ASUU Strike Update Today, Saturday 21st May, 2022
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ASUU Strike Update Today, Saturday 21st May, 2022

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NANS Converge In Enugu, Protest ASUU Strike, Give Buhari Government One-Week Ultimatum

Several students and leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) from universities in the South-East region on Friday protested against the lingering strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The umbrella body of the lecturers in the public universities across Nigeria had on February 14, 2022, begun a four-week national strike to among other things force the federal government of Nigeria to attend to the protracted issues.

ASUU declared an indefinite strike, after series of negotiations with federal government to resolve the impasse failed.

But the students who took to the street on Friday to protest the over three months’ old strike, gave the Federal Government one week to resolve all the issues; otherwise they would be forced to shut down economic and social activities across the country.
The students drawn from all the universities in the South-East were led by the South East Zonal Coordinator of NANS, Comrade Ibeabuchi Onyia. READ FULL STORY HERE

LAUTECH Dares ASUU, Directs Students To Resume May 26

The management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has directed members of staff and students of the institution to resume Thursday, May 26, 2022.

This was contained in a statement made available to journalists yesterday by the Registrar, Kayode Ogunleye. The resumption is for the continuation of the academic activities for the first semester of the 2021/2022 Academic Session.

The statement reads: “Upon the directive of the Visitor to the university, the management hereby informs all members of staff and students that the university will continue its academic activities for the first semester of the 2021/2022 academic session on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

“The amended academic calendar for the semester will soon be made available.

“Members of staff and students are hereby enjoined to abide by this directive.

“On behalf of the Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. M. O. Liasu, I welcome all students back to the campus and wish them a crisis-free semester.”

The Ibadan Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Ogbomoso had on Wednesday said that LAUTECH remained steadfast and would not pull out of the ongoing strike declared by the national body of the academic union

The union said that LAUTECH ASUU believes in the long-term benefit of repositioning public universities and not driven by primordial sentiments being dished out in some quarters.

Co-ordinator of the zone, Prof. Oyebamiji Oyegoke, while addressing a press conference, stated that the current infrastructure face-lift, which LAUTECH enjoys and TETFUND grants, which its members of staff enjoy, were products of ASUU’s struggle without which the institution will not be able to have a semblance of a university.

However, the withdrawal is coming after calls by the Students Union Government (SUG) that the union should withdraw like some other state universities.

Students Block Road in Anger, Protest Prolonged ASUU Strike in Ekiti

Motorists and commercial motorcyclists, yesterday had a hectic day in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, as students under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) blocked major roads to protest against the prolonged nationwide strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The rally was organised by the NANS/Joint Campus Committee, Ekiti axis, to reawaken the federal government to hearken to ASUU’s demands.

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The protest led by NANS’ National President, Sunday Asefon, was attended by students of Ekiti State University and the Federal University, Oye Ekiti.

Their counterparts from other institutions also joined the protest in solidarity.

As early as 7a.m., the students in their large numbers had massed at Adebayo area and trekked to Fajuyi Park, where they mounted barricades at frequent intervals on the Ado-Adebayo-Iworoko road.

These barricades led to chaotic traffic jam on that route with motorists traveling along that axis taking alternative roads to avoid being held up in the traffic snarl.

The visibly enraged students chanted various anti-government songs to deride  President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government for lacking the administrative acumen and deft political move to resolve the lingering crisis.

Addressing the protesting students, Asefon said the country’s education is being stifled by protracted closure of the country’s ivory towers.

He posited that no nation can develop when its universities, considered to be veritable grounds for research, invention and building of knowledge base of the youths, are rendered functionless, with students left to rotten away without mercy.

The NANS president said the body is still planning a bigger rally under the nomenclature ‘Operation test-run’, that will shake the country over alleged inefficiency and ineptitude of the federal government to resolve the issue.

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According to him, “What we are saying is that we are tired of staying at home. Our students want to return to school. How can the federal government be claiming of having no fund to accede to ASUU’s demands when corruption of huge magnitude was being perpetrated under it?

Watch Video of NANS President Speech Below:

FG moves to end ASUU, poly lecturers strikes, begins arrears payment

The Federal Government has commenced the payment of minimum wage arrears, which it owed lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and Academic Staff Union of Universities as part of efforts to end ongoing strikes by the unions, Stechitegist news has learnt.

The National President of ASUP, Dr. Anderson Ezeibe, and the Chairman, ASUU FUTMinna, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, confirmed this in separate interviews with our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday.

Stechitegist news reported that the two unions are currently on strike following the inability of the government to meet their demands including the payment of minimum wage arrears and release of revitalisation funds, among others.

While ASUU commenced its strike on February 14, 2022, ASUP is currently on an initial two-week warning strike.

Confirming the payment on Thursday, Ezeibe, however, said that was just the beginning.

He said, “The government has started responding. They just started paying the salary/minimum wage arrears, the one they have refused to pay.

“However, that is just one of the demands, so we have not reached anywhere. They have not attended to the others, but I can confirm that people have started receiving alerts of the arrears owed.”

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Also, Bolarin, said, “Some of my members got alert of their minimum wage arrears; their salaries are still pending.”

ASUU Strike Update Today, Saturday 21st May, 2022

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