Are you among the University undergraduates who are asking “when will asuu call off strike 2020?” Well, we have got you covered. This page will focus mainly on ASUU updates.
This page which was created by Allschool will monitor when ASUU will call OFF the strike they embarked in March 2020. We will always update this page as soon as there’s an ASUU UPDATE.
Sunday October 18th Update: ASUU ready to re-negotiate 2009 agreement with govt
The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), has expressed its willingness to re- enter into fresh negotiations on the 2009 agreement with the Federal Government considering that implementing the agreement might no longer be feasible due to the outbreak of COVID-19
Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Sokoto Zone, Dr. Jamilu Shehu, told The Nation in an exclusive interview in Katsina that whenever the Federal Government invites the union to review the matter, it will certainly honour such invitation
“What I want to put out here is that ASUU is ready for renegotiation, should the government come up to say, look, implementing the 2009 agreement is no longer feasible because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought a lot of challenges.
“If they ask us, ‘can we re- negotiate afresh on that agreement?’ The answer is yes.
“We are just waiting for the invitation. Whatever government has in mind; it is there that it will be discussed. And whatever government comes up with at that time, our representatives cannot say yes or no, it must be brought back to our members for our final say. It is only our NEC that has the right to accept government offer or reject it.”
On the issue of reopening of universities, he noted that ASUU is kicking against the re-opening of universities because it is not convinced about the preparedness of these institutions to comply with stipulated NCDC’s COVID-19 protocols on opening of schools.
He said: “sometimes, you find about 1000 or more than 2000 students. How can social distancing be practiced there and the issue of washing of hands they are talking about. How many universities have good running water systems?
“That is why we are now telling the government, let the universities ensure that they provide all these facilities as stipulated by NCDC, before this schools reopen”
Friday, October 16th Update: ASUU, FG meeting inconclusive adjourned till October 21st
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 team, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the representatives of the lecturers’ union.
Although Thursday’s meeting could not achieve the suspension of the strike, it concluded on the funding for revitalisation of public universities, according to a statement by the labour ministry.
“Government, in spite of the Economic downturn as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, brought an offer of N20 Billion (Twenty BillionNaira) layable by the end of January 2021and ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday 21st October, 2020.”
According to the statement issued by the ministry of labour, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, will continue discussions with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning on its earlier Memo to President Muhammadu Buhari on sources of alternative funding for the revitalization to facilitate the process of additional funding of the university system.
This is with a view to reactivating the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2013 as agreed in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of 2019
Also, in response to the demand by ASUU for the payment of the Earned Allowance due from 2019, totalling N40 Billion, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) committed to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.
Source: Premium Times.
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Thursday, 15th October Update: FG Meeting with ASUU, what you should know
- ASUU and FG had a meeting yesterday (Wednesday) night and it ended in deadlock.
According to Vanguard, below are some excerpts of the meeting; ASUU members had chided the minister and other government officials for coming behind schedule to the meeting contrary to the earlier time slated at 2p.m.
“You scheduled a meeting for 2p.m., you came two hours after; you wasted our time, and you’re still here telling us to take an offer we had rejected. What kind of mess is that?
“See, you are talking to intellectuals, we will respect the constituted authorities as much as we can because that is what we teach in our various institutions.
“But you must stop taking us for granted and stop treating us like kids,” the source quoted the ASUU official to have said.
- They (FG & ASUU) had a meeting today (Thursday), but the outcome is not yet officially known (as at the time of compiling this report).
However, in the early hours of today, ASUU president told newsmen that they are ready to resume because it is a matter of national interest.
- This evening, Vanguard News reported that FG (through Minister of Labour) denies replacing UTAS with IPPIS. Reading the full details of the news, one will erroneously think it’s the outcome of today’s (Thursday) meeting.
But news from other sources like The Nation and Punch clearly indicates that the Minister of Labour actually said that before the meeting.
- FG agrees to pay lecturers N30bn earned allowance. This is part of the outcome of the meeting. Having done thorough research, the complete outcome of Thursday’s meeting is yet to be known. We keep our hands crossed.
- Be assured that once we get the outcome of the meeting, we will definitely post it on this page. You can count us on this 🙂
Wednesday 14th October Update: FG, ASUU To Meet Thursday Over IPPIS
The representatives of federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) are to meet Thursday meet over the lingering crisis in the tertiary institutions.
Spokesperson of the ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, in a short message sent to our correspondent noted that the meeting will hold by 2:00pm.
Although, the agenda of the meeting was not disclosed, it was gathered that the meeting will be centred on issues surrounding Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
“The Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige will be meeting with Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The meeting is scheduled as follows: Thursday 15th October 2020”, Akpan said.
Daily Trust reports that the federal government and the ASUU had been at loggerheads over issue on the platform.
The government, however, said on Tuesday that it is considering the adoption of the University Transparency Account System (UTAS) presented by the ASUU a day after leadership of the union met with National Assembly heads.
Source: Daily Trust
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