Goodluck Opiah, minister of state for education, has assured that the federal government is working to ensure that the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ends soon.
Opiah gave the assurance on Sunday in Owerri, Imo state capital, while fielding questions from reporters at a reception organised in his honour.
ASUU is currently on strike over the federal government’s failure to honour an agreement on issues bordering on funding universities, as well as salaries and allowances of lecturers
Opiah, who was confirmed by the senate for his ministerial position in June, expressed hope that the disagreement would be resolved in no time.
“I can assure you that government is very concerned about the situation. Even as I speak to you now a lot of thinking, a lot of discussions and meetings are going on with a view to resolving the matter as quickly as possible,” he said
“I am hopeful that the disagreement between government and ASUU will be resolved soon so that our children can go back to school.”
THE Federal Government has started processing the withheld salaries of some medical lecturers in various federal universities who opted out of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The development is the sequel to a letter by the medical lecturers, under the aegis of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association, MDCAN, to the Ministers of Education, Labour and Employment, and Finance, Budget and National Planning requesting the payment of their withheld March-June, 2022 salaries.
The affected lecturers are from the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH, and the Usman Danfodiyo Teaching Hospital, UDUTH.
A top official of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning who preferred anonymity, confirmed to our correspondent that approval had been granted for payment of the lecturers.
According to the source, the approval was granted because the medical lecturers harkened to plea by the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians for ASUU to stay on duty while negotiating with the Federal Government.
Striking university unions, including the Academic Staff Union of Universities and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, have lamented the effect of the no-work-no-pay policy invoked by the Federal Government, saying it was meant to weaken their resolve.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke; and SSANU’s National Vice-President, Dr Abdussobur Salaam, spoke in separate interviews with The PUNCH.
Osodeke told our correspondent that the last time he received his salary was in February, adding that the government’s strategy of withholding their salaries is meant to weaken their resolve over the union’s demands.
He however said members of the union would remain steadfast even if they will have to do menial jobs or embark on farming to get money.
He added that three weeks after they had the last meeting with the renegotiation committee, nothing had been heard from the government.
He said, “We have not heard anything from the government. This is the third week after the meeting with the renegotiation committee headed by Prof. Briggs. We will keep waiting until they respond.
“Ngige believes that our members will become hungry and beg them, but we will not beg them. We are ready to wait for a year, two years, till they respond.
“If it means doing taxi work, selling groundnut, doing farming to feed, we will engage in those ventures but he should rest assured that his strategy of withholding our salaries will not work.”
You Can’t Proscribe Union Activities, ASUU President Tells ObasekiThe National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Osodeke Emmanuel, yesterday told the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki that he has no constitutional power to proscribe the union’s activities in the state-owned institution, Ambrose Alli University.
The ASUU president, who stated this when he led other national delegates of the union in solidarity protest to the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma over their unpaid salaries and other sundry issues, said ASUU is a registered body that has the right to operate in the country.
He said: “The governor did not establish the union, therefore, he doesn’t have the right or the power to ban the union. He doesn’t have that right. He is just making noise and it will not work.”
ASUU strike: Buhari should resign now
Over the years, Nigeria has suffered the glitches of not just insurmountable challenges but deliberate ones, cleverly woven into a web of barricades by some overbearing elements whose job it is to plunder the country.
These are the enemies strategically planted by providence to ambush the peace, development and accelerated progression of the dear country. They have their ancestry in history and had infiltrated our marketplaces, educational institutions, public offices, churches and so forth.
No wonder Osita Agwuna wrote a fierce newsletter, which was presented publicly as a lecture under the Chairmanship of Chief Anthony Enahoro in the year 1948. The provocatively blunt newsletter canvasses the call for a sweeping revolution, it borrowed the diction of Thomas Sankara in clamouring for a total overhaul of our different sectors while laying to rest the factors which gave birth to the general strike of 1945, the Burutu Strike of 1947 too.
The radical Zikists, who convened in the year 1946, launched the first-ever audacious attack against the anti-people and highly traumatising policies of the British. They mobilised the Nigerians of that time against the system in place: this was by dissuading them from paying tax to the British but the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons; they canvassed against their obeying their security forces too.
From the era when the “Call For A Revolution” was prominent till the time when there is a need for #RevolutionNow, #EndSARS, Nigeria has refused to be delivered from the shackles of the myriads of intrigues militating day and night against the soul of the most populous African Country. Democracy, a medicine believed to be the only balm on her woes was reinstated after courageous Nigerians fought earnestly for it.
ASUU strike: NLC to embark on a one-day nationwide protest
FG Continues Talks With ASUU As Strike Enters the Fourth Month
Federal Government has continued its negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as the strike by the lecturers enters its fourth month.
A meeting between the striking lecturers and the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee, however, ended without a concrete agreement as members planned to reconvene within 24 hours to consider a draft agreement.
ASUU strike: APC youth leader meets Ngige, consults ASUU President
The All Progressives Congress, APC, and National Youth leader, Dayo Israel has revealed his efforts towards putting an end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Israel disclosed that he met and discussed how to end the ASUU strike with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige yesterday in Abuja.
In a series of tweets, the APC youth leader said he also met with the presidents of ASUU and the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, over the lingering strike.
Israel disclosed that his consultations with relevant stakeholders on how to resolve the ongoing industrial action will continue.
According to him: “I just met Nigeria’s Minister of Labour Chris Ngige with my Youth Leaders at his home in Abuja to discuss the way forward in putting an end to the ASUU Strike. Earlier in the day, I spoke to the Presidents of ASUU and NANS ahead of my meeting with the Minister.
“I also spoke to the Chairman of the Wage, Income and Salaries Commission through the Minister’s Phone. I can inform Nigerians that a counter offer to ASUU has been put together by the FG and will be presented to Mr President this week.
“Our consultations will continue and we call on all stakeholders to find a middle ground and ensure our youths go back to school this month.”
University Students Lament As ASUU Strike Continues
Some students of Nigerian public universities have expressed frustration over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU).
Some of the students in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Friday appealed to Federal Government to meet at least 50 per cent of ASUU demands to end the strike.
JAMB Tackles ASUU President Over Unfair Comment
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has knocked the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, over a statement credited to the latter on the issue of admission into higher education institutions in the country.
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede-led JAMB, in a statement, said contrary to the erroneous belief of the ASUU President, the JAMB does not conduct admission for institutions but rather regulates the process.
ASUU Strike Update: FG-ASUU Meeting Holds Today
Federal Government will today meet with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) while the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and allied institutions would have their meeting on Friday, July 8 with the FG.
The meetings, Jameela News understands, are geared towards resolving the ongoing strike by the various unions.
ASUU Strike Update: FG Team Fails To Meet Deadline
Prof. Nimi Briggs-led committee set up by the Federal Government to renegotiate the 2009 Agreement signed by the government with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and put an end to the ongoing industrial action by the union has failed to meet the three-month time frame given it by the FG to conclude its assignment.
The committee, which was inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on March 7 this year, was given three months to conclude its assignment.
It was gathered that Adamu gave the committee the go-ahead to continue its negotiation with the union since there seemed to be some progress even though nothing concrete was agreed to within the time limit
Therefore, the committee is expected to continue the negotiation with the union later this week after the public holiday.
Strike: ASUU Reveals that UTAS is Undergoing Fresh Test
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) is undergoing another round of tests by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
The President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke gave the update on a Human Right Radio in Abuja yesterday, clarifying several issues surrounding the ongoing strike and why the strike has lingered.
This is the third test being carried out on the UTAS accounting software by the government agency.
Osodeke said UTAS passed over 90 per cent in the first and second tests carried out on it, but that NITDA concluded that the payment platform failed some tests.
It ‘ill Take Nigerian Professor 100yrs To Buy APC, PDP Presidential Form – ASUU
ASUU Chairman at the University of Ibadan, Professor Ayoola Akinwole, who stated this in his June 12 statement said the high price of the presidential forms of the two major political parties is a strategy adopted by politicians to ensure looting continues in the country.
Professor Ayoola said no Nigerian professor can be able to purchase the presidential form of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, or the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, without saving for 40 years to 100 years.
Professor Ayoola said it was time Nigerians and youth took over the affairs of the country from the corrupt politicians who have no plan for the country.
ASUU Disassociates Itself From An Intervention Fund, Rejects N50m Donation
ASUU has disassociated itself from an Intervention Fund while rejecting an N50m donation.
Jameela News reports that the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected the sum of N50 million that was donated as part of an intervention fund.
Ahmed Isah popularly called the “ordinary President ” of the berekete family radio station invited the union’s president, prof. Emmanuel Osodeke and his team on Saturday, June 11, to the radio program where the intervention fund idea was formally presented.
ASUU disassociates itself from an intervention fund, rejects N50m donation
In his effort to make the union buy into the intervention fund idea, he disclosed that the Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel has donated N50 million to the course.
After presenting the money, ASUU’s president who wasn’t pleased with the development said the union shouldn’t be associated with such.
Angered by the union’s response, Ahmed fired back at ASUU and threatened to stop the intervention. Listeners who called in during the show described ASUU’s response as rude and insensitive.
This comes after the radio host had on June 1st, called on well-meaning Nigerians and presidential aspirants in the forthcoming general elections to contribute the same amount they had used in purchasing their nomination forms in view of settling ASUU’s demands and ending the strike.
Ahmed had also revealed that he has contributed N10 million of his personal money to the course.
ASUU Strike News Update Today
This page will provide ASUU Strike update on a regular basis. We hope to cover so many news and talking points about the ongoing ASUU strike. The Academic Staff Union of Universities has further declared another one month of strike since the outcome of the last meeting with the Federal Government did not end well.
We really do hope ASUU calls of this strike because Nigerian Students studying in Federal Universities are really not happy with it. They are always reading ASUU Strike News almost every day to know what is the fate of their academic pursuits.
But as we do our part by providing you with ASUU Strike News Updates, do your own part by studying and also learning other skills outside of the four walls of a classroom.
From credible news sources, ASUU is willing to suspend the strike as long as the Federal Government begins to fulfil their demands. However, ASUU news for today June 2022, has it that ASUU Strike has not yet been called off.
When Will ASUU Call Off Strike
When ASUU will call off strike is on July 2022. The current extension of the strike means that the next time they will enter a meeting with FG will be next month.
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ASUU Latest News Today
In the Latest news about ASUU Strike today, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has decided to continue with the strike until they come to an agreement with the Federal Government.
So that is it for today, if you want to always remain abreast with all the news on ASUU, then do well to check back daily because we will be publishing fresh updates on this page.
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