schools and to allow students to resume lectures. The FG had asked the pro chancellors and vice-chancellors to ensure that the striking lecturers resume and commence lectures immediately. The FG’s directive had caused confusion for the university management as the vice-chancellors were unsure of how to go about the decision. But the new letter by the National Universities Commission (NUC), which was addressed to the pro-chancellors and vice-chancellors of the federal universities is titled; “Withdrawal of Circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 Dated 23rd September 2022.” The new letter referenced NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136 and dated 26 September, partly read; “I have been directed to …

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DSS Urges ASUU To Call Off Strike

By Nabilu Balarabe Damaturu – The Department of State Security (DSS) on Thursday appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing strike. The Director of the Service in charge of Yobe, Mr Yunusa Abdulkadir made the plea in Damaturu at the Third Quarterly Conference of the State Directors of Security in the North-East Zone. He noted that the strike, which paralysed university education in the country, had security implications. “In as much as we know that ASUU is pursuing a genuine cause, they should take a deeper look at the peculiarities of North-East region that has stayed for over a decade in the hands of insurgents,” Yunusa said. The director also called for the establishment of psychiatric hospital in Yobe to check post traumatic disorder caused by insurgency. He said failure to do so could lead to high victims of trauma, who could pose another security threat to the state other than that of the insurgents. In his remarks, the Chairman of the Occasion, Mr Hassan Abdullahi said the conference would analyse security threats, …

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ASUU Strike: Sowore joins NANS’ protest at Lagos airport

The presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has, Monday, joined Nigerian students in protest at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. Sowore, while at the protest, said it was important for the students to intensify their action saying, “this is your struggle.” The students, who seemed happy to see Sowore at their protest, cheered him and allowed him to address them. “I am a comrade and I remain a comrade forever, anything you need from us, let us know, but this is your struggle. “Nigerian students delivered independence to Nigeria in 1960, after this, they hijacked it and started using it against us. Nigerian students delivered the democracy we have today in in 1999, but when they flog people, it is the same us that they flog,” Sowore said. He urged drivers, traders and well-meaning Nigerians to support the students’ struggle. See photos below: The students, under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students, are protesting the prolonged strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The students held banners bearing inscriptions such as: …

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ASUU Strike: NANS Halts Activities At Lagos Airport

By Ogechi Okorie The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have stormed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos to press down their demands for the government to resolve the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike which has dragged on for almost seven months. As early as 7.00 am, the students with various placards had taken over all the entry and exit points of the airport, causing gridlock on the busy Airport and Moboljai Bank Anthony Roads. Recall that NANS had last week said it would ground activities at the local and international airports across the country beginning from Monday, September 19 over the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). NANS said its decision to ground airports activities was due to the successes recorded in its road protest during which several highways were blocked. The students had blocked some sections of the country’s highways recently in protest over the ASUU strike that has left public universities shut since seven months. The leadership of NANS, which spoke in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said the …

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Lingering ASUU Strike: NANS Demands Adamu’s Resignation

By Ogechi Okorie National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) have called for the resignation of the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu following the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU). The call was made by the students who embarked on a protest along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. They accused the minister of having no interest to dialogue with ASUU to call off the strike. NANS Vice President (External Affairs), Akinteye Babatunde told Punch they would continue blocking the road until the Federal Government resolve the impasse with the lecturers. He said; “This protracted strike is becoming a madness and the student populace will not take it.”

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Amid ASUU strike, FG urges students to apply for UK scholarship

Amid the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Federal Government has called on qualified Nigerians to apply for the Chevening scholarships, an initiative of the government of the United Kingdom. The National Universities Commission, NUC, disclosed this in a letter signed by the Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration of the NUC, Chris Maiyaki, and addressed to all vice-chancellors. The Chevening Scholarships, awarded by the government of the United Kingdom, are fully funded scholarships to individuals who demonstrate the requisite skills and commitment to positive change. The statement read: “The National Universities Commission is in receipt of the letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ref. TSW/BRI/V/T and dated 12 August 2022, with the attached Call Letter from the British High Commission Abuja, dated 3rd August 2022, on the above subject. Consequently, I write to forward the Call Letter to Vice-Chancellors for urgent attention and wide circulation in your various universities”. The statement advised interested individuals to submit their applications via www.chevening.org/apply.

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Again, ASUU Extends Strike As Govt Fails To Shift Ground

By Chris Udochukwu Again, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended its ongoing strike.  Although there is no specific details about the extension period, the union took the action after a National Executive Council. Recall that ASUU, on February 14, 2022, embarked on the strike to demand the re-negotiation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement. The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, had earlier said the Federal Government cannot ground activities in order to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). While noting that the government had done its best, he appealed to parents to “beg” ASUU. Since the industrial dispute, several groups and individuals have waded into the matter but there is no positive result yet. Amongst the demands of ASUU includes the adoption of UTAS as a replacement for IPPIS as a payment platform; payment of salary arrears for academic staff; payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA); revitalisation funds for the universities; release of White Paper on Visitation Panels that concluded their assignment last year; and non-proliferation of state universities.

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#Strike: ASUU begins consultations on next move

The National Strike Organising Committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has met to decide on the way forward concerning the ongoing strike by the union. The committee is made up of senior officials of the union. This is as our correspondent learnt that zonal meetings will commence by the end of the week after which branches would go ahead with congresses. A member of the union’s National Executive Council, who did not want his name in print because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, disclosed this. “The National Strike Organising Committee will meet today (Wednesday), after which zonal meetings will commence this weekend and then congresses will be held. “From there, information will be passed to our members on the next development; the president alone cannot decide, there are processes,” he said. Meanwhile, ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on Wednesday, urged Nigerian students not to vote for politicians who have their children studying in institutions outside the country. Osodeke spoke on a Twitter Space Webinar organised by Premium Times and tagged, ‘ASUU strike, Revitalisation Fund …

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ASUU-FG Meeting Ends In Deadlock, Strike To Continue

By Chris Udochukwu Tuesday’s meeting between the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government has again ended without an agreement. This means the six-month old strike by public university lecturers is set to continue. The striking lecturers had met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee on Tuesday at the National University Commission in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse. A senior member of ASUU, who craved anonymity told Channels Television that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee did not come with any new offer on the table. Instead, the ASUU source said, the committee plead with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget. According to the source, the meeting, which started at about 12pm, lasted for about three hours without any agreement reached. ASUU’s DemandsASUU embarked on a four-week warning strike on February 14. On March 14, the union extended the industrial action by another two months to allow the government meet all of its demands. A 12-week extension was …

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Strike: It’s obvious FG, ASUU have nothing to lose — Students’ union

The Council of Student’s Union Presidents (CSUP) has lamented that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, strike. The Student Union President (SUG), Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Mr Ishaka Yahaya, spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday. Yahaya said that the Federal Government and the ASUU have nothing to lose amid the strike, adding that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs, were being kidnapped and killed in the process. He urged the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school. “It’s true when they say, when two elephants meet, only the grass suffers. “It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight. “This is because while the strike is ongoing, the salaries of Federal Government staff keep …

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ASUU strike: NLC holds Abuja mega solidarity protest today (Wednesday)

The General Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emmanuel Ugboaja, has said that the congress will hold an “Abuja Mega” solidarity protest in support of trade unions whose strikes have shut down public universities. Ugboaja disclosed this in a statement signed by Bello Ismail on his behalf and made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday. It was reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other trade unions in the education sector have been on strike for more than five months for the alleged failure of the federal government to keep to agreements entered with the unions. The demands of the striking workers include issues bordering on funding of universities, salaries, and earned allowances of lecturers, among others. According to Ugboaja, in furtherance of the decision of the National Executive Council of the congress, a mega rally will hold on Wednesday, July 27, in Abuja. He said,” I am directed to inform you that workers are to converge on the Unity Fountain at 7:30 a.m. “Given the significance of this rally, affiliates are directed to mobilise in large …

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ASUU strike: Buhari instructs Ngige to hands off negotiation

University teachers won a major battle yesterday as the government plan to meet most of their demands. Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu got marching orders from President Muhammadu Buhari to end the industrial actions by university-based unions. The President also directed the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, to hands off negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Ngige’s role will only be limited to a conciliator when it is necessary. ASUU had repeatedly accused Ngige of blackmail and being a stumbling block to the negotiations. The President met with some ministers and heads of Federal Government agencies involved in the negotiations at the Presidential Villa. He directed that the ongoing negotiation between the Federal Government and ASUU must be finalised within two to three weeks. He ordered Adamu to henceforth coordinate, lead talks and harmonise terms with ASUU immediately. Adamu was also mandated to meet with the National Salaries and Wages Commission to work out payment details for the striking lecturers. ASUU said it was open to considering the 100 per cent pay rise …

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ASUU Strike: NLC Declares Nationwide Protest For Next Tuesday, Wednesday

Following the continued closure of the public universities in Nigeria, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has revolved to protest on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. This came as it faulted the Federal Government purported rejection of the Nimi-Briggs Committee on the premise of alleged disparity between the pay rise allocated to academic and non-academic staff of universities. NLC in a circular to its state councils and affiliates dated July 15, 2022 and signed by its President and General Secretary, Ayuba Wabba and Emma Ugboaja, respectively, said the protest is to take place in all the state capitals and Abuja, starting from NLC’s secretariats. Among others, the protest is aimed at pressurizing the Federal Government to conclude negotiations with striking universities unions and ensure that public universities resume for normal activities. Details later…

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