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ASUU Strike: Don’t Pay Lecturers Who Are On Strike, FG Orders Schools

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ASUU Strike Latest: Following the strike declaration of public universities, the federal government, Saturday mandated all the vice-chancellors to stop the payment of any lecturer who embarks on strike and neglects his duty. This no-work-no-pay rule was contained in a memo issued to universities and inter-varsity centres by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Signed by S.B. Ramon-Yusuf, director, research, information and technology, the memo instructed that any attempt to pay the workers’ salaries from any other sources would be termed as a violation of extant rules and government’s directives.

Earlier: The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) recently warned that the ongoing strike by its members may last for a prolonged time as no concrete resolution has been reached in the negotiation with the Federal Government. The president of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi called on parents and students to show understanding and solidarity with the union as this is towards saving Nigeria’s university system from collapse.

Earlier: The Meeting by the Federal Government and leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities yesterday Monday 26th, 2018 also ended in deadlock just as the first meeting. Botht parties were unable to reach a middle ground. This implies that the strike by the lecturers continues as the meeting could not conclude on whether ASUU should return to work or not.

Earlier: The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday, vowed to continue the ongoing strike until the Federal Government meets or agree to meet all its demands. Reacting to a comment by the Minister of Labour and productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, that the strike action by the union is political, the Chairman, of ASUU University of Ibadan, Chapter Dr Deji Omole, clarified that the strike was declared over alleged failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to fulfil the content of the Memorandum of Action it signed with the Union in 2017.

Earlier: The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to jeopardise the chances of Muhammadu Buhari winning the 2019 presidential election if the President refuses to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU). This was disclosed by the NANS’ National Public Relations Officer, Azeez Adeyemi, on Monday after a peaceful protest by the association in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Earlier: Indications show that the ASUU strike action embarked upon by the Aacademic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will still continue for a while as the meeting, held yesterday, with the Federal Government ended in a deadlock. No compromise or decision was reached after the meeting to end the ASUU Strike, which began 3 p.m and ended 8:15 p.m on Tuesday. The meeting will continue next week.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, however stated that government’s discussion with ASUU will continue next week. According to Ngige the delay in calling ASUU for a discussion was caused by the mimimum wage negotiation.

Earlier: The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will today hold a crucial meeting with the Federal Government to over the ongoing strike action by the union. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m., and was called at the instance of the Minister of education, Adamu Adamu, and the government’s negotiating team.

The president of ASUU Biodun Ogunyemi confirmed that the FG has invited the union to a meeting adding that the meeting will determine the seriousness of the Federal Government towards ending the strike.

Earlier: The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has stated that the union is ready to negotiate with government toward ending its one-week old industrial action. This was disclosed by the President of the union Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who was a guest on TVC News Breakfast show on Tuesday. He frowned at the attitude of the FG towards the demands of the lecturers.

Earlier
: The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed that the federal government is yet to invite the union to any form of negotiation towards resolving the strike. This was revealed by the president of the union, Biodun Ogunyem in a telephone chat with news men. Mr Ogunyemi said the union has placed a memorandum before the government on how universities can be funded, but nothing has been done on it.

Earlier: According to reports, the Nigerian Senate is currently making efforts to ensure the ASUU strike is called off for the overall interest of the nation’s education sector and the Nigerian students. The Senate had on Tuesday mandated the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Jibrin Barau, APC, Kano North, to immediately initiate a meeting with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and the leadership of ASUU to have a common ground to resolving the matter.

Earlier: Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have been thrown into dilemma after the school’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) held its congress on Tuesday. Briefing journalists on campus after the congress, Adeola Egbedokun, the branch chairman of the union, reiterated the stance of the national body, that the strike is total.

Earlier: The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing nationwide strike. There was partial compliance by universities across the country on Monday with the nationwide strike called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday. The national President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, had on Sunday night announced the union’s decision to go on an indefinite strike.

Checks by news correspondents, who visited some university campuses, revealed that lecturers were busy with classes and other academic activities in most schools as the strike did not take effect yesterday. Adamu made the appeal on behalf of the Federal Government while addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Earlier: According to renowned newspapers such as the Punch, the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite strike. Specifically, the union accused the government of not implementing the Memorandum of Action signed with it, declaring that the strike would be total as all federal and state varsities would join the strike.

This announcement was made after the National Executive Council meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State on Sunday night. Briefing journalists after the NEC meeting, the National President of the ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said all entreaties made to the Federal Government to honour the agreement with the union fell on deaf ears and they had no other alternative but to begin the strike action.

NOTE: Some schools are usually split when it comes to ASUU strikes. In other words, even if some lecturers in your school join the strike, a few lecturers might still choose to give one or two lectures or assessments before classes get empty. So, do a thorough research or ask around in your school department or faculty and try to find out whether the strike will affect academic activities before you choose to return home or make a decision not to come back to school. We hope the Federal Government resolves things quickly with ASUU, so that academic activities can continue. All the best!

Source: https://nigerianscholars.com/school-news/asuu-strike/

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