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2019 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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#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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#6 Posted on: November 17, 2018, 07:58:25 AM
Rivers State University Scorns ASUU Strike, Resume Lectures On Monday For 2018/2019 Academic Session.....

Read:   https://www.xtremeloaded.com/12904/rivers-state-university-scorns-asuu-strike-resume-lectures-on-monday-for-2018-20

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#7 Posted on: November 17, 2018, 07:58:56 AM
Rivers State University Scorns ASUU Strike, Resume Lectures On Monday For 2018/2019 Academic Session.....

Read:   https://www.xtremeloaded.com/12904/rivers-state-university-scorns-asuu-strike-resume-lectures-on-monday-for-2018-20

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#8 Posted on: December 06, 2018, 02:22:38 PM

Ngige takes over negotiations with ASUU





The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has taken over the negotiation between the Federal government and the university lecturers.



This is to ensure speedy resolution of all issues.


The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, had been leading the negotiation with ASUU, but Ngige, said last night that he had taken over the negotiation by the power conferred on him by section 5 of the Trade Dispute Act.


In a statement issued on Wednesday night, the Minister also condemned the statement made by Femi Falana, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), describing as illegal, the enforcement of Sec. 43.1 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 on the No Work No Pay provision.

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#9 Posted on: January 03, 2019, 10:49:55 AM

Federal Government Releases N15.89b To Universities To End Strike




There might be hope for Nigerian students as sources discloses that the federal government has paid the oustanding dues they owe lecturers.


ASUU National President Biodun Ogunyemi attributed the strike to “the insincerity of government in meeting our demands”. The demands are:

payment of shortfall in salaries of universities; waiver/ government fiat to set up Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company; (NUPEMCO); revitalisation funds for varsities; and payment of earned academic allowances for lecturers, senior staff and other workers. 


It is reported that on Monday, the Federal Government succeeded in addressing the demands of the lecturers and other unions.

“One of the conditions met by the Federal Government was the release of N15.89billion to universities on New Year’s Eve( Monday) for the payment of shortfall in salaries of universities,” a source said.


“The cash is expected to hit the account of all the institutions on or before the close of work today (Wednesday),”


“The government has also set aside N20billion as revitalisation funds for varsities. The National Universities Commission( NUC) has been directed to work out the modalities for allocating the funds to all institutions.


“On the demand for the setting up of Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company ( NUPEMCO), the government has directed the National Pension Commission (NUPEMCO) to issue a licence for the company’s take-off.

“Funds have also been set aside for Earned Academic allowances for lecturers, senior staff and other workers.”

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#10 Posted on: January 12, 2019, 11:54:32 AM
According to Daily Post, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has vowed that the ongoing strike would not be called off until the Federal Government fulfils all the agreement both parties reached in their last meeting.



ASUU said it was tired of Federal Government’s antics of making unfulfilled promises. The lecturers insisted that the strike would be called off only if they got tangible evidence and concrete actions that the offers made to them by the Federal Government had been implemented.



In an interview with reporters in Lagos, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU asked when the strike would be called off, the ASUU President said,


“Our members said they want to see evidence of satisfactory implementation of all they have proposed before the strike can be called off.”




“As for the proposal, it can be disaggregated. “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.




“If they have implemented it, it is off the list. If the government says it will pay a shortfall of salaries on a certain date, and the date comes and they release the money, it is also implementation. There is no agreement on the matter.


“On the revitalisation fund, we presented to the government that five tranches of N220bn each were outstanding. The government has not said it will release one, even if it is spread over a period of one year. There is no agreement on that. What they are offering is not even up to one tranche.


“Last year, they promised to release the fund but they did not till November when the strike began. Long story short, our members are saying they do not want promises again, what they want is action, implementation or disbursement of funds. The government must act in a way to convince the union that agreement has not been set aside; to show that government has not set aside the agreement, they should release one tranche.”


On Tuesday, ASUU met with the Federal Government officials including the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, as well as his Labour and Employment counterpart, Chris Ngige.


Ngige had told reporters that the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Ministry of Finance had confirmed with evidence that N15.4bn had been released to public universities.

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#11 Posted on: January 22, 2019, 11:02:34 AM

Meeting between FG and lecturers ends without resolution




ASUU leaders and government met for the eight time to resolve the strike which started on Sunday, November 4, 2018.


The meeting which held at the Federal Ministry of Labour headquarters didn't bring out positive results.

While addressing journalists at the end of the meeting which lasted about four hours, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the meeting will reconvene at the instance of the union, Premium Times reported.



Ngige also told journalist after the meeting that the aggregate amount the lecturers are asking for is beyond the N50 billion ASUU claimed to be demanding for.



”If you aggregate the total amount of money involved, it is beyond N50 billion. We are paying in several compartments and these are debt from 2009 to 2012. We have started defraying the earned allowances there and released N15.4 billion for shortfall in the payment of salaries,”


According to Premium Times, Ngige said government has released N163 billion from Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETfund) to satisfy some of the demands of ASUU.


”Today we have agreed to fund revitalization. Government has released from TETFUND account about N163 billion. The meeting will reconvene at the instance of ASUU. FG is not weak in the negotiation. The strike is not slipping out of our hands,” he said.


”We did not take a long time than we anticipated. We have other commitments but the important thing is that we have made substantial progress. We have reached some agreements in seven areas,” he said.


The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said:

”We have not suspended the strike, discussion will continue at a later date. We are going back to our members for further consultation,”


ASUU declared an indefinite nationwide strike on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at its NEC meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure.

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#12 Posted on: February 01, 2019, 10:59:12 PM

The Friday, February 1, emergency meeting between the federal government and the leaders of ASUU has failed to produce good news






The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have again failed to reach a compromise to end the ongoing strike by the university lecturers.



Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment while addressing newsmen after a closed door meeting with the union on Friday, February 1, in Abuja said the meeting was protracted.



“The meeting was protracted, but the good news is that we have gotten to the end of the tunnel. “We met them half way and we have finished the gray areas and on the issue of N50 billion, we have offered what we have.

“We do not have N50 billion and we cannot do N50 billion, but we have offered them something reasonable. “So they have to take it back, and go and present to their members.”


Ngige, however, expressed hope that students would return to school soon, saying



“We will know when they will go back by Thursday”. Earlier, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President said the meeting had been adjourned to February 7.



“So, far on the level of progress made so far, I cannot tell you that now until I tell my members. “It is the feedback of the last meeting we came to present to government today.




“But right now, we have a new set of information that we have to go and present to our members until we tell our members, we cannot tell you,” he said.



Ogunyemi noted that progress had been made on the ongoing negotiations. He added that



“We are making progress and the progress we are making is for everybody’s interest and stakeholders will benefit at the end of the day. “We will be meeting on Thursday, after which, we will address the press. “We have trashed all areas, so the progress we have made must first be related to our members.



“So until we tell them, and they tell us what to do that, that is only when we can relate to the press. The meeting adjourned till Thursday."

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#13 Posted on: February 03, 2019, 02:16:10 AM

Strike to be called off today or tomorrow - Minister



Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on Saturday suggested a breakthrough in negotiations with the striking university lecturers. At a media conference in Abuja, he said an agreement was reached with the union which was expected to cancel the strike.


He said on Saturday, “The strike will be called off from today or tomorrow and certainly, there won’t be strike next week.”



The lecturers under the umbrella of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) started an indefinite strike on November 5, 2018

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#14 Posted on: February 07, 2019, 09:11:52 PM

Asuu suspends 3 month old strike

 

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