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Nigeria ASUU Strike Update: The issue we have with ASUU – FG
The Federal Government, via the Ministry of Labor and Employment, explained on Sunday why no unions from the country’s higher education system were invited to the meeting last Thursday.
According to FG, the purpose of the meeting was to evaluate the advancement made thus far in resolving the few unmet requests of the striking university employees, including the controversial payment platform and the revision of their employment agreements.
Olajide Oshundun, the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment’s head of press and public relations, expressed regret over the aggressive and numerous unfounded accusations made by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) against the government and in particular Senator Chris Ngige, the minister responsible for labor and employment, saying that “all insinuations that the Ministry of Labor does not sympathize with students, unions, or parents, of which the minister is one, should be refuted.”
ASUU should know that we are arbitrators and conciliators,” it stated. We are unable to create agreements. However, we are free to listen to the government side and urge them to complete their own contribution as soon as feasible.
The statement criticized ASUU President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke’s claims that his union did not receive an invitation from the Federal Government to attend the meeting held on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at the Presidential Villa Abuja during an appearance on Channels Television.
The statement claims that before Osodeke’s interview, many articles written by ASUU members had been trending on social media, accusing the Minister of Labour and Employment of being the source of the lecturers‘ complaints at the universities….. CONTINUE READING
Yobe State University’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU-YSU) has committed to support the nationwide walkout while pursuing resolution of its regional demands.
This was one of the decisions made following the Branch’s emergency congress meeting on Friday in Damaturu.
The meeting was held to examine the ongoing national strike in light of the most recent announcement by the University Governing Council, according to a statement from the branch chair, Dr. Mohammed S. Jajere.
“The branch joined the ongoing national strike as a chartered member of ASUU, not on the false pretext of solidarity, as the council had falsely claimed.
The Chairperson stated that, contrary to the Council’s assertion, neither the University administration nor the State Government had any involvement with any of the outstanding branch issues mentioned in our earlier resolution from May 10, 2022.
Jajere claims that the congress issued a warning to ASUU members from other colleges that they would be reported to their respective branches for appropriate sanctions if they violated the strike action in any way.
As instructed by the council, members should refrain from signing any form of work resumption register.
“The administration of the institution should refrain from any type of victimization or intimidation directed at our union’s members who exercise their constitutional rights.
He encouraged parents not to send their children back to school because doing so might be a waste of resources.
ASUU Denies Receiving Invitation for a meeting with FG
ASUU disagrees with Chris Ngige, the minister of labor, who claims not to have received a meeting invitation.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that they haven’t gotten an official invitation from the federal government for the meeting with the government delegation that had been previously announced in order to resolve the points of contention and end the strike.
The federal government will meet with the ASUU team on Thursday to discuss the concerns causing the strike, the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, announced just 24 hours prior.
This was announced by Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the president of ASUU, on June 23 and is visible on the union’s official Twitter account.
Nigeria ASUU Strike Update: “ASUU will call off strike soon” — FG
Due to its commitment to resolving disputes with the university-based unions, the Federal Government has guaranteed that academic activities would begin in earnest.
Currently on strike are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, stated that the strike’s end is imminent following the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Denying the claim that the Federal Government intended to change the payment schedule for unions, the minister claimed that the government had called all pertinent agencies, including the National Information Development Agency (NITDA), to brief it on the progress made in resolving the contentious issues that had sparked the unions’ ongoing strike.
Speaking at the time, Ngige stated that the government was eager to see the students return to their studies.
The University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS), which was suggested by ASUU as an alternative platform, and the University Peculiar Personnel and Payroll System (U3PS), which was suggested by SSANU and NASU, are anticipated to be discussed during the meeting on Thursday, according to him.
The minister stated that he was awaiting the findings of the Tripartite Plus Committee, which included the National University Commission (NUC), the Chief of Staff, the Salaries and Wages Income Commission, the Ministry of Education, and the striking unions. It might interest you to read Organ Harvesting: Meet Daughter of Ike Ekweremadu, Sonia who Needed kidney transplant
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