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Latest Updates On ASUU Strike 2013

Latest Updates On ASUU Strike 2013  ; THE Senate yesterday intervened in the dispute between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government over conditions of service. A source said the Minister of Education, ...

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    THE Senate yesterday intervened in the dispute between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government over conditions of service.
    A source said the Minister of Education, Prof. Rukayyatu Rufa’i and her Labour counterpart, Emeka Wogu, met with the Senate Committee on Education yesterday over the strike.

    It was learnt that the meeting resolved to set up a task force to work out the modalities for addressing the issues at stake.
    The source added that the resuscitation of Visitation Panels and appointment of governing boards of polytechnics featured at the meeting.

    The implementation of Consolidated Tertiary Salary Structure (CONTISS) was also said to have been discussed.
    The Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Uche Chukwumerije, reportedly expressed concerns about unending strikes in tertiary institutions.

    The source said Prof Rufa’i briefed the Senate on how ASUU declared its indefinite strike to compel the Federal Government to implement the agreement reached with the union in October 2009.
    Academic activities were paralysed yesterday in most universities as ASUU began its strike.

    Academic activities were grounded yesterday at the University of Ibadan (UI).
    Most students, who were on campus for early morning lectures, were surprised that none of their lecturers showed up.
    Although all lecture rooms were open, but no academic activities took place in any of them.
    The disappointed students retired to their residential halls after waiting in vain for lectures.
    When our reporter visited the campus yesterday, nothing was happening there.

    Addressing reporters yesterday, ASUU’s National Treasurer Dr Ademola Aremu said the strike order was fully complied with at UI.
    The university community, he said, was carried along in the effort to reposition the nation’s education sector from collapse.
    According to him, the UI Vice Chancellor was aware of the strike.

    The branch’s ASUU Secretary, Dr Ayodeji Omole said: “We had thought that with someone like Dr Goodluck Jonathan, education would be better off. But we are worse off.”
    A letter by Dr Omole to the Vice Chancellor, reads: “In view of the unsatisfactory state of the implementation of the 2009 agreement, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), after exhaustive deliberations, asked various branches to resume the suspended indefinite strike from July 1. You are hereby duly informed that all our members in the University of Ibadan have, effective from today, July 1, complied accordingly and withdrawn from all academic activities, including teaching, supervision and all statutory and ad-hoc meetings.”

    The strike paralysed activities at the three universities in Rivers State.
    The lecturers at the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Port Harcourt, and the Ignatius Ajuru (formerly Rivers State) University of Education, Port Harcourt, participated in the action.
    Some of the lecturers, who spoke in confidence, told The Nation that the Federal Government should be blamed for the strike.

    They vowed not to return to work until their demands, stipulated in the 2009 agreement, were met.
    The strike, to the students and lecturers of the RSUST, was a continuation of the past action.
    They noted that ASUU members at the university had been on strike since August 13, last year, to protest the reappointment of Prof. Barineme Fakae as the Vice-Chancellor.

    When ASUU Chairman at UNIPORT, Prof. Antonia Okerengwo, was contacted at 5.24 pm for an assessment of the compliance with the strike at the federal university, his MTN line kept ringing without an answer.
    Lecturers of the University of Jos (UNIJOS) yesterday abandoned classes in compliance with the ASUU strike.
    At an emergency meeting of the university’s ASUU chapter at its secretariat, members were said to have reviewed the situation and aligned with the decision of its national body.



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    Default Professor Ruqqayatu Rufai Reveals The Cause Of ASUU Strike 2013


    The Minister of Education, Professor Ruqqayatu Rufai on Tuesday exonerated the federal government from blame over the ongoing strike by university lecturers saying the government has made an offer to the lecturers but was yet to receive any response from their union.

    The lecturers, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), started a nationwide strike on Tuesday to press home their demands for the implementation of the 2009 agreements with the Federal Government.

    The minister, who was answering questions from journalists in Abuja, did not give any hint on the details of the offer made by the government to the union, but maintained that government was still expecting ASUU’s response.

    “They are our colleagues, we meet with them, we discuss with them. There is an offer from government. We expected to hear from them and up till now we are expecting to hear from them,” she said.

    Also commenting on the issue, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie said that ASUU was supposed to write the government in respect of the offer made to them during a meeting held between them about three weeks ago.

    Mr. Okojie said that ASUU had informed representatives of the Federal Government that it would get its response after its National Executive Meeting (NEC).

    “We have no official report from them. They should write to us. We have been meeting regularly. We even met on Sunday.

    “About three weeks ago, there was an offer made to them by the government. They said that they were going to their NEC, what we expected from them is that they should have come to us and told us what was the result.

    “As far as I am concerned, if they are on strike we don’t know. They should write to us,” he said.

    Meanwhile, academic activities at the University of Lagos were grounded on Tuesday in compliance with the lecturers strike.

    The ASUU President, Isa Faggae, said that the action followed the inability of the Federal Government to implement some of the issues contained in a 2009 agreement it had with the union. He told newsmen in Lagos that the government had also reneged on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it entered into with the union in December 2011.

    A correspondent, who was at the University of Lagos to monitor the effect of the strike, reports that there was total compliance as lecturers shunned classes. Few students were seen loitering the campus and discussing the development in small groups.

    One of the lecturers who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the strike was comprehensive and total, adding that there was no going back until their demands were met.

    “I think I am happy with the development. If that is the only language that government can listen to, then so be it.

    “As you can see, we have all complied with the no work directive. We are going to have a congress today, just to strengthen our resolve and remain resilient on the issue.

    “And I can assure there will be no academic activity on campus until the issue is resolved,” he said.

    Tobi Oguntuashe, a year one student of the Faculty of Environmental Science, said that the strike was unfortunate and coming at the wrong time.

    She said that with examinations likely to come up by the first week in August, the strike might lead to a postponement.

    “I really do not like what is happening now; I feel government should be more serious and committed to the plight of these lecturers because aside from asking for their rights, they are equally critical to nation building.

    “With this strike that has taken effect and for the fact that is total and indefinite, a lot of us might lose focus and also destabilised,” Ms. Oguntuashe said.

    Another student, Adeoye Olatiboye, a second year student of the Faculty of Law, also expressed concern over the timing of the strike.

    He said that the government should always keep its own side of a bargain and that the strike will take a great toll on academic activities lined up for the semester, especially examination.

    He said that with such development on ground, the final year students were going to be the most affected as no one could determine how long it would last.

    “I feel government should listen to the lecturers so that they can go back to work.

    “These people have been going about their jobs happily for a long time even while waiting for government to do their bid.

    “We must learn to show commitment to issues that concern education in this country if truly we intend to be ranked among the world’s top 20 economies,” he said.

    At the Lagos State University, Ojo, some students were seen having lectures early in the day but the ASUU chapter later circulated notices creating awareness on the strike after which lecturers complied.

    The ASUU chapter of the institution said that it was at the forefront in compliance with the strike.

    The Chairman, LASU chapter of the union, Adekunle Idris, said in an interview that the strike was a collective decision and no university was expected to object to the directives of the national body.

    “We are resolute to go on with the strike as long as it lasts because we know that the government has a tough skin but we are also ready for them,” he said.

    He said that beyond issues involved in the national strike, the LASU chapter had other grievances with the state government over some agreements that had not been implemented.

    Mr. Oluwatoki urged opinion leaders and traditional leaders to intervene for the sake of the students, to save decadence in the education sector.

    Also the lecturers union at the Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu-Ode, told its members to stay away from work in support of the national union.

    The chapter, after its congress, said the lecturers should stay away from work pending further directive from the national body.

    TASUED-ASUU Chairman, Adebayo Akinsanya said the lecturers decided to join the strike due to Federal Government’s failure to adhere to the agreement it had with the union in 2009.

    He said that the union was also against the continued politicisation of the educational sector.

    Mr. Akinsanya said that the only way to call off the strike was for government to fully implement the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement.

    “How can government go into an agreement with the union and four years after, government is still foot-dragging over the issue, not wanting to fulfil the agreement.’’

    “For the sake of the innocent students, the Federal Government should implement this agreement so that the strike can be called off, ” Mr. Akinsanya said.

    Meanwhile, the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), has urged the Federal Government to accede to the demands of the striking university lecturers.

    Deolu Ogunbajo, the National Publicity Secretary, NAPTAN, said that it was unfortunate that the government was reneging on an agreement it willingly entered into with the union.

    Mr. Ogunbajo said that what the lecturers were asking for was not “new and out of place’’ and that it was only logical for government to be more responsive and sincere enough to meet such demands.

    “It is unfortunate to have this same issue recurring too often. It is worrisome to see how government is always dragging this same issue with ASUU to the point of allowing them to embark on strike. They must look into the issue and do something urgently in that direction.

    “Government must also realise that what the lecturers are agitating for are not just fresh demands; they are things that had been signed years ago.

    “We therefore want to plead government on behalf of the striking lecturers, to urgently intervene and do the right thing so that this strike will not take a dimension that we all might live to regret,” he pleaded.

    The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Senior Staff Association of Polytechnics have also been on strike since April.


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    When are they calling off the strike, that is what am interested for now


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    Default NLC Speech Over Ongoing ASUU Strike 2013


    AS the ongoing nationwide strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, enters the third day, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has warned of the impact of the strike on students and the educational sector in the country.

    It called on government to not only end the strike immediately by implementing the agreements it entered into with ASUU, but also declare a state of emergency in education.

    NLC said in a statement, yesterday, that while the strike was completely avoidable, but made inevitable by Federal government’s insensitivity and penchant for reneging on agreements, Congress found it completely unacceptable that government refused to implement agreements it willingly entered into.

    The statement by NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar, argued that the issues articulated by ASUU were not self-serving but tenable, valid and germane to the sustenance of a qualitatively viable education system.

    According to the statement “in a nutshell, these issues include, the lingering crisis at the Rivers State University of Technology, RSUST; the continued violation of the rights of the re-engaged 49 academics at the University of Ilorin; the non-release of the White Paper on Special Visitation to the University of Abuja; the parlous state of the economy and government’s disregard for its agreements.”



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    Default NANS President Speech Over ASUU Strike 2013


    Lagos – The National Association of Nigerian Students, (NANS) will come out with its position on the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday, its president, Mr Yinka Gbadebo, said on Wednesday.

    Gbadebo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the body was still consulting on the issue.

    He said that for now, they were appealing to all parties involved in the strike to find ways of reaching a compromise as students were always affected during strikes.

    On the implication of the ASUU strike coming when the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) was also protesting, he said that it was not good for students to be at home for long.

    “The government should at least do something for the unions because they play an important role and in the interest of the nation’s academic future, there should be a compromise.

    “We are appealing to both unions to look into the plight of the students because the staying at home of the students could do damage to their future, “ he said.

    According to him, though the demands of the two unions would improve their productivity and welfare, they should also consider the students.

    Gbadebo said that there should be give-and-take from both the government and the unions in resolving the problems.

    NAN recalls that ASUU had directed its members to embark on an indefinite strike nationwide since Monday.

    The action followed the inability of the Federal Government to implement some of the issues contained in a 2009 agreement it had with the union.

    ASUU also said the government had reneged on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it entered into with the union in December 2011.

    ASUP has also been on strike since April– over several issues. (NAN)



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    Default Infinite Strike Continues – ASUU


    Following the indefinite strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), last Monday.

    The union, Sunday, disclosed that it will not suspend the industrial action, unless the Federal Government accedes to the agreement it reached with it in 2009. This is even as the union debunked reports on some social and online media that it has suspended its one-week old strike.

    ASUU Chairman, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Chapter, Dr. Karo Ogbinaka said: “The strike is still ongoing. We have not suspended or called-off the strike. Perhaps, before we do that, a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting must be held, then, the resolutions of the meeting will be made known to all chapters of the union,” adding, “The indefinite and total strike will continue, except government meets our demands.”

    Meanwhile, FG through its Ministry of Education led by Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufain will Monday, meet with stakeholders in the industry, which included Vice Chancellors of Federal universities and their Governing Councils, together with interested Vice Chancellors of State and Private universities.

    However, at the time of filing this report, full details of agenda for the meeting was not made known. It would recalled that the union had last Monday, called out its members on an indefinite industrial action over what it termed government’s failure to honour the Academic Earned Allowance (AEA) which formed a component of the 2009 agreement the government signed with the union.



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    Default FG Begs ASUU To Call-off Indefinite Strike


    The Federal Government, yesterday, begged the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to Call-off Indefinite Strike and return to classrooms, as the union insisted that the strike would continue unless agreements between it and government were implemented.

    The strike which began last week, entered its second week yesterday, even as the union and Education Ministry officials appear before the National Assembly today.

    Minister of Education, Professor Ruqquayat Rufa’i, who made the appeal, said the union should call off its strike in the interest of students.

    Rufa’i said: “We are going to meet with ASUU and all those that are concerned at the Senate today. We are going to appear before the Senate and the House Committee on Education and we are pleading with ASUU to go back to classroom and let our children go back to school.”

    Meanwhile, The Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, chapter of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, yesterday, called on both the Federal Government and National Assembly to review the Act establishing federal polytechnics as a way of proffering solution to the over three months strike embarked upon by polytechnics in the country.

    Chairman of ASUP, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana, Comrade Edmund Onyeneho, who made the call at a briefing in Afikpo, in solidarity with ASUP, blamed the current impasse on Federal Government’s insensitivity to the plight of polytechnic lecturers and students.

    He said his chapter was fully committed to the struggle by the National body of ASUP to liberate the polytechnic system from the current neglect which had culminated in the disparity and discrimination of products of the polytechnic system by the society

    He said: “ASUP demands the speedy review of the Federal Polytechnics Act. The National Assembly should do more than lip service in this regard. There is now an urgent need to review this Act and reposition polytechnics to effectively fulfil the goals of technological growth and development in Nigeria.

    For avoidance of doubt, no demand of ASUP in the present situation is selfish. ASUP is only asking for government’s attention to the debilitating state of polytechnics and also to treat the products of the system not as second rate graduates.

    “In other words, ASUP is asking government to do the right things by relating to the products of the polytechnic system on the basis of their quality and not the environment that produced them.

    “It is worrisome that the Polytechnics have no Commission like the Universities and Colleges of Education in Nigeria. More insulting in this regard is that even Nomadic Education in Nigeria has a Commission.

    “The Government should stop this brazen discrimination by urgently establishing a Commission for polytechnics and monothecnics in Nigeria

    ”Most polytechnics in Nigeria today, more especially state-owned polytechnics have unqualified and incompetent Rectors”

    Meanwhile, members of ASUP in the Polytechnic were seen around the institution and within Afikpo town carrying placards with inscriptions such as “We want a revised scheme of service for Polytechnics” Release of White paper on visitation” “Polytechnic Act… overdue” “NBTE rejected yes! to NPC” in support of the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union.



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    Default ASUU Ignores FG Talks As ASUP Hearkens


    The committees had convened the meeting to find ways of resolving the strike action embarked upon by the university teachers.

    The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday left the National Assembly angrily, abandoning a meeting with the National Assembly Committees on Education and the Federal Government team for being kept waiting.

    The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqquayatu Rufa’i; the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu; the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, among others represented the Federal Government at the meeting.

    When ASUU officials arrived at the meeting venue, they discovered that the committees on education were meeting with representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union.

    While the meeting with ASUP was meant to resolve the over two months strike by polytechnic teachers, that of COEASU was meant to avert a similar action in education colleges.

    Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerijie, sought the understanding of the ASUU delegation to be patient for 10 minutes to allow him round off the meeting with ASUP, but the ASUU members walked away from the venue.

    The Committee was shocked after its meeting with ASUP that the ASUU delegation had left and did not honour the appeal made by its chairman.

    Former Chairman, House Committee on Education, Mr. Farouk Lawan, however, urged the committee to disregard the attitude of ASUU leaders in the interest of students thrown out of school by the strike and the country’s education sector.

    Another member of the House Committee, Hon Jerry Alagboso, described the action of ASUU members as “intellectual arrogance”.

    He called on the leadership of the Committee to formally write to warn ASUU against such tendencies in future.

    Rufa’i and Wogu refrained from making any comment.



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    ASUU Should please call off this ongoing strike cos i'm tired of staying at home for weeks now. This is really affecting the standard of education in our country thus delaying the future leaders of their goal in life.



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    Default Remedy To ASUU Strike 2013


    Like an anniversary celebration, this year’s edition of the annual closure of Nigerian Universities began on Tuesday July 01, 2013. As usual, no one knows when it will end.

    Indeed, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Dr Nasir Fagge says members of the Union are resolute that, only a complete resolution of the issues at stake would bring the current strike action to an end.

    A sign that ASUU means business was shown last week in Abuja, when the Union walked out on the joint National Assembly Committee on Education at a meeting called by the lawmakers to intervene in the crisis. So, is ASUU rejecting dialogue? If so, is the Union not being insensitive to the plight of ordinary Nigerians who are adversely affected by the strike?

    To answer any of these questions in the affirmative would be essentially simplistic. Because that ASUU is the aggrieved party that needs to be assuaged is not in doubt. Unfortunately, government posture does not sufficiently convey a conciliatory mood. In fact, government officials who have a mandate to resolve the crisis are yet to embrace the uncontroverted theory of old that the main aim of political communication is persuasion.

    While the Education Ministry says an offer was made to the teachers to which they were yet to respond, the National Universities Commission (NUC) said it was unaware that the teachers were on strike. According to the NUC, “If they are on strike we don’t know. They should write to us”. These unconvincing statements cannot resolve the conflict because they are not credible-even the authors do not believe them.

    A comparison of government position with that of parents is instructive here. The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro revealed last week that the Federal Executive Council examined the crisis and “expressed the concerns of the average Nigerians, stakeholders, parents and students and came to the conclusion that passionate appeal be made to ASUU to consider the overall interest of Nigerians in terms of the education of our children”.

    He added that ASUU should “see the possibility of using a strike, which has become too incessant in recent times, as a last resort” Speaking on behalf of the National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Deolu Ogunbajo said that it was unfortunate that the government was reneging on an agreement it willingly entered into with the Union.

    Ogunbajo insisted that what the lecturers were asking for was not “new and out of place’’. It therefore appears that to condemn ASUU for seemingly rejecting dialogue misses the point because its case is not a claim/request/ demand requiring dialogue but an agreement which requires implementation

    Every intervention at this point should thus be well meaning and objective. In this regard, the National Assembly should not relent in its commendable efforts at resolving the crisis notwithstanding that ASUU worked out on its committee last week. First, our legislators should bear in mind that ASUU is aggrieved. Second, it should not see the decision of the teachers to walk out on it as a slight but a refusal of an aggrieved to be kept waiting.

    Third, our legislators should remember that during the last strike, their own efforts were virtually thwarted by the halfhearted official handling of the matter. That only two issues — the review of the retirement age of professors from 65 to 70 and the reinstatement of prematurely dissolved governing councils — were the only ones implemented in a list of items of a four-year-old agreement suggests that we need to work towards a more sincere approach by all concerned.

    Considering that President Jonathan is himself an academic, it seems strange that his team of Education Minister and NUC’s Executive Secretary who are also from that constituency are unable to win the confidence of their former colleagues. Could it be that the agreement with ASUU to which government initially committed itself in 2009 was later found to be unworkable like the famous ‘Aburi agreement’? If so, it is the body language of government that should change. One good way of doing this is to shun blackmail and explore the persuasive mobilization expertise of people like the legendary Jerry Gana who himself is now Chairman of a University Council.

    Their work would be to let ASUU into the costs of unexpected emergencies like our unprecedented security challenges and the ravages of flooding. They should then seek to convert ASUU members to partners in progress by evolving a road map based on an agreed and sincere instalmental implementation of the other items in the 2009 agreement.

    This would obviously be more persuasive than the present trend whereby some privileged persons in the corridors of power are as usual busy convincing government that ASUU members are charlatans as well as tools being used by the opposition to destabilize government.

    University management teams must also change their approach to the crisis at hand. Many of them appear too comfortable to be bothered about ASUU feelings. At the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, for instance, the authorities allegedly locked ASUU members out of the multi-purpose hall where they were to hold a scheduled meeting.

    Some examinations were reportedly held in the School during the strike in line with what is called the Vice Chancellor’s ‘students first’ philosophy and policy. Who will mark, collate and grade those examinations? Such an approach which can antagonize ASUU is similar to that by which honorary degrees are often given to government officials known to be ‘unhelpful’ to the cause of ASUU

    University managers can in earnest reduce the frustrations in their campuses. For example, every session, some universities admit over 200 students for courses for which available classrooms can hardly accommodate 50 students.

    Painfully, what is collected yearly as internally generated revenue (IGR) makes little or no impact on the overcrowded facilities in our universities thus stamping into the sub-consciousness of a pressure group like ASUU, the inadequacies of the environment.

    It is submitted that a more judicious use of IGR is capable of putting some smiles on the faces of teachers and students in our universities.



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    Default ASUU Strike 2013: Students Laments Disruption of Academic Calendar


    University lecturers have come under criticism from their students, who accused them of unduly prolonging their studies by embarking on strikes that disrupt the academic calendar.

    Consequency, the National Association of Nigerian University Students (NANUS) appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing strike to safeguard the future of the students.

    It said in a statement Sunday, that the gains of the strikes by the union over the years have never been felt by the students and urged the union to rethink the strategy of employing strike as a tool to force government to meet its demands.

    According to the group, ASUU and other unions in the sector, even though they claim to demand better learning conditions for students, have never consulted with any student body or representative group before embarking on strike.

    The statement, which was signed by NANUS National President, Mr. Peter Asuquo, lamented the fate of students, who have become trading bonds in the hands of the government and the union in the course of their negotiations.

    “For all the strikes embarked upon by ASUU in the past 10 years with students being at the receiving end, we have not felt any direct beneficial impact on our part as students save for the spoils that accrue to the lecturers.

    “We throw the challenge at the striking lecturers to forfeit their salaries in the course of strikes to balance the pains students feel, for whilst the federal government goes about its business unaltered, ASUU members who are on strike still receive their salaries for idling away at home,” the statement said.

    The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) last week had also appealed to ASUU to sheathe its sword and pity the students who have had to spend up to seven years studying for a four-year course.



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    Default NANUS Pleads With ASUU To Call Off 2013 Strike


    TThe National Association of Nigerian University Students (NANUS) has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its ongoing strike to safeguard the future of the students. It said in a statement Sunday, that the gains of the strikes by the union over the years have never been felt by the students and urged the union to rethink the strategy of employing strike as a tool to force government to meet its demands.

    According to the group, ASUU and other unions in the sector, even though they claim to demand better learning conditions for students, have never consulted with any student body or representative group before embarking on strike.

    The statement, which was signed by NANUS National President, Mr. Peter Asuquo, lamented the fate of students, who have become trading bonds in the hands of the government and the union in the course of their negotiations. “For all the strikes embarked upon by ASUU in the past 10 years with students being at the receiving end, we have not felt any direct beneficial impact on our part as students save for the spoils that accrue to the lecturers.

    “We throw the challenge at the striking lecturers to forfeit their salaries in the course of strikes to balance the pains students feel, for whilst the federal government goes about its business unaltered, ASUU members who are on strike still receive their salaries for idling away at home,” the statement said.

    The National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) last week had also appealed to ASUU to sheathe its sword and pity the students who have had to spend up to seven years studying for a four-year course.



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    Default Senate Begs ASUU To Reduce Demands


    The intervention of the National Assembly in the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff of Universities, continued on Monday with parties engaging in a prolonged dialogue.

    As of the time of filing the report, ASUU and the Federal Government maintained their respective positions as the meeting went into a closed-door session.

    Chairman of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, urged the union to reduce its demands to only three – the funding of the institutions, university autonomy and the Earned Academic Allowances.

    He chided the government for its reluctance to honour the 2009 agreement which it signed with the union.

    He said the appeal became necessary to ensure a timely resolution of the ongoing university strike.

    He said, “It is a puzzle to Nigerians that it has on three occasions required the extreme action of withdrawal of services by ASUU to compel the attention of the government to the necessity of honoring 2009 agreement.

    “Why endorse an agreement in the first instance if you had no intention of honouring it? Wherein then lies the basis for mutual trust.”

    He also bemoaned a situation, he said, ASUU had become increasingly inclined to a “self righteous attitude.”

    He called on both the executive and the leadership of ASUU to be flexible so as to reach an amicable settlement.

    President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge, argued that the union was not disposed to renegotiating its 2009 agreement with the Federal Government, stressing that it had consistently failed to implement agreements with ASUU.

    He said the highest allocation to the education sector was 12.87 per cent during the regime of General Sani Abacha between 1994 – 1996.

    He said since 2007 the relative allocation to education in the national budget was 8.19 in 2010; 6.41 per cent in 2011; 7.95 per cent in 2012; and 8.44 in 2013.

    Fagge said, “Government is not sincere. Government is not interested in addressing the problems in the education sector.”



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    Default We Won’t Call Off 2013 Strike – ASUU


    Striking university teachers on Wednesday insisted that they would not return to the classrooms until the Federal Government honoured fully the 2009 agreement and Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two parties.

    This came as there were conflicting reports from the University of Jos over the institution post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

    While the striking teachers insisted on Wednesday that the exercise would not hold, the school authorities said the screening was in progress.

    University teachers under the auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities embarked on a nationwide industrial action on July 1, 2013.

    However, the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Dr. Adesola Nassir, during a briefing at the University of Lagos, on Wednesday insisted that the strike would not end until the Federal Government respected the signed pact.

    The zone has members drawn from UNILAG, University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State; Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State; Lagos State University, Ojo; Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagu, Ogun State and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

    Nassir explained that though the union met with the government’s representatives, including the members of the Senate Committee on Education last Monday, the meeting ended in a deadlock.

    He said, “This is because the Federal Government is still not being sincere to address the issues at stake.

    “The strike will remain for as long as it takes the Federal Government to be faithful to the implementation of the 2009 agreement and its renegotiation as contained in the Memorandum of Understanding reached by both parties in January last year.”

    He explained that the FG’s response to the action since it started had shown that it was not ready to address the challenges facing the nation’s university system.

    Meanwhile, the ASUU UNIJOS chairman, Dr. David Jangkam, has urged parents not to send their children to the school for the post-UTME.

    He said, “No parent should send their children to UNIJOS because the ongoing strike is total, comprehensive and indefinite and so no academic activities in whatever form is supposed to take place.”

    However, the university said the screening was in progress.

    Speaking with journalists on Wednesday, its Registrar, Mr. Jilli Dandam, called on the public and participating candidates to disregard any contrary announcement from the striking teachers.



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