The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has blamed the Federal Government for frustrating efforts to resolve issues that resulted in the ongoing strike embarked upon by the lecturers.
ASUU National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this on Politics Today, a programme aired on Channels Television.
Ogunyemi claimed 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 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 demands.
“We engaged the government but they were not forthcoming. They had a whole year to address those issues. They gave us positions that were not acceptable to our members.
“During our first meeting, we thought they were almost resolving the issues.
“What compounded the problem is the issue of IPPIS. We have said that it is a distraction. There is no university in the world that uses IPPIS.
“We have done three presentations of UTAS to the Minister of Education and his team, the leadership of the Senate and Office of the Accountant-General. They only agreed that UTAS is accepted in principles.
“We are almost getting UTAS approved but the government is saying that our members should first migrate to IPPIS before returning to UTAS. That makes no economic sense. The government has made it difficult for smooth negotiation. They said our members will be paid when they move to IPPIS.”
ASUU Meets FG today over predominate strike causing anxiousness in Nigerian Universities
As the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, make arrangements to meets the Federal Government on Monday (today).Some students have shown concerns over the planned industrial action by ASUU
9jaflair reports that the FG through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has scheduled to meet with the leadership of the union over the predominate strike action.
Recollect that the union had on June 19, threatened to embark on another strike over the alleged deliberate refusal of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr Ahmed Idris, to pay the salaries and remittance of check-off dues of over 1,000 staff for 13 months.
The ASUU chairman University of Jos, Dr Lazarus Maigoro who made the revelation in a press statement accused the AGF of fanning the embers of discord between the Federal Government and the Union.
In a move to forestall the industrial action, the Federal Government would meet with the union 2pm today to look at the unending issues.
Recollect that the union had on March 23, 2020, embarked on an industrial action which lasted for over 9 months, the longest of its strike in 10 years over the inability of the Federal Government to address the issues and implement some agreement the two parties entered years ago.
Consisting thea fresh development, some students spoke with 9jaflair to register their grievances over incessant strike actions in Nigerian Universities.
A 300 level student of the Benue State University, Makurdi, Miss Martha Onuh, lamented the current move by ASUU, urging the union to put the interest of the students at heart.
She said, “After staying at home for a while during academic calendar year in 2020, you think I will be happy hearing that ASUU may still embark on strike? Sometimes I don’t even care to know who is at fault and who is right. The Federal Government and the union should put our interest at heart.
“I applied for 4 years course, this is my 5th year in the university yet I’m in 300 level. It’s bad,”she lamented.
Similarly, James a final year student of the University of Nigeria, Nnsuka in a chat with our correspondent, appealed to both parties to find a means of settling their differences without industrial action.
“Most times, ASUU would say that they are fighting for the benefit of the students but at the end, the students who they claim that they are fighting for are the ones losing.
“Is there no other way for a union to register its grievances without a strike action? The incessant industrial action by the union, to me has crippled Nigerian universities,” he added.
Also, a Master’s Degree student in the university of Abuja, Adebayo Micheal urged the Federal Government and ASUU to settle their differences once and for all.
He said, “We can not be talking about strike every year. It’s quite shameful that our education system is never stable. I think even if it would take them one whole year to settle their differences and end it forever, it would be better for the students.
We await the result of today’s meeting by the union with FG.
A soldier is arrested by Army for killing UNICAL student in Calabar
A soldier who allegedly killed a final year Student of the University of Calabar has been arrested by The Nigerian Army.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, in a speech, said the Army had instituted an investigation into the allegations.
9jaflair gathered that Mr Gray Agbesu was killed on Friday by a serving soldier deployed on duty at the Calabar Correctional Service facility.
He further stated that the Commander 13 Brigade had also visited the scene of the incident and spoke to the youth, assuring them of justice.
”The Commander has also paid a visit to the family of the deceased, where he repeated the Army’s resolve to ensure that the family gets justice over the killing of their son.
“The Brigade Commander has equally visited the Cross River State General Hospital, where the corpse of the deceased was deposited,” he said.
Lecturers caught on tape demanding sex, Shame on their faces as they are dismissed by UNILAG
Boniface Igbeneghu and Samuel Omoniyi Oladipo, lecturers of University of Lagos have been dismissed by Unilag, for insisting on sex for admission from a reporter who disguised as an admission finder.
The Senate had instigated a committee to make findings on their demand which was caught on tape.
Kiki Mordi who posed as a 17-year-old prospective student in a BBC Investigative Series, Africa Eye is an undercover journalist.
It roped Boniface, Oladipo, and University of Ghana lecturers Paul Butakor and Ransford Gyampo.
Igbeneghu was a lecturer in the Department of European Languages and Integration Studies.
The former sub-dean, Faculty of Arts, was dismissed as head pastor of a local Foursquare Gospel Church at the start of the scandal.
Oladipo lectured at the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences. The partner in crime had been sacked.
A statement on Wednesday by UNILAG Registrar, Azeez Oladejo announced their dismissal for “misconduct”.
It disclosed that the Governing Council at its meeting on May 31, 2021, approved the decision.
Oladejo said the action was in line with section 18 of the University of Lagos Act 1967.
“Committee further instructed that the management should go through the sexual harassment policy as may be necessary and effective movement to prevent future occurrence”, he concluded.
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