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May Day: Workers’ Conditions Have Worsened Under Buhari – ASUU, Atiku
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May Day: Workers’ Conditions Have Worsened Under Buhari – ASUU, Atiku

The University of Ibadan chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, on Friday, lamented the plight of Nigerian workers, saying their conditions had worsened under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd). ASUU said corruption and insecurity were the trademarks of the Buhari. The ASUU Chairman, UI, Prof Ayoola Akinwole, in a statement to mark the International Workers’ Day on Saturday (today), said the workers’ conditions had worsened under Buhari. The statement titled ‘Buhari-led administration: The real enemy of Nigerian workers’ urged all workers to rise in defence of the dignity of labour and “resist the flagrant disregard for human rights and the rule of law in the country.” “We must res...
Ekiti University Lifts Ban On ASUU, Others
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Ekiti University Lifts Ban On ASUU, Others

The Governing Council of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti (EKSU) has lifted the ban placed on four labour unions in the institution. The workers’ bodies include the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Union of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic (NAAT) Technologist and Non-academic Staff Union(NASU). The Governing Council last Friday proscribed the labour unions until further notice and suspended academic activities following continuous strike action embarked upon which disrupted activities on campus. The university came under heavy attacks for proscribing the unions as its decision generated array of condemnation from parents of students, the general public and the national secretariat of the four proscribed labour unions....
ASUU Faults Netherlands For Rejecting Nigeria Degrees & Accepting Ghana Degrees
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ASUU Faults Netherlands For Rejecting Nigeria Degrees & Accepting Ghana Degrees

A University in Amsterdam is in trouble for rejecting degrees from Nigeria, whiles accepting degrees from Ghana and South Africa The Academic State Union of Universities of Nigeria has said Nigerian graduates have what it takes to compete favourably with their peers from any part of the world. This was in reaction to recent information on the website of The School of Business in Amsterdam University, Netherlands, which said, “An African bachelor’s degree is generally the equivalent of 2 years of academic education in the Netherlands.” “For eligibility, applicants with an African bachelor’s degree (except for South-Africa and Ghana) will need a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in the field of Economics and Business, in order to be eligible for one of our M.Sc programmes.” ...
EKSU Governing Council Proscribes Union Activities, Shuts Down School
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EKSU Governing Council Proscribes Union Activities, Shuts Down School

The Governing Council of Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti has directed the immediate closure of the University. The Council has also proscribed all the Staff Unions in the Institution that make up the Joint Action Committee (ASUU, NASU, SSANU & NAAT). A statement by the University Spokesman, Bode Olofinmuagun predicated the moves on alleged disruption of lawful activities on campus which have endangered lives and property in the last one week. Consequently, all students have been advised to vacate the campus immediately . Earlier, The meeting between Joint Action Committee comprising all Staff of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti & Ekiti State Government on Friday Evening ended in a deadlock with Representatives of the workers walking out of the meeting after t...
National Assembly Proposes 235 New Tertiary Institutions, Despite Cash Crunch
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National Assembly Proposes 235 New Tertiary Institutions, Despite Cash Crunch

Bills are at different stages of legislative activities at the National Assembly for the establishment of 235 new federal universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and specialised institutions despite poor funding of the existing federal tertiary institutions. Checks by Daily Trust show that the federal government currently has 119 universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics. Various labour unions in the tertiary institutions and the federal government often haggle over salaries and other school running costs, hence frequent strikes by staff of the institutions. In 2020, a strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over a payroll system and condition of the universities lasted nine months. Not long after ASUU ended its strike, ano...
Strike: ASUU Denies Fresh Notice To Shut Down Universities
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Strike: ASUU Denies Fresh Notice To Shut Down Universities

ASUU president Professor Biodun Ogunyemi denied claims that the union will embark on another industrial action - According to Ogunyemi, the union is effectively engaging the federal government Following claims that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may embark on another industrial action, the union has come out to refute the claims. Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president in an interview with Tribune Online on Sunday, March 21, explained that the union has not issued a notice for any industrial action for now. According to him, he wasn't aware of any plan to embark on a fresh strike. He also stressed that ASUU has been in talks with the federal government concerning outstanding issues arising from the last strike. The ASUU president people are free to expres...
Some ASUU Demands Can’t Be Met Now, Says FG
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Some ASUU Demands Can’t Be Met Now, Says FG

The Federal Government has faulted the fresh notice by the Academic Staff Union of Universities to embark on a fresh strike barely four months after calling off a 10-month industrial action. The government said any person conceiving a strike after close to one year of downing tools would be doing a disservice to students “because government is a continuum.” The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who stated this in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, said it had been difficult for the government to run the lives of over 200 million people with less than $70m a day in earnings. He said, “Whoever is conceiving a strike after being on a strike for close to one year is damaging the studentship because government is a continuum. Even if we are not in power today, ano...
Universities Will Be Shut Down Again Over Non-Payment Of Salaries – ASUU To FG
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Universities Will Be Shut Down Again Over Non-Payment Of Salaries – ASUU To FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has threatened to resume its suspended strike over non-payment of salaries and alleged victimisation of members. The chairman, University of Ibadan branch of ASUU, Prof. Ayo Akinwole, in a statement on Sunday asked Nigerians to blame the Federal Government if universities are shut down again. Akinwole decried that despite agreeing to ASUU’s condition before the strike was suspended on December 24, 2020, many lecturers are still being owed salaries of between two and 10 months. ASUU had called off its nine-month strike after the FG agreed to its conditions. However, within two weeks of the conditional suspension of the nine-month strike embarked upon by ASUU, the Federal Government reportedly flouted the agreements.It was l...
OAU Cancels 2020/2021 Session, To Resume 2019/2020 Session February 8
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OAU Cancels 2020/2021 Session, To Resume 2019/2020 Session February 8

The management of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, has fixed resumption of the 2019/2020 academic session for February 8, 2021. Academic activities were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, and a strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) . OAU spokesperson, Abiodun Olarewaju, said in statement that the Senate met on Tuesday, January 19 to approve numerous decisions including the cancellation of the 2020/2021 academic session. While the 2019/2020 academic session resumes on February 8, only final year students in the Faculty of Pharmacy, Clinical Students in the College of Health Sciences, and year four students in the Faculty of Agriculture are allowed to resume residence. “All other students are to attend their classes virtually,”...
Plateau State University ASUU Commences Indefinite Strike
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Plateau State University ASUU Commences Indefinite Strike

The Plateau State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has commenced an indefinite strike action. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ASUU chapter said it embarked on strike due to insecurity, poor infrastructural development and arrears of earned allowances for its members amounting to over N215 million. Dr Pamson Bentse, chairman of the union in the university, disclosed this on Friday, January 15, in Jos. He said the decision to proceed on strike was reached after its congress meeting, held at the University’s main campus, in Bokkos. Bentse explained that the union had been pressing for these demands for the past three years, but nothing had been done to address them. He also complained about the absence of a Governing C...
₦40 Billion Allowance: ASUU Defends Sharing Formula, Varsity Workers Protest
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₦40 Billion Allowance: ASUU Defends Sharing Formula, Varsity Workers Protest

Non-academic unions in universities and the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday differed on the Federal Government’s N40bn earned allowance for the institutions’ workers. While ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with The PUNCH, justified the the amount promised lecturers out the N40bn, non-academic unions described the Federal Government’s sharing formula as illogical and a divide and rule tactic. The unions spoke as protests by non-academic staff over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the N40bn earned allowance rocked university towns across the country on Tuesday. The Federal Government had, on December 22, as part of agreements reached with ASUU, promised to release N40bn earned allowance to universities. The academic...
Vice Chancellors Counter ASUU, Say Universities Can Resume
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Vice Chancellors Counter ASUU, Say Universities Can Resume

Vice-Chancellors of some federal and state universities in Nigeria have expressed readiness to reopen schools. Though the Academic Staff Union of Universities had said that varsities were not ready for reopening, the VCs said they had planned to reopen their institutions as directed by the Federal Government. One of the VCs of a federal university in the South-West told our correspondent that it was wrong for ASUU to claim that there were no guidelines for reopening varsities. Apart from the scare arising from the second wave of COVID-19, another VC said some of them (VCs) had planned to stagger resumption. “I think ASUU should begin to speak to facts. Inasmuch as we do not want the COVID-19 outbreak on our campuses, we had our plans. Some academic activities can resume for c...
Don’t Use Us As Bait – ASUU Warns Other Staff Unions
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Don’t Use Us As Bait – ASUU Warns Other Staff Unions

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, or any other union should not use it as bait to get anything from the government. ASUU, therefore, advised NAAT or any other staff union to fight their battles their ways. The Chairman, University of Lagos, UNILAG chapter of ASUU, who is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the union, Dr. Dele Ashiru, stated this on Sunday while reacting to claims by NAAT expressing displeasure with the sharing arrangement of the N40 billion released by the Federal Government as Earned Academic Allowances for university workers. “Who pays the Earned Academic Allowances, is it ASUU or the government? In the first instance, ASUU presented its demands to the governmen...
Bayero University Kano Cancels 2019-2020 Academic Session
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Bayero University Kano Cancels 2019-2020 Academic Session

The Senate of Bayero University Kano (BUK) on Monday January 4, approved the cancelation of 2019-2020 sessions for all Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in the institution. The announcement was conveyed in a memo signed by the university registrar Fatima Binta-Mohammed, and released barely two weeks after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its nine-month old strike across public universities of the country. Daily Trust reported that before ASUU embarked on a strike in March 2020, BUK had already completed its mid-semester break for first semester of 2019/2020 academic session for undergraduates, while the postgraduate students had just resumed for the session. The school has now announced that the new academic session for undergraduates will begin ...
FG Reportedly Fails To Honour Pact With ASUU
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FG Reportedly Fails To Honour Pact With ASUU

Two weeks after suspending their nine-month-old strike, university teachers have accused the Federal Government of reneging on the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The dons, in a statement, said the government was yet to pay their December salaries, while “illegal” deductions were still to be refunded. In the release, the union said the government had “again failed to honour its agreement on payment of not only outstanding salaries of members ranging from five to eight months; Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) and check off dues illegally deducted before December 31, 2020.” The lecturers had embarked on strike in March 2020 over government’s refusal to honour the agreement reached with ASUU in 2009 that revolves around university revitalis...
No Resumption Until FG Pays Withheld Salaries – ASUU
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No Resumption Until FG Pays Withheld Salaries – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday said it would not end the strike it embarked on until government paid all the salaries of its members it withheld. The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent in Lagos, said government should not expect the lecturers to resume without paying the withheld salaries. Recall that there were reports on November 27 that the union had agreed to end its strike following the Federal Government’s promise to release N70bn to ASUU as earned allowance. But Ogunyemi on Sunday explained that the members were still consulting and at the same time waiting for the government to fulfil its promise of releasing members’ withheld salaries. “We are still consulting; we have not finished consultat...
ASUU explains why it hasn’t called off its eight months old strike
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ASUU explains why it hasn’t called off its eight months old strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has said it will not be calling off its eight months old strike until the Federal government pays all withheld salaries and fulfills all of the offers made to the union thus far.   The Federal government, in its latest offers to ASUU leadership, pledged to pay N40 billion as Earned Allowance and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system, bringing the total payment to N70 billion. The government also agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 2020, but after due consultation with the government side.   The Federal government also accepted the demand by ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending the approval of their...
ASUU Strike: Nigerian Govt Sets Up New Committee To Renegotiate 2009 Agreements
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ASUU Strike: Nigerian Govt Sets Up New Committee To Renegotiate 2009 Agreements

As part of efforts to end the eight-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government has reconstituted its team to renegotiate the 2009 agreements with lecturers, others. Before reconstituting the 2009 committee, which is one of the demands of the striking university lecturers, the former committee was headed by the former pro-chancellor of the University of Lagos ( UNILAG), Wale Babalakin. Other demands of the lecturers include providing funding for the revitalization of universities, earned allowance, the constitution of visitation panels, payment of shortfall in salaries of lecturers, and a stop to the use of the payment platform, IPPIS, for payment of the salaries and allowances of lecturers. PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr Babalaki...
No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU
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No Agreement Yet To Suspend Strike ― ASUU

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has denied a news report that it agreed to call off the ongoing strike after meeting with the Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Friday. The Federal Government at the meeting at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowances EA to university based unions and funding for the revitalization of public universities from N65 billion to N70 billion. There was news report that ASUU has given an indication that the meeting, the strike which started since March would soon be called off after a meeting with the leadership of union and its organs. According to the report, the university teachers agreed to call off ...
ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike, To Receive N70bn
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ASUU Agrees To Call Off Strike, To Receive N70bn

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to call of its eight-month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities. The union leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday. The government also pledged to pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalisation of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion. The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31. This is happening one week after the Federal Government accepted the demand by the ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System pending the approval of t...
ASUU Strike: Ngige Expresses Optimism As Another Meeting With Lecturers Begins
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ASUU Strike: Ngige Expresses Optimism As Another Meeting With Lecturers Begins

The federal government on Friday continued negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to put an end to the eight-month-old strike action. ASUU embarked on a nationwide strike on March 23 to demand “revitalisation allowance”, earned academic allowances, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, visitation panels, among other demands. Premium Times reported how the federal government, last Friday, made some concessions to the striking university lecturers through their union. The government offered N65 billion to Nigerian universities to address some of the lecturers’ demands. The government also agreed to pay the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS. The N65 billion seeks to address the ...
ASUU Divided Over FG’s Offer To End Strike
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ASUU Divided Over FG’s Offer To End Strike

ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) branches are divided over whether to accept the Federal Government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike. The union will harmonise the positions of zones and branches at a meeting in Abuja today. With some branches insisting that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote. The Ahmadu Bello University branch agreed with the government on the N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA). The branch, however, called for payment of the allowance before the strike will be called off. Lecturers at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Delta State, said negotiations with the Federal Government must be concluded before the strike is call...
Strike: Why ASUU Should Accept FG’s Offer — Ngige
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Strike: Why ASUU Should Accept FG’s Offer — Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities will accept the new offer by the Federal Government and end the eight-month strike which began in March. He urged ASUU to hasten consultations with its members in order to return to the negotiation table before Friday. “I feel that even this offer is one of the best they have ever gotten since I started conciliation with them. I do not see why they should not accept it. Everything they asked for has been granted. I don’t think they should say the offer is not good. “But I told them before they left that asking the nation and the students to wait from Friday to Friday is unfair, they should come back to us by Tuesday. They have done that before when we...
I Have Three Children In Public Universities – Ngige
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I Have Three Children In Public Universities – Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has restated the commitment of Federal Government to end the eight-month strike embarked on by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. He described as untrue, comments that government officials have been foot-draggers in the ongoing negotiations with the university lecturers because their children school abroad. Ngige said, “I have three biological children in public schools. They are in public schools; they are not in private universities. Unlike ASUU members who have most of their children in private universities, three of mine are here. So, I am a very big stakeholder in the public tertiary school system.” The minister, who spoke on an Arise TV interview monitored by The PUNCH, added, “So, when ASUU says politicia...
ASUU Strike – FG Will Continue To Pay ASUU Through IPPIS, UTAS Doesn’t Have Hardware Backing – Ngige
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ASUU Strike – FG Will Continue To Pay ASUU Through IPPIS, UTAS Doesn’t Have Hardware Backing – Ngige

THE Federal Government has said that for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS, to be used as an alternative platform to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, there must be a hardware backing the system. The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, had opposed the introduction of IPPIS as the payment platform, claiming that it did not take care of their peculiarities and had came up with UTAS. But the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has said that even if the UTAS passed the integrity test, it required the hardware to protect it against hacking and other challenges that could affect its efficiency. Speaking to State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari a...
Payment Platform Crisis: FG May Drop IPPIS For ASUU, Others As Opposition Grows
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Payment Platform Crisis: FG May Drop IPPIS For ASUU, Others As Opposition Grows

There were indications on Sunday that the Federal Government might adopt any payment platform developed in universities as an alternative to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. The spokesman for the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, who gave this indication in an interview with The PUNCH, however, gave conditions for adopting any payment platform apart from the IPPIS. According to him, the platform must be capable of eliminating ghost workers’ syndrome and other forms of corruption in payment of salaries. Akpan stated this as opposition to the IPPIS grew on Sunday when unions including the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, the Non-Academic Staff Union and the Petroleum and Natural Ga...
Strike: We Will Explore Other Options If ASUU Remains Adamant – Ngige
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Strike: We Will Explore Other Options If ASUU Remains Adamant – Ngige

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that the prolonged strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities will be resolved by next week when the Federal Government team meets the union leaders again. He, however, said if the matter was not resolved by then, he would explore the provisions in the labour law and other channels. Government had previously appealed to the union to call off the strike. The union had on March 24 2020 embarked on an indefinite strike over the failure of the Federal Government to keep to the 2019 Memorandum of Action between them as well as the lingering disagreement over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System that ASUU rejected. Speaking on Politics Today on Channels Telev...
Mr Education?: BBNaija’s Prince Asks Bashir Ahmad Why ASUU Strike Is Still Ongoing
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Mr Education?: BBNaija’s Prince Asks Bashir Ahmad Why ASUU Strike Is Still Ongoing

Following the impasse between the FG & ASUU on the ongoing Nationwide strike that is about 8 months old; Nigerians have brought up an old tweet from President Buhari's PA on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, posted on June 20 2019. Bookmark this tweet. This second tenure of President @MBuhari is going to be education, education and education. Schools will be upgraded. Our basic education system will be improved. Education will be priority. Number of out-of-school will be drastically reduced. Ex-BBN Season 5 Housemate, Prince Enwerem did react to the tweet. This is the 9month since ASUU has been on strike and nothing seems to be done about it. Why is this so Mr education? @BashirAhmaad
We’re Addressing ASUU Strike Holistically – Ngige To Senators
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We’re Addressing ASUU Strike Holistically – Ngige To Senators

MINISTER of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on Wednesday said the Federal Government was addressing the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, holistically to ensure that all other unions in the university system were carried along. The Minister said this while defending the budget of his Ministry before the Senate Committee on Labour and Employment. Reacting to the concerns expressed by the senators on the prolonged ASUU strike, Senator Ngige told the committee that the Federal Government has met most of the demands of the union. According to him, “Out of the eight demands of ASUU, the government has solved five. We have made N50 billion available. A total sum of N20 billion for the revitalisation of the universities and N30 billion for Earned ...
Crack In ASUU As Members Want End To Strike
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Crack In ASUU As Members Want End To Strike

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have pleaded with the federal government to have mercy their children and those of ordinary Nigerians bearing the brunt of the protracted strike by quickly attending to their demands to enable them resume immediately. The union had in March, 2020 embarked on the industrial action to press for their demands and kick against the use of force by the federal government to enroll its members on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). But eight months into the nationwide strike, the federal government has remained adamant about getting committed to meeting their demands, while the union is insisting it will not call off the strike. Addressing a press conference at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-...
Taraba University ASUU Organises Prayer Session Over Strike
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Taraba University ASUU Organises Prayer Session Over Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Taraba State University Chapter, on Wednesday, organised prayer sessions for God’s intervention over the prolonged nationwide strike and their internal issues. Tribune Online reports that Christian and Muslim members of the union held prayer sessions at different venues at the same time crying to God for intervention. Mr Mbave Garba, the former Vice Chairman of the union told Journalists at the end of the sessions that what was happening to public universities in the country was not ordinary, hence the need to turn to God. “We have no other choice at this point than to turn to God for intervention because we have exhausted all other means to resolve the issues in vein. “Apart from the nationwide strike action over IPPIS and o...
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Strike: FG, ASUU Meeting Ends In Deadlock Again

THE meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the poor funding of Universities and the controversy surrounding the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, payment platform, yesterday ended without any resolution. This is as the Federal Government at the meeting which held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja, said it cannot afford the N110 billion demanded by the ASUU for funding of revitalisation of universities. Speaking at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige told journalists that the government cannot meet the demand of ASUU of revitalisation because of the damaging effects of COVID-19 on the economy. Senator Ngige disclo...
IPPIS: Some Lecturers Got Excess Salaries, Had To Refund – Emeka Nwajiuba
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IPPIS: Some Lecturers Got Excess Salaries, Had To Refund – Emeka Nwajiuba

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said some lecturers got excess salaries and had to refund it back to the government. He disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today amid the controversy trailing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), a policy that has been faulted by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). “I think it is a lie to say the government has not paid them in eight months. It will be unfair to the government and wouldn’t be necessary to bring that kind of argument because some people may have different levels,” he said. “Some people even got salaries that were not adequate. Some people over got and had to refund. There were so many issues with it.” When asked when the un...
Past govt responsible for persistent ASUU strike – Education minister, Adamu Adamu, says
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Past govt responsible for persistent ASUU strike – Education minister, Adamu Adamu, says

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has blamed a previous administration for the persistent strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.   Nigerian Universities have been closed for eight months after ASUU declared an indefinite strike in March this year. The union's president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, who announced the strike at a press conference, said the strike is over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System and the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement.   While fielding questions from guests at a Town Hall meeting in  Bauchi state on Monday, November 2nd, Adamu said that the insolvable problem that had resulted in incessant strikes by ASUU was that a past administration sat down with ASUU and agreed on some conditions that it would...
Seven-month Strike Lingers As ASUU, Govt Fight Over Payment Platform
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Seven-month Strike Lingers As ASUU, Govt Fight Over Payment Platform

The Federal Government on Sunday criticised the Academic Staff Union Universities, saying issues concerning seven-month strike by the union were confusing. The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who stated this in an interview with one of correspondents in Abuja, accused the union of muddling things up over the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. But in its response, the union said government wanted to turn Nigerians against university lecturers. Recall that ASUU had on March 23 begun an indefinite strike over the Federal Government’s insistence on implementing the IPPIS, which the government said all its employees must adopt for their salaries to be paid. Besides opposing the IPPIS, union also accused the Federal Government of not abiding by ...
Strike: FG Making Smooth Negotiation Difficult —ASUU
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Strike: FG Making Smooth Negotiation Difficult —ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has accused the Federal Government of frustrating efforts to resolve issues that led to the ongoing strike action embarked upon by the lecturers. The National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said this on Politics Today, a programme aired on Channels Television and monitored by our correspondent. He explained that the Federal Government has refused to take the necessary steps in addressing the strike action. According to him, the delay in adopting ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, is one of the major reasons why the strike has not been suspended. He said, “The strike is still on as a result of the FG not taking the necessary steps. We gave them two weeks to address our five points dem...
IPPIS: FG Paid Some Professors N8,000 As Monthly Salary – Abiodun Ogunyemi
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IPPIS: FG Paid Some Professors N8,000 As Monthly Salary – Abiodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday said it is yet to call off its ongoing strike because the federal government has made a smooth negotiation very impossible. Disclosing this on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’ monitored by Daily Independent , the national body of the university lecturers, led by its President, Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi said that they are waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), a homegrown payment platform created by ASUU in place of the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). Ogunyemi said due to the IPPIS structure, some university lecturers are losing up to 70 percent of their salaries while some professors re...
Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform
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Again, FG, ASUU Unable To Agree On Payment Platform

For the second time in one week, the meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked on Wednesday  as they failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowance of the university lecturers. The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment,  Chris Ngige,  had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll-out of ASUU’s preferred platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution. But the ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, insisted that the payment should be made through the UTAS. Seq...
ASUU Strike Will Continue As Long As FG Withholds Our Salaries – Ogunyemi
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ASUU Strike Will Continue As Long As FG Withholds Our Salaries – Ogunyemi

Despite pleas by stakeholders and Nigerian students to end the strike, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, in this interview with IYABO LAWAL, insists that schools will remain shut until issues of members’ salaries and revitalisation are settled. What is the update on the seven-month strike embarked on by university teachers? Nothing has changed significantly. We have presented our issues. We started with five, and we now have six issues. These are revitalisaton of universities; renegotiation of 2009 agreement; visitation panels to universities; proliferation of universities, particularly by state governments and of course Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) of members. The starting point is to say that those were outst...
FG Slams ASUU For Using UTAS As Condition For Ending Strike
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FG Slams ASUU For Using UTAS As Condition For Ending Strike

Ministry of Education's spokesperson, Ben Goong, said the demand of the body is ridiculous - Goong further stressed that ASUU cannot dictate how varsity lecturers should be paid their salaries. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has come under attack as the federal government described the condition set by the body before it can end its strike as "unreasonable." It would be recalled that ASUU said it would end the strike action after its home-grown University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) has passed the federal government's integrity test. Speaking in an interview with The Punch, the association's national leader and president, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, gave the assurance with questions popping up on when the lecturers will resume back to cla...
Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike – ASUU
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Why We Haven’t Called Off Strike – ASUU

THE Academic Staff Union of Universities has said it has yet to call off its ongoing strike because it is waiting for the government to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution. The UTAS is the payment platform created by ASUU in place of government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in an interview with The PUNCH said the government needed to give the clearance to National Information Technology Development Agency to conduct integrity test on UTAS. “The integrity test will be handled by NITDA, it is government that will facilitate it because NITDA is a government, agency and unless you get clearance from the government that test cannot be conducted.” While speaking on whet...
Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform
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Strike: FG, ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked again on Wednesday, following the disagreement over the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowance of the university lecturers . The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Chris Ngige , had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll - out of ASUU ’ s preferred platform , the University Transparency and Accountability Solution . But the ASUU delegation led by its National President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the university lect would not ...
ASUU Strike: Resolution Of ASUU Branches On FG’s Offer
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ASUU Strike: Resolution Of ASUU Branches On FG’s Offer

Last Week, Federal Government made an offer to ASUU to suspend the 7 months strike. As required by ASUU rules, branches are expected to meet and vote on government’s offer to academics. Government offered to do the following: - release 30 billion out of the 40 billion demanded by ASUU as Earned Academic Allowances EAA before nov 6 2020. The remaining 10 billion Naira will be released in batches between 2021 and 2022. 20 billion university revitalization fund to be made available by January 2020 - streamlining of EAA into monthly salaries. A committee will be set up to conclude their findings before 31st December 2020 -salary renegotiation committee to conclude before 31 December 3020 - UTAS to replace IPPIS for university workers - payment of withheld salaries . We...
Why Do You Want To Spend Money On IPPIS When UTAS Is Free?- ASUU To FG
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Why Do You Want To Spend Money On IPPIS When UTAS Is Free?- ASUU To FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has challenged the Federal Government to tell Nigerians why it prefers to spend money on enrolling workers on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, when the union’s University Transparency and Accountability System, UTAS, can be used for the same purpose free of charge. The National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, threw the challenge on Sunday in a chat with Vanguard. He wondered why the government would insist on wasting scarce public resources on an investment that would in the end fail to meet expectations. “We are close to actualising UTAS’ integrity process. We wonder why the government is insisting on IPPIS that cannot meet expectations in terms of performance. Does it make sense for ...
We Are Ready To Resume – ASUU
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We Are Ready To Resume – ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday, gave an indication that the union will suspend its prolonged strike very soon, as its President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, declared that the varsity lecturers are ready to go back to school. The ASUU President gave the hint even as the Federal Government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, assured it would meet the union demands within time frame it stipulated. Prof Ogunyemi, who was speaking at a meeting between the Federal Government, led by the Labour Minister and ASUU leadership, led by the President, said their members are willing to resume because it is a matter of national interest. He points out that their members also have their children at home, like all other parents who have thei...
ASUU Strike: Students Recruited For #EndSARS Protests — Ngige
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ASUU Strike: Students Recruited For #EndSARS Protests — Ngige

The Federal Government has lamented that university students who should be in the classrooms have been “recruited” to join the ongoing #EndSARS protests. It blamed the development on the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this at a reconciliation meeting between the government and ASUU officials on Thursday in Abuja. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Ngige said, “For the past one week, we have all been on our toes, we have been meeting and we pray that this meeting will yield good fruits. “We don’t take pleasure to the fact that the children who are supposed to be in school are being recruited into the #EndSARS, #EndStrike, #EndSWAT campaigns. “As much as possible, ...
ASUU & FG Meeting Inconclusive, Adjourned
Education

ASUU & FG Meeting Inconclusive, Adjourned

While Mr Ngige led the federal government's team, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the representatives of the lecturers team. Thursday’s conciliatory meeting aimed at putting an end to the strike action embarked upon by university lecturers has been adjourned to October 21. The industrial action, which started over six months ago, is a major reason why universities are yet to resume after the easing of the COVID-19 lockdown. The Thursday meeting was convened as a follow up to the previous meeting held with the Senate leadership on Tuesday, where the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, committed to engaging Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders to iron out the outstanding issues. While Mr Ngige led the federal government’s...
Only University Lecturers On IPPIS Would Get Salaries – Buhari
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Only University Lecturers On IPPIS Would Get Salaries – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has insisted that members of the Association of Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will get salaries. He stated this on Thursday in his annual speech to the joint session of the two Chambers of the National Assembly which is currently ongoing. In the highlight of the 2021 Appropriation budget being presented to the National Assembly, he explained that all sectors of the economy would get attention in 2021 budget allocation, but reiterated the Federal Government’s position on payment of salaries of University lecturers, saying that those lecturers who were captured in the IPPIS will continue to draw their salaries without any hitch. He advised the leadership of ASUU to understand the position of government, which he believes would remove fraud from th...
Strike: ASUU Chairman Asks Nigerian Students For Their Cooperation
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Strike: ASUU Chairman Asks Nigerian Students For Their Cooperation

This was announced via Twitter handle... "Students who are our children and partners in progress should show understanding, what we are asking from the government are in their interest and the interest of the nation, good hostel accommodation, good classroom blocks that can engender effective learning,........#ASUU laboratories where cutting edge research can be carried out and offices that can drive the process of quality university education.#ASUU “So what we are asking of the government are not baseless things, but those things that in 2012, the government conducted during a needs assessment survey and found out that there is widespread rot and decay in the university system."#ASUU

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