2018 ASUU Strike Latest Updates

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2018 ASUU Strike Latest Updates
Posted on: November 06, 2018, 09:18:33 PM
The academic staff union of universities, ASUU declared an indefinite strike embarked upon by the union Sunday night, after its National Executive Council, NEC, meeting held in Akure, Ondo State.


The National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, while announcing the commencement of the strike, said the action is because of the insincerity of government in meeting their demands.





However, the minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has  regretted the action of ASUU. He said: 

“I must say that this is difficult to reconcile with all the efforts and positive achievements we have been able to make.

“Let me begin by saying that the issues necessitating this strike dates back to 2009 when the then government of late President Umaru Musa Yar Adua signed an agreement with the ASUU on funding of federal universities in the country.

“The agreement provided for funding of universities to the tune of N1.3trillion over a period of six years. It is instructive to know that Nigeria was experiencing the oil boom at that time. It was, therefore, expected that government will be able to meet the terms of agreement. “However, international oil prices crashed in subsequent years, thereby throwing the country into economic hardship, at the inception of this administration, the country’s economic fortunes worsened, nose diving into recession, with dire consequences on all sectors of the economy, including education.

“We exited recession not too long ago, and we are just beginning to recover from the consequences of low oil prices, which are happily beginning to pick up.


The current ASUU strike is based on delays in implementing the Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, all parties allegedly agreed to in the year 2017, including compelling government to conclude the renegotiation of other agreements also collectively reached in 2009.


Follow the updates below to know how it would eventually play out.


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Re: 2018 ASUU Strike Latest Updates
#1 Posted on: November 06, 2018, 09:29:14 PM

Nigerian students give government 7 - day ultimatum



The National Association of Nigerian Students, has given the Federal Government seven days ultimatum to end the current ASUU strike.


The student's body asked the govt. to implement the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The students’ body threatened to embark on protest if the government failed to meet up with the demands of the ASUU before the deadline.

Speaking at the Nigeria Union of Journalists secretariat,Abeokuta, the National Public Relations Officer of the association, Azeez Adeyemi said:

“We will not fold our arms and allow our institutions to be shut down for months again because of Federal government insensitivity and lackadaisical approach towards education at all levels in Nigeria”.


“As majority of the wards of those whose immediate responsibility is to ensure adequate funding of education in Nigeria are schooling in choice universities abroad and they don’t give a damn even if our institutions are closed for decades”.

He further stated that the on going fight against corruption and corrupt leaders must be wholistic.

“A situation where the ruling APC government shield their members and supporters from being investigated after submission of petitions against some of their stalwarts is not acceptable to us as stakeholders in the Nigerian project.

“We hereby call on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to forthwith investigate the petitions against Comrade Adams Oshiomole, former governor of Edo state, Rt.Hon.Rotimi Amaechi, former Governor of Rivers state, Senator Godswill Akpabio, former governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Babachir Lawal, past secretary to the Government of the Federation and others.


“In the same vein, we salute the courage of former Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose for voluntarily submitting himself to probe by EFCC after office”.

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Re: 2018 ASUU Strike Latest Updates
#2 Posted on: November 07, 2018, 02:20:16 PM
The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), University of Lagos Chapter says it has ensured total compliance with the strike directive given by the union’s National Executive Committee (NEC).


“We have achieved 100 per cent compliance with the directive handed to us by the union’s executives,” said the chapter chairman

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Re: 2018 ASUU Strike Latest Updates
#3 Posted on: November 11, 2018, 01:56:53 PM

Govt yet to start talks on strike – ASUU



The Academic Staff Union of Universities says the Federal Government has not begun any dialogue with them.

The National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who stated this, added that the union was not surprised by the government’s attitude, given the experiences of the 2009 and 2013 agreements.


He said, “We have our structure for compliance and monitoring of the strike. As we speak, our members have withdrawn from classrooms in more than two-thirds of universities. Others declared on Thursday because we gave them two days to hold their congresses and to debrief them. That was why the strike didn’t start at the same time.


“We are not surprised that no dialogue has come up yet between us and the government. In all our engagements with the government, except in 2017, we have always passed through stages. The first stage is that the government will ignore us. Secondly, they will say we are telling lies. But when the lies are no longer hidden and truth is out, they will say we should come for a meaningful dialogue.”


The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and Employment has yet to make an official comment on the ASUU strike.

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Re: 2018 ASUU Strike Latest Updates
#4 Posted on: November 13, 2018, 07:23:08 PM
In a recent statement, Vice president osinbajo commented on Asuu strike saying that the government was engaging the leadership of the union, noting that the next meeting would be on Nov. 15.

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Re: 2018 ASUU Strike Latest Updates
#5 Posted on: November 15, 2018, 09:16:53 PM
The meeting between the Nigerian government and university lecturers has ended without resolution of the nationwide strike.

Lecturers said the strike which began on November 4 would continue.

The meeting began 3p.m and ended 8:15 p.m. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said government’s discussion with ASUU will continue next week .


 

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