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Latest News on ASUU Strike 2019 – Is ASUU Strike Called Off?

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Latest News on ASUU Strike 2019 – Is ASUU Strike Called Off? by : 7:35 pm On November 12, 2018

ASUU has been on strike for a while now. If you are interested in knowing when or whether the ASUU strike has been be called off, kindly read below.

ASUU Strike 2019
ASUU Strike 2019

In this article, you will find the latest information, updates, news on the ASSU strike.

Information contained in this article is gathered from different reputable sources including Vanguardngr.com, Daily post, Punch News, to mention but three.

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The Academic Staff Union Of Universities, ASUU, has suspended the 3 months old strike, after the meeting with the Federal Government on 7th Feb, 2019. This information was disclosed on the official twitter handle of the union. According to ASUU, academic activities will resume immediately as from tomorrow, 8th Feb, 2019

It was gathered that the union decided to suspend the 95 Days of Strike after reaching an agreement with the Federal Government. However, ASUU has warned that this is just a suspension of the strike and not an outright call-off.
ASUU Suspends Over 3 Months Strike

According to ASUU, if government goes contrary to the memorandum of agreement, the union will not hesitate to embark on another industrial action with full force.
On February 7th, 2019 6:16 Earboard.com

ASUU Strike 2019 Day 95 Update
ASUU in its previous meeting with the Federal Government stated that they would convene again today to inform the FG of the position of its members towards ending the ongoing strike.

The meeting is expected to hold today and we hope that it will produce a positive result. You will be updated with the outcome. To get notification of today’s meeting between the FG and ASUU, subscribe to our newsletter.

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On February 2nd, 2019 6:16 Earboard.com

ASUU Strike Update Day 89: Outcome of Feb 1st Emergency Meeting

What we thought would be the last meeting towards ending the ongoing nation wide strike by the ASUU has ended in a deadlock as another meeting has been re-scheduled to hold next week Thursday. Here is what the the national president of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi said about the outcome of the meeting;

The national president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi did not give any detail about the outcome of the meeting between the Federal Government and the Union held on 1st February, 2019. He said that whatever would be the outcome would be determined after he must have communicated with other members of the union.

The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, in contrary, said that all the demands of the union has been provided. He said that the Government has offered a significant amount of money to ASUU. He also noted that the Govt will be unable to pay the 50 Billion naira demanded by ASUU as part of the revitalization of the public universities.

On January 14th, 2019 6:16 Myschool.ng

The Academic staff Union of Universities, ASUU is not yielding to the federal government pleas to end the ongoing strike. They have promised to continue the over two months strike action. Remember that ASUU in an earlier publication rejected the offer made by the Federal Government after consultations with its members. According to ASUU, the offer from the Federal Government is not up to expectation.
Speaking during a telephone interview with newsmen on Sunday, National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi said that ASUU has changed ground from N1.1 trillion to N220 billion which he said will cater for three quarters in 2019.

He stated that the union was ready to call off the strike if the federal government paid the N220 billion.
When asked if the union was ready to shift grounds from the N220 billion, he maintained: “We have already shifted ground. “We presented five tranches payment to the federal government. If we made request for five tranches of N1.1 trillion and they are not ready to give one, that shows they are the ones not ready to shift grounds.
On the impact of the strike on the February general elections, the president says that ASUU strike has nothing to do with the February elections; adding that the issue with the FG has been on since 2006 and the position of the union has nothing to do with the elections.
“If they know they are banking on students to use for election, and then let them do what they ought to do. If they do what we asked them to do, our member can take decision this week and the matter would be resolved.” He said.
Regarding some universities who are trying to boycott the strike, Ogunyemi said: “We know that there are some moves by government agents at federal and state levels to break our ranks. But our members are getting back to us and to a large extent now, our members are resolute. “Yes, there are some overzealous chancellors and administrators in one or two universities who are trying to break these ranks. However, on the scale of balance, they are not having their ways. On the way of handling the default institutions, he said, “Our union shall handle that.”

On January 11th, 2019 6:16 Myschool.ng

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU on Thursday said the ongoing strike would continue until the Federal Government has fulfilled the agreement it made with the union after their last meeting.

The union says it is tired of the Federal Government’s antics of making promises without fulfilling them; adding that the strike continues until they are sure that the offers made by the federal Government have been implemented.

When asked when the strike would end, Ogunyemi said, “Our members said they want to see evidence of satisfactory implementation of all they have proposed before the strike can be called off.”

The ASUU president pointed that the problem with the government is lack of implementation of what has already been agreed on. He recalled that last year, the government promised to release funds for the revitalisation of public universities, which was one of the demands of the union, but failed to do so.

“There are items there that require implementation. If they are setting up a committee on state universities, and they actually do, it is not something we need to agree on. It is about action.” He said.

He explained that in order to forestall a situation ASUU and the government would restart negotiations on arrears of earned academic allowances, both sides agreed that “it would be mainstreamed into the 2019 budget.”

According to him, such an agreement was reached last year, but he said the government failed to honour it.
Ogunyemi stated, “We are going to have a discussion on when to commence renegotiation because there are still grey areas. If the government can substantially address these issues, we will be more confident to face our members on the way forward. For now, the feeler we are getting is that our members do not actually want to accept this government proposal from us.

“They said they would pay the shortfall of salary arrears of what was removed from workers’ salaries. There are 20 universities identified. The money will be available by January 18. It is around the corner and we will see if it will come.” He stressed.

On January 7th, 2019 6:16 Myschool.ng

The Federal Government, in a bid to end the ongoing ASUU Strike, has agreed to release N15.4bn for salary shortfall. Mr Ngige also noted that FG is also in the process of releasing another N20 billion for payment of earned allowances for university lecturers.
The ASUU President adds that he will take the new Government propositions to members of the Union, and from then, the decision to either end the strike or continue with it, will be reached.
No date was announced by The ASUU President did not announce when the meeting with the union would be hold but we hope that once the date is fixed, it will be made publicly.

On January  3rd, 2019 6:16 Vanguardngr.com

ASUU Strike: NANS to commence mass action against FG, ASUU, ASUP

The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has asked all its structures and organs to begin mobilisation for mass action against the Federal Government, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics.

This was contained in a statement signed by the association’s President, Danielson Akpan.

The ASUU nationwide strike began on November 4 after lecturers accused the federal government of not making up to their previously reached agreements.

The association had earlier issued an ultimatum of two weeks to FG, ASUU, and ASUP on December 23, to stop the strike or face confrontation.

According to the correspondence, the association blamed the parties involved of not making tangible steps in resolving the crises.

Akpan accused the university lecturers of not showing enough commitment to end the strike, saying they staged a walk-out during negotiations with the government despite the latter meeting two out of their three demands.

The three major issues, the NANS leader said, include the non-payment of some academic staff salaries shortfall, non-release of operational license for  Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company,  NUPEMCO, and non-payment of earned academic allowances.

“The minor disagreement over figures in salaries shortfall which the government claimed to be N15 billion as against ASUU’s N25 billion

“None of the issues mentioned above directly improves the lot of Nigerian students or infrastructure and basic amenities on our campuses. Again, why are Nigerian Students made to suffer for the interests of ASUU or ASUP which doesn’t improve lots of Nigerian students?” Akpan asked.

 

 


On November 12, 2018 6:16 Vanguardngr.com

ASUU strike: Claims of N350,000, N500,000 tuition fees untrue—Babalakin
The Federal Government negotiating team has appealed to the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to return to the negotiating table, while denying that it has proposed the imposition of N350,000 and N500,000 as tuition fees to be paid per annum by undergraduates.
Speaking with newsmen in Lagos, weekend, Chairman of the team, Dr. Wale Babalakin, dismissed the figures as not only incorrect and contradictory, but also a figment of the imagination of ASUU officials peddling them around the country. Read more on Vanguardngr.com

November 12, 2018 Premium Times

ASUU Strike: One week after, govt yet to invite lecturers for negotiations – President
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the federal government is yet to begin any dialogue with the union over the ongoing strike.
The national president of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, said this in a phone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Sunday evening.
The union embarked on strike one week ago over the poor funding of Nigerian universities and an alleged plan by the federal government to increase student’s fees and introduce an education bank. The union also accuses the federal government of not implementing a 2017 agreement.
Mr Ogunyemi on Sunday said the union has placed a memorandum before the government on how universities can be funded, but nothing has been done on it.
“For the minister, we have memorandum placed before them, but nobody is talking about the items there except to say that they cannot meet the union’s demand because of the oil prices.
“We have submitted the report of a joint committee to the minister; on how to generate funds to address the outstanding balance of N1.3 trillion. It is like the minister is not addressing issues raised and the recommendation in the report,” Mr Ogunyemi said.
The union leader said ASUU has not seen any invitation from government to discuss the strike.
“They know how to reach us. That’s not how we’ve been communicating,” Mr Ogunyemi said of an appeal by the education minister last week that the strike be suspended to allow for negotiations.
“The chairman of the negotiating committee came yesterday, Wale Babalakin, begging ASUU to come back to negotiating table. He has not addressed the issue we raised and he has been dancing around the issues. Read more on Premium Time

On November 11, 2018 5:07 pm Vanguard Nigeria

ASUU Strike: Students Union backs action
The National Union of Nigerian Students, NUNS, has sided the ongoing ASUU strike, saying that’s the only action the Federal Government respects.
Speaking with Vanguard yesterday (Sunday), its Chief Press Secretary, Amb Ibrahim Olawale Seriki said: “Since our government understands no diplomacy but radical approach , then let the ASUU strike press home the repositioning of education in this country.

“Challenges in education sector visa viz ASUU Strike, COEASU Strike and implementation of Needs Assessment report on Polytechnic deserve an aggressive approach to ensure our Institutions do not remain under lock.
He however lamented that ASUU did not carry the students union along in their struggle to reposition our Nigerian universities. Read more on Vanguardngr.com

05 November 2018 | 3:52 pm Guardian

igerian Twitter reacts to ASUU strike, Guardian
Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to the commencement of indefinite strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday and the plan by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to followsuit on Tuesday

ASUU embarked on strike to protest the poor funding of Nigerian universities and alleged plan by the federal government to increase student’s fees and introduce an education bank.

I share the belief that ASUU strike is a peaceful & justifiable action to save public universities in https://t.co/zEhmIPesN4 70$ per barrel, Nigeria can afford to adequately fund public univ.Elites in power who can afford to educate their wards abroad, should have some honour.

— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) November 5, 2018

I hope that the people angling for our votes in 2019 will set out clear plans for how to stop the incessant ASUU strikes. How they’ll improve basic literacy and numeracy. How they’ll deal with out-of-school children. How they’ll get our hospitals to work for everyone. I hope.

— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) November 5, 2018
Read more on Guardian Nigeria

05 November 2018 | 3:25 pm Guardian

Nigerians React To ASUU Strike
The National Labour Congress (NLC) has been threatening to go on strike due to the loggerheads with the government on meeting their demands.

Many other unions affiliated with the NLC, in a recent turn of events have decided to join in the action. ASUU quickly embarked on theirs before the forewarned date given by NLC.

ASUU strikes, however, has become something of an annual festival as Nigerian students expect it at least once before their graduation like a compulsory subject of study. Read more on Guardian

Published November 6, 2018 Punch News

VIDEO: ‘Day 2’ of ASUU strike at UNILAG
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