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ASUU Strike Latest Update April 2023 | ASUU STRIKE Set To Continue In Universities
The Students’ wing of Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), on Thursday, demanded the immediate resignation of Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, over his alleged failure to bring to an end the current strike by members of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities.
According to the students, Federal Government seemed not to be bothered about their future and about the negative effects that strikes had been having on them. The students stated that the government, in particular the Minister of Education, lacks the political will, capacity and willingness to bring the matter to an end, as such he should resign with immediate effect.
The students’ wing of the Coalition declared that if the government fails to find an immediate solution to the strike, its members would collaborate with the National Association of Nigerian Students in its proposed ‘National Day of Action’, to ensure total shutdown of the country.
Excerpts of an address by their National Coordinator, Jamilu Charanchi reads, “The Students’ wing of the Coalition of Northern Groups is worried that the four-week warning strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities is already in its third week, with no hope for a resolution in sight, while our universities remain shut. We are concerned at the frequency of the disruption of the Nigerian education system that keeps frustrating the ambitions and aspirations of the youths to acquire knowledge.
“Sadly, this strike is the second industrial action embarked on by ASUU in less than two years, and the 16th since the inception of the fourth republic democracy in 1999.
“Failure of the government to resolve the matter within the stipulated time, the CNG Students’ wing will join hands with NANS in ensuring total shutdown of the country.
“In line with the above, we hereby direct all National Excos, State structures, Campus structures, Faculty Senators and Departmental Ambassadors to commence massive public mobilisation in readiness for an impending National Day.”
MINISTER OF LABOUR’S UPDATE
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has given an update over the ongoing negotiation between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities. He gave the update while speaking to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting with the president.
He stated that the President after consultation with some stakeholders including the National Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) had mandated him to find a quick solution to the strike.
He said a meeting had been held with ASUU with another one planned for Tuesday, adding that the two areas that have not had issues properly analysed are earned allowances and revitalization, otherwise, timelines have been put on most of the other things.
He said a timeline had been given for the draft proposal the union has at the ministry of education for their conditions of service and wages to be concluded.
The minister said when the relevant committee headed by chair of pro-chancellors submits its report, it will be looked at in conjunction with the National Salaries and Wages Commission to make sure that the allowances so proposed do not run counter to government extant fixtures.
According to Ngige, the Federal Government had so far paid over N92 billion as earned allowances and revitalization fees to federal-owned universities across the country. He said this was part of the implementation of the 2020 December agreement reached with ASUU.
Regarding the introduction of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution payment platform as preferred by ASUU instead of the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, the minister said the matter would be revisited.
“UTAS, which the universities developed has been subjected to test by the body responsible for that, Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), which ran a user acceptance test also called integrity and vulnerability test, but in their report, they pointed out to ASUU, the areas of lapses in that platform, which will not make it usable as presently configured.
“But ASUU has written back to NITDA to say that some of those observations were not correct,” he said.
According to Ngige, arrangements have now been concluded for the technical teams of NITDA and ASUU to meet and jointly conduct or repeat the test on the UTAS platform, so as to find a solution to the impasse.
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To me is like a person sick (because the academic system is sick) is taking to already died person (because we don’t have government in Nigeria)
I just weak
A N Ukoma says
For me Integrity on the part of Government and Government officials is what matters. If government will not say yes and do yes then hope is lost. It is a pity that those who were once Students are now the master of their Masters. If God wants it so let it be so
A N Ukoma says
Say Yes and do not do Yes nope is lost
hope akpan says
God please speak for those who can afford private and feign university especially the poor
I am afraid but that prayer is the best right now for us
B.I. LOVETH says
ONLY GOD WILL HELP US IN THIS COUNTRY
The matter is really annoying @loveth
Emmy Christ says
I dont really know why u are asking me
Hope it has been fully suspended sha
May God Help and save this country from unnecessary strike, above all the pandemic should be over, i am missing school……………
i am tired of staying home . may God help us 2021