ASUU VS FG, Agreed to suspend their strike, which has lasted for three months

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday agreed to suspend their strike, which has lasted for three months.

This comes after ASUU signed all agreements with the Federal Government, following a conciliatory meeting in Abuja.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented the Federal Government, while the lecturers were represented by the union’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi.

According to Ngige, both parties unanimously resolved the eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike.

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ASUU VS FG, Agreed to suspend their strike, which has lasted for three months

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday agreed to suspend their strike, which has lasted for three months.

This comes after ASUU signed all agreements with the Federal Government, following a conciliatory meeting in Abuja.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, represented the Federal Government, while the lecturers were represented by the union’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi.

According to Ngige, both parties unanimously resolved the eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike.

ASUU Strike!!! Again Lecturers, FG’s Meeting with Union Protracted

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have again failed to reach a compromise to end the ongoing strike by the university lecturers.

According to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who addressed newsmen after the closed door meeting with the union on Friday in Abuja said the meeting was protracted.

He said, “The meeting was protracted, but the good news is that we have gotten to the end of the tunnel.

“We met them half way and we have finished the gray areas and on the issue of N50 billion, we have offered what we have.

“We do not have N50 billion and we cannot do N50 billion, but we have offered them something reasonable.

“So they have to take it back, and go and present to their members.”

Ngige, however, expressed hope that students would return to school soon, saying “We will know when they will go back by Thursday”.

Earlier, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President said the meeting had been adjourned to Feb. 7.

“So, far on the level of progress made so far, I cannot tell you that now until I tell my members.

“It is the feedback of the last meeting we came to present to government today.

“But right now, we have a new set of information that we have to go and present to our members until we tell our members, we cannot tell you,” he said.

Mr David Ogbonna Pleads With ASUU To End Strike In The Interest Of Students

An educationist, Mr David Ogbonna, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing nationwide strike in the interest of students in the country.

Ogbonna, who is the Proprietor of Sunshine Primary and Secondary School, Nsukka, Enugu State, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ((NAN) on Thursday.

According to the proprietor, ASUU should consider the plight of the students whose academic future is hanging in the balance.

ASUU embarked on strike in November, 2018 to demand, among others, N1.1 trillion funding for universities.

“Some students have missed their graduation time, while others cannot be mobilised for National Youth Service Corps as a result of the ongoing nationwide strike.”

“I plead with the union leadership and the Federal Government to resolve their disagreements to enable students to return to classes,” he said.

ASUU Strike: Students protest, threaten to disrupt 2019 polls

Tertiary institution students have threatened to disrupt the general elections if the Federal Government fails to settle issues with the Academic Staff Union of Universities and end the ongoing ASUU strike before the polls.
While calling ASUU and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics to resolve their problems with the Federal Government, the students said they would disrupt the elections if nothingwas done about the strike.
The protesters comprising NANS South-East and South-South chapters barricaded the expressway to express their displeasure at the lingering strike.
They carried placards of various inscriptions such as “ASUU/ASUP strike, another way to increase crime”, “ No resumption, no elections”, “We are tired of endless negotiations”, “End strike now” and “Save education, end strike now”.
Addressing the press thereafter, NANS Zone B coordinator, Okereke Godson, said the students would not stay at home while the country holds elections.
He said,” We will chase away voters on election day if the Federal Government fails to agree terms with ASUU and end the strike.
“Nigeria students are tired of staying at home doing nothing while the elections hold. We are calling on the Federal Government to negotiate with ASUU to end the strike or forget about the 2019 elections.”

Nigeria Higher institutions Begs Academic Body To Resume Work, And Blast Buhari Government Officials

Nigeria higher institutions beg academic body to resume work, and blast Buhari government officials

The Council of Higher Institutions, COHI, has called on the Academic
Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, “not to delay its resumption any
longer.”

COHI coordinator, Mr. Taofeek Iyanda, while urging the striking
academic body to call off its industrial action, lamented that
students were suffering the effects of their action.

In a statement he signed and forwarded to DAILY POST on Wednesday,
Iyanda recalled that both the Federal Government and ASUU have
reportedly reached an agreement but the academic body ought to consult
its zones before taking any action.

Iyanda also urged the zonal congress of ASUU to agree to the
suspension of the strike, adding that it was a known fact that the
union was fighting a just cause.

He said, “The strike is simply a means to turn the current and
upcoming generation into half-baked literates, who would not have
adequate and the required professional competencies to challenge the
world development.

“If the government and ASUU allow this matter to linger on, the
implication will come in the way of degradation in the value of
education in the country, premature labour forces in the labour
market, and retrogression in research and development of the country.”

He accused government officials of using the strike as a means of
promoting private institutions owned by their cronies.

“If you recall that the Universities of Atiku and Obasanjo were opened
during the ASUU strikes that came up in their administration, you will
be tempted to accuse some government officials of frustrating the
resumption of ASUU,” he added.

He, however, disagreed with the National Association of Nigerian
Students, NANS, on the outcome a meeting with President Muhammadu
Buhari.

“We are highly disappointed at the national leadership of the NANS
during their meeting with the President of Federal Republic of
Nigeria, Muhammad Buhari.

“We therefore want to place our stand as the Council of Higher
Institutions, which coordinates the affairs of the Muslim Students in
Higher Institutions in Lagos State that, we are opposing the NANS
national stand and we see this to be one of the worst thing an
administration can do to the educational system of the country.

“Both NANS and its meeting have yielded nothing to the current
situation of the ongoing strike of ASUU which has caused a total shut
down in the academic activities of federal and state Universities in
the country.

“The leadership has done only one thing, trade of our interest for
their personal interests. NANS was created to protect the interest of
Nigeria students. But unfortunate they’ve lost their focus, they are
not worthy to be referred to as a students Union,” Iyanda said.

ASUU: Federal Government Has Approved Over N35.4 Billion For The Striking Academic Staff Union Of Universities

Academic activities may resume in public universities next week, as Federal Government has approved over N35.4 billion for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

In a resolution reached tonight between the Federal Government and the leadership of ASUU at the Conference Hall, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja, the government announced that Federal Ministry of Finance and Accountant General of the Federation have confirmed payment of N15.389.940,335.71 billion to accommodate payment of shortfall in all institutions.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige also said that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of N20 billion for payment of outstanding arrears of the 2009 and 2012 Earned Academic Allowances to the already verified university system.

According to him, ASUU is expected to meet with ASUU National Executive Council, NEC and to return back to Government between Wednesday, 9th or Thursday, 10th January, 2019 to sign relevant agreements reached by the parties.