The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called off the 9-month-old strike.
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DECEMBER 23RD DECEMBER UPDATE: ASUU Calls Off 9-Month-Old Strike
The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) on Wednesday “conditionally” suspended its strike, ending a protracted industrial action that started since March 2020.
ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi made the announcement during a briefing of the union in Abuja, explaining that the development followed with its National Executive Council (NEC).
While warning that the union would return to strike without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers, Ogunyemi noted that the reopening of the schools, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, lies with the Federal Government and Senate.
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ASUU Next Meeting: ASUU and FG were supposed to meet last Friday 4th December 2020 but ASUU pleaded for the meeting to be extended to Wednesday 9th December 2020. According to ASUU, by then they must have consulted all their branches as regards to the FG’s offer.
December 7th Update: ASUU: why we have not called off strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has explained why lecturers are yet to call off their eight-month-old strike.
Its leadership said the Federal Government has neither implemented nor fulfilled any of the offers it made to ASUU.
For instance, the union explained that the salaries of its members withheld by the government have not been paid despite the latest offer from the government negotiating team.
The government, in its latest offers to ASUU leadership, pledged to pay N40 billion as Earned Allowance and N30 billion for the revitalisation of the university system, bringing the total payment to N70 billion.
The government also agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 2020, but after due consultation with the government side.
It also accepted the demand by ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending the approval of their proposed payment system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
Before the government introduced the IPPIS to the union last year, the lecturers were receiving their pay through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).
He said some of the offers made by the government had timelines which the government was yet to implement.
Ogunyemi said: “We are still consulting but certainly before the end of this week we will report to the minister the findings and feedback from our members.
“The offers people are talking about are proposals that have timeless and some of these things are expected to have been happening. If those things they promised with the timeline can happen before we conclude our consultation I think the process will go smoother.
“A concrete example is the payment of our members’ salaries which have not been paid. If people are not paid I don’t think anybody will be willing to go back to work and other things that have timeline that we expect government to implement.
“You don’t expect people, after eight months, to go back to the classrooms on empty stomach. That is where we are.
“Before the end of this new week we will get back to government but we keep on telling them each time they contact us that they (government) should fulfill their own part of the bargain, things that have timelines.”
Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige, who is leader of the government team, could not be reached last night for comments as calls and text to his phone were not returned as of the time of filing this report.
Source: The Nation
November 28th Update: No agreement yet to suspend strike ― ASUU
THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has denied a news report that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday.
The Federal Government at the meeting at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances (EA) to university based unions and funding for the revitalization of public universities from N65 billion to N70 billion.
There was news report that ASUU has given an indication that the meeting, the strike which started since March would soon be called off after a meeting with the leadership of the union and its organs.
According to the report, the university teachers agreed to call off the strike after the government pledged to pay N40 billion for Earned Allowances and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion.
It was further reported that the Government agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.
The report also noted that ASUU was expected to report the agreement to its organs and then communicate their decision to the government after which a date for the calling off of the strike would be announced.
It quoted a source within the university union, that ASUU insisted that the agreement to call off the strike should not be announced until it has been approved by its members.
But ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike, stressing that at the meeting, it was only agreed that union should convey Government message to their organs and get back to Government.
Prof. Ogunyemi, said: ” I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of strike.”
However, a source in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, said that after the meeting, the Minister, Senator Ngige, who described the meeting as “fruitful,” added that the government made a proposal to ASUU which it would take back to its members.
Ngige told reporters after the meeting that, “Many issues were discussed at the meeting including salary shortfall, the payment system and revitalization of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting.”
Source: Vanguard News
November 27th Update:
001: ASUU finally agrees to call off the ongoing strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to call of its eight-month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities.
The union leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday.
The government also pledged to increase the total payment to the union to N70 billion.
This is happening one week after the Federal Government accepted the demand by the ASUU that they are exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
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OO2: ASUU & FG Currently in a meeting
It has been confirmed that the Federal Government (FG) and the Leaders of Academic Staff Union of Universities are currently in a closed door meeting over the 8-month lingering strike.
The Friday meeting, which was scheduled for 11 a.m. started at 2:25 p.m. with the labour minister, Chris Ngige, presiding.
He said the government gave the union some offers last week and “they promised to consult with their members and get back to us”.
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November 21st ASUU Update: ASUU consulting with members to meet FG again on Friday 27th Nov.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commenced consultations with all of its members to know whether to call off or continue with its strike action.
Its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi confirmed this in an interview with The Nation’s Newspaper reporter on Saturday.
Ogunyemi said: “We are consulting with our organs. When we have new information we will share it.
“We are reporting back to the government on Friday. That is when the consultation will end.”
Asked if the union would call off the strike before Friday’s meeting, Ogunyemi said:
“I don’t have the power to suspend the strike.”
The ASUU President also informed that public that they do not have a twitter handle and will not call off the strike through a twitter account.
He said, “ASUU does not have a Twitter account. Many people have been bombarding me with telephone calls and I can’t answer again. If we want to call off our strike, we will address a press conference and that is how we operate.”
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November 20th Asuu Update: FG shifts ground, offers N65 billion, suspends IPPIS
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The federal government, on Friday, during a meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) shifted grounds when it offered a total sum of N65 billion to Nigerian universities to address some of its demands. It also said the lecturers will now be paid their salary arrears on an older platform, different from the controversial IPPIS.
The money seeks to address the issue of earned allowances and ”revitalisation of universities”.
Giving a breakdown of the cash, the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, said the Accountant General of the Federation has offered to release N40 billion ”or in the alternative, N35 billion to be shared by all the registered trade unions in the universities after providing necessary evidence of having earned the allowance”.
“The FG reiterated that her offer of N40 billion or N35 billion, whichever is accepted by ASUU was for all the universities’ unions. ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions,” he said.
He said while the initial sum will be for the earned allowance (EA), the balance of N25 billion or N30 billion will be made for the revitalisation of universities, he said.
He said all vice-chancellors are to submit details of the ‘EAA/EA’ to the National Universities Commission (NUC ) ”on or before November 30.”
On the issue of withheld salaries, Mr Ngige said the ministries of labour and education will review the issue of ‘no work, no pay’ as stipulated in section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act Cap T8 laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
He said the lecturers will also be paid on the old payment platform pending the time when all issues are resolved.
“We are also reviewing how the lecturers will be paid on the old platform (Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) until UTAS (which the lecturers are proposing) is ready for usage,” he said.
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November 19th Packed ASUU Update:
In the past few days, a lot has happened. Let’s gist you.
The Federal Government has said it will resume meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Friday. The Ministry of Labour and Employment disclosed this on Wednesday night.
The parley is expected to address various pending issues, including the contentious payment platform preferred by the union.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has expressed regrets that with the action of the Federal Government that Universities would not resume again this year.
ASUU also stated that FG was playing with the future of Nigerian students, adding that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, cannot curb corruption in the university system as claimed by the government.
This was contained in a statement signed by Comrade Uzo Onyebinama, Zonal Coordinator, ASUU, Port Harcourt zone, Comrade Emmanuel Akpan, Chairperson, Federal University Otuoke (FUO) Comrade Endurance Joseph, Chairperson, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Comrade Tonbara Kingdom, Chairperson, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island and Comrade Austen Sado, Chairperson, University of Port Harcourt.
The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, on Thursday, said the union would resist any attempt by the Federal Government to elongate the process of the integrity test being conducted on the software of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution proposed by the union.
Ogunyemi also said contrary to a statement credited to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Tuesday, the integrity test being conducted on UTAS would take one week if the government “is conscientious about the process”.
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November 15th ASUU Update: We are yet to agree anything with government ― ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it has not reached any concrete agreement with the government on how to end its over seven months’ strike.
This is just as the union faulted the Minister of Labour, Dr Chris Ngige, for saying in an interview at the weekend that six out of the nine demands by the union had been met by the government.
Speaking in a chat on Sunday with Vanguard, the National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, while taking the demands one by one, asked Nigerians to see which one had been met by the government.
“As far as we are concerned, nothing has been delivered to our members and our members don’t want empty promises. Let us take the issues one after the other.
“The withheld salaries of our members which is between four to eight months have not been paid, if paid, accounts of our members would have been credited. Same for Earned Academic Allowances, yet to be paid.
“Visitation Panels have not been constituted for the universities, if that is done, Nigerians would have heard the names of panel members as announced by the government.
The proliferation of universities by state governments has not been addressed. The renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement has not started, the 2019 Memorandum of Action is not yet implemented.
“So, on which of these issues has the target beneficiaries seen any concrete action being taken? We are getting to understand the way people in government work.
“When they are still discussing with you, they will go to town and tell people what has not been done. Their intention is to paint ASUU as the aggressor.
“Which of the issues can anybody say the ball is in ASUU’s court? Are we the ones to pay our withheld salaries and allowances? Are we the ones to set up Visitation Panels?
“That is how they went about creating a fake Twitter account for the union and begin to circulate fake news,” he said.
Ogunyemi added that the University Transparency and Accountability System, UTAS, being developed by ASUU to replace government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, was at an advanced stage, but expressed fears that some people wanted to truncate it.
On the threat by the minister that the government could invoke labour laws if nothing was agreed to by the two parties soon, Ogunyemi said his union would never feel threatened in any way.
“We are ready for discussions if they invite us. The onus of universities reopening soon lies with the government. We go to meetings we are invited to.
“They promised that we would meet some days ago and they said they would write to inform us, we waited in vain for their invite. Nothing came,” he stated.
Recall that the union has been on strike since March 24 this year over sundry issues.
Source: Vanguard News Nigeria
November 13th ASUU Update: We Are Going Back To The Negotiation Table next week, Says Ngige
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, says he will be going back to the negotiation table with leaders of the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) and other stakeholders in the education sector to ensure that the current impasse is resolved.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Senator Ngige said he is optimistic that the disagreement with the lecturers will be resolved.
“Even if countries go to war, at the end of the day you come back to the negotiation table,” the minister said.
Ngige further stated that he will be inviting ASUU in the coming week, adding that there have been government side meetings where collations are being made to ensure that all pertinent data and pending issues are brought to the place of negotiation.
The minister said he is very optimistic that with the myriads of options available, the matter will be resolved next week.
Ngige’s comments come a day after the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU) have kicked against the payment system proposed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
ASUU had asked the Federal Government to adopt the University Transparency Account System (UTAS), rather than the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), for the payment of lecturers’ salaries and allowances.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed the position of NASU and SSANU to reporters on Thursday at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
“There are other unions in the university system that are saying they will develop their own system, and that they are not going to go on to UTAS – Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), … ASUU is not the only union in the university,” he told journalists after defending the budget of his ministry in the Senate.
Ngige stated that the government was making effort to meet up with ASUU’s demands but warned against the use of different payment platforms in Nigerian universities.
He stressed that it was important for the government to ensure that the concerns of SSANU, NASU, NAAT, and others were addressed while working to ensure the return of the lecturers to the classroom.
The minister, however, hinted that the payment system proposed by ASUU had been forwarded to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for assessment.
He said, “If we ignore those people and what they are saying, even if ASUU calls off the strike, they will close the lecture halls, they will close the laboratories, they will close even the gates.
“It has happened before, entry gates into the universities; we don’t want that to happen. That is why we are taking them holistically and going in measure steps to be sure that we carry everybody along.”
ASUU has been on strike for nearly seven months and one of the union’s demands is to have its own payment system separate from the government’s IPPIS.
Several meetings between the union and the government have ended without a definite conclusion, raising concerns on the part of students who have been out of the classroom since March.
Credit: Channels TV
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November 9th ASUU Update: FG team meets on Monday
On Friday 6th November 2020, Federal government (FG) Team had a meeting in regards to ASUU demand.
In the meeting which was held on Friday, a source who confided in Vanguard News said FG Team didn’t really change their mind on their earlier discussion with ASUU.
The source said, “We didn’t conclude our meeting last week, we are continuing our meeting on Monday (today).
Asked whether there was any hope that the government would concede to ASUU’s demand, the source said,” Which demand? Government said it has given to them what it has, would you go and manufacture money which you don’t have to give?
“Government says it is even finding it difficult to raise the offer they made, they are running round to get the offer, the offer on Earned Allowances of N30 billion for all the unions in the universities even though ASUU is claiming that it is for them alone, that is the point of disagreement.”
Also asked if Universities will remain closed now that ASUU is adamant, the source said that in collective bargaining agreement, the employer agrees to pay what could be affordable.
The source said, “They (ASUU) will not be adamant, ability to pay is a cardinal function of labour negotiation, you take it into account in any collective bargaining agreement.
“Covid-19 has affected everybody, it has changed so many economic indices world over, Nigeria is not an exception.
“For government to even cough out N50 billion in one swoop is like a miracle, N30 billion Earned Allowances, N20 billion revitalisation, that is what government is looking for to get between now and end of the year. N30 billion they have gotten and looking around for another N20 billion.”
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After today’s meeting, FG team will inform ASUU of their final decision and perhaps fix a date for them (ASUU & FG) to has another meeting.
On another news, ASUU has warned that the strike might continue for a long time if FG continue giving IPPIS as a condition to call off the strike.
This was contained in a statement endorsed by the National President of ASUU Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi and made available to our correspodent.
The union also faulted the position of the representatives of the FG in their negotiations with ASUU.
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Thursday November 5th Updates:
The meeting between ASUU and FG which was held yesterday 4th November 2020 ended in deadlock.
FG offered to pay ASUU N20 billion for revitalisation and N30 billion for Earned Academic Allowances, making it N50 billion all together. But ASUU insisted that FG must give them at least N110 billion for funding of revitalisation of universities.
FG said they can’t afford such money for now because of the damaging effects of COVID-19 on the economy.
However, Federal Government (FG) and her team will be having their own meeting tomorrow Friday 6th November 2020. After the meeting, they will inform ASUU on their final discussion and maybe fix a date for another meeting between them (ASUU and FG).
So, there you have it, the ASUU Strike continues until FG and ASUU reaches an agreement. Let’s hope for the best.
Some other fresh ASUU updates you should check out:
- FG using hunger to break us, says ASUU
- Strike: FG, ASUU meeting ends in deadlock
- JUST IN: We can’t meet ASUU’s financial demands – FG
- “We’ll suspend strike if FG pays salaries, complete negotiations” — ASUU
- Strike: FG plans legal action against ASUU
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Thursday 29th October ASUU Update:
For the second time in one week, the meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked on Wednesday as they failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers.
The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
But the ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment should be made through the UTAS.
Sequel to their failure to reach a consensus, the parties agreed to consult their respective principals and stakeholders and adjourned till next week Wednesday.
Meanwhile, The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the parliament is determined to resolve the issues facing the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Gbajabiamila disclosed this on Wednesday when he met with a group of young lawmakers from the House under the aegis of ‘Young Parliamentarians Forum’ of the National Assembly in his office.
“We are determined to resolve the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) matter, and if we can resolve two out of three issues, I think we would have gone a long way to help the lecturers who are on strike,” Gbajabiamila was quoted as saying according to a statement issued by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi.
Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with IYABO LAWAL, has revealed that before the ASUU strike will be called off, FG has to do at least two things; issues of members’ salaries resolved and revitalisation are settled.
Part of the interview reads:
What is the update on the seven-month strike embarked on by university teachers?
Nothing has changed significantly. We have presented our issues. We started with five, and we now have six issues. These are revitalisaton of universities; renegotiation of 2009 agreement; visitation panels to universities; proliferation of universities, particularly by state governments and of course Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) of members.
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Wednesday 28th October Asuu Update: FG & ASUU Currently in closed-door meeting
ASUU & FG are currently in a closed-door meeting today Wednesday 28th October 2020.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State, Labour & Employment, Hon Festus Keyamo in a tweet.
The tweet which was posted at exactly 5:36pm today, reads:
Our discussions/negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues today….
The strike, occasioned by the disagreement between the two parties on the use of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), funding for revitalization of public universities, Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), Salary Shortfall, among others, has paralysed academic activities.
It would be recalled that the university teachers have been at loggerheads with the government over its directive to ASUU members to enrol on the platform before their salaries could be paid.
ASUU has presented what it called University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which would serve as an alternative to IPPIS but the government said it is still carrying out an integrity test on the new platform.
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Tuesday 27th October ASUU Update: ASUU Explains why they are yet to call off strike
ASUU President, Prof Ogunyemi has told Punch newsmen that the meeting scheduled to hold yesterday 26th October has been postponed.
According to Prof Ogunyemi they (ASUU) wants to resume but they won’t resume on an empty stomach or if FG is yet to show concrete action.
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THE Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it has yet to call off its ongoing strike because it is waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
The UTAS is the payment platform created by ASUU in place of government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.
ASSU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in an interview with The PUNCH said the government needed to give the clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency to conduct integrity test on UTAS.
“The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.”
While speaking on whether the government had accepted UTAS, Ogunyemi said, “We are still talking, we have given them the position of our members, we are thinking we should be able to hold a meeting this week if they have not changed plans. The meeting for Monday was postponed. In principal, they have accepted UTAS and told us to go for the test, and on our part, we have started the process. We had presented UTAS at three levels, starting with the Ministry of Education, Senate President and members of his team, officials of Ministry of Finance and Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, where all other stakeholders were present, including NITDA, all stakeholders have witnessed the presentation and the next stage of integrity test is what we are moving in to. If government facilitates it, it is not something that should drag for too long at all. We don’t foresee any problem with UTAS; it also depends on how early the government makes it possible for the integrity test to be conducted.”
Ogunyemi also explained that ASUU was ready to resume academic activities if the government was ready to play its part.
“Our members are ready to resume work as early as government is ready to play its part. I’m sure you are not suggesting that our members should resume on empty stomach or the strike should be suspended without any concrete action on the side of the government. We don’t like to stay away from our work because we like our students, they are also our children.
As far as we are concerned, we don’t have issue with going back to work, but we want more sincerity on the side of government.
“We have not seen enough reasons to believe that they don’t mean what they are telling us but as soon as we see any sign to that effect. we will tell Nigerians.”
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Monday 26th October 2020 Update:
ASUU and FG will be having their meeting today by 3.00pm in a bid to end the ongoing strike. Let’s hope it goes well.
After the meeting, we will update this page with the outcome of the meeting. Stay clued to this page.
Friday 23rd October 2020: ASUU and FG’s Meeting held on Wednesday ended in deadlock, to meet again on Monday 26th October
THE meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked again on Wednesday, following the disagreement over the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers.
The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn earned allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
But the ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the university teachers would not enrol on the government salary platform.
The spokesman, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr Charles Akpan, explained that the meeting adjourned till Monday to enable the union leaders to get across to their members on the mode of payment.
The parley is expected to reconvene on Monday to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG.
Among other things, the government had agreed to pay N40bn, being the pending Earned Academic Allowance of the university teachers overdue since November 2019.
Out of the amount, N30bn would be paid on or before November 6, while the remaining N10bn would be spread equally over two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022.
The two parties equally agreed to the planned release of N30b for the revitalisation of the education sector.
The government offered to pay N20b as funding for the revitalisation of public universities by January 2021 as well as seek for sources of alternative and additional funding of the university system, among other conclusions.
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Sunday October 18th Update: ASUU ready to re-negotiate 2009 agreement with govt
The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), has expressed its willingness to re- enter into fresh negotiations on the 2009 agreement with the Federal Government considering that implementing the agreement might no longer be feasible due to the outbreak of COVID-19
Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Sokoto Zone, Dr. Jamilu Shehu, told The Nation in an exclusive interview in Katsina that whenever the Federal Government invites the union to review the matter, it will certainly honour such invitation
“What I want to put out here is that ASUU is ready for renegotiation, should the government come up to say, look, implementing the 2009 agreement is no longer feasible because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought a lot of challenges.
“If they ask us, ‘can we re- negotiate afresh on that agreement?’ The answer is yes.
“We are just waiting for the invitation. Whatever government has in mind; it is there that it will be discussed. And whatever government comes up with at that time, our representatives cannot say yes or no, it must be brought back to our members for our final say. It is only our NEC that has the right to accept government offer or reject it.”
On the issue of reopening of universities, he noted that ASUU is kicking against the re-opening of universities because it is not convinced about the preparedness of these institutions to comply with stipulated NCDC’s COVID-19 protocols on opening of schools.
He said: “sometimes, you find about 1000 or more than 2000 students. How can social distancing be practiced there and the issue of washing of hands they are talking about. How many universities have good running water systems?
“That is why we are now telling the government, let the universities ensure that they provide all these facilities as stipulated by NCDC, before this schools reopen”
Friday, October 16th Update: ASUU, FG meeting inconclusive adjourned till October 21st
Thursday’s conciliatory meeting aimed at putting an end to the strike action embarked upon by university lecturers has been adjourned to October 21.
The industrial action, which started over six months ago, is a major reason why universities are yet to resume after the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Thursday meeting was convened as a follow up to the previous meeting held with the Senate leadership on Tuesday, where the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, committed to engaging Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders to iron out the outstanding issues.
While Mr Ngige led the federal government’s team, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the representatives of the lecturers’ union.
Although Thursday’s meeting could not achieve the suspension of the strike, it concluded on the funding for revitalisation of public universities, according to a statement by the labour ministry.
“Government, in spite of the Economic downturn as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, brought an offer of N20 Billion (Twenty BillionNaira) layable by the end of January 2021and ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday 21st October, 2020.”
According to the statement issued by the ministry of labour, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, will continue discussions with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning on its earlier Memo to President Muhammadu Buhari on sources of alternative funding for the revitalization to facilitate the process of additional funding of the university system.
This is with a view to reactivating the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2013 as agreed in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of 2019
Also, in response to the demand by ASUU for the payment of the Earned Allowance due from 2019, totalling N40 Billion, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) committed to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.
Source: Premium Times.
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Thursday, 15th October Update: FG Meeting with ASUU, what you should know
- ASUU and FG had a meeting yesterday (Wednesday) night and it ended in deadlock.
According to Vanguard, below are some excerpts of the meeting; ASUU members had chided the minister and other government officials for coming behind schedule to the meeting contrary to the earlier time slated at 2p.m.
“You scheduled a meeting for 2p.m., you came two hours after; you wasted our time, and you’re still here telling us to take an offer we had rejected. What kind of mess is that?
“See, you are talking to intellectuals, we will respect the constituted authorities as much as we can because that is what we teach in our various institutions.
“But you must stop taking us for granted and stop treating us like kids,” the source quoted the ASUU official to have said.
- They (FG & ASUU) had a meeting today (Thursday), but the outcome is not yet officially known (as at the time of compiling this report).
However, in the early hours of today, ASUU president told newsmen that they are ready to resume because it is a matter of national interest.
- This evening, Vanguard News reported that FG (through Minister of Labour) denies replacing UTAS with IPPIS. Reading the full details of the news, one will erroneously think it’s the outcome of today’s (Thursday) meeting.
But news from other sources like The Nation and Punch clearly indicates that the Minister of Labour actually said that before the meeting.
- FG agrees to pay lecturers N30bn earned allowance. This is part of the outcome of the meeting. Having done thorough research, the complete outcome of Thursday’s meeting is yet to be known. We keep our hands crossed.
- Be assured that once we get the outcome of the meeting, we will definitely post it on this page. You can count us on this 🙂
Wednesday 14th October Update: FG, ASUU To Meet Thursday Over IPPIS
The representatives of federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) are to meet Thursday meet over the lingering crisis in the tertiary institutions.
Spokesperson of the ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, in a short message sent to our correspondent noted that the meeting will hold by 2:00pm.
Although, the agenda of the meeting was not disclosed, it was gathered that the meeting will be centred on issues surrounding Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
“The Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige will be meeting with Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The meeting is scheduled as follows: Thursday 15th October 2020”, Akpan said.
Daily Trust reports that the federal government and the ASUU had been at loggerheads over issue on the platform.
The government, however, said on Tuesday that it is considering the adoption of the University Transparency Account System (UTAS) presented by the ASUU a day after leadership of the union met with National Assembly heads.
Source: Daily Trust
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