Full excerpts of the 2009agreement between ASUU and FG:the cause of the impasse

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These are excerpts of the agreement
between ASUU and federal
government for a better
understanding of the impasse.
Establishment of the Federal
Government of Nigeria (FGN)/ Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) Re-Negotiation Committee
On Thursday, 14th December, 2006,
the then Honourable Minister of
Education, Dr. (Mrs.) Obiageli
Ezekwesili, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN),
inaugurated the FGN/ASUU Re-
negotiation Committee comprising the
FGN Re-negotiation Team led by the
then
Pro-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Deacon Gamaliel O. Onosode, OFR,
and the ASUU Re-negotiation Team led
by the then President of ASUU, Dr.
Abdullahi Sule-Kano.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
The single Term of Reference of the Committee was to re-negotiate the
2001 FGN/ASUU Agreement and enter
into a workable Agreement. In the
course of discussion, the Committee
agreed that the essence of the Re-
negotiation was: (i) To reverse the decay in the
University System, in order to
reposition it for greater responsibilities
in national development;
(ii) To reverse the brain drain, not only
by enhancing the remuneration of academic staff, but also by
disengaging them from the
encumbrances of a unified civil service
wage structure;
(iii) To restore Nigerian Universities,
through immediate, massive and sustained financial intervention; and,
(iv) To ensure genuine university
autonomy and academic freedom.
1.3 COMPOSITION OF THE FGN/ASUU RE-
NEGOTIATION COMMITTEE
The FGN/ASUU Re-negotiation Committee comprised the following
Members, Advisers, Observers and the
Joint Secretariat:
1.3.1 GOVERNMENT RE-NEGOTIATION
TEAM
(a) Deacon Gamaliel O. Onosode, OFR Immediate PastTeam Leader & Pro-
Chancellor, Chairman, Re-
NegoUniversity of Ibadan. tiation
Committee
(
b) Prof. Musa Abdullahi Secretary General Member (Deceased CVC &
Immediate 30th October, 2008)
Past Pro-Chancellor, University of Jos
(c ) Prof. Greg Iwu, OONImmediate Past
ProChancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe
University, Awka. Member (
d) Rev. Father T. E. UwaifoImmediate
Past Pro-Chancellor, Ambrose Alli
University Ekpoma. Member
(e) Barrister Emeka Nself-servicepa
Former Pro-Chancellor, Abia State University, Uturu. Member
(f) Amb. Muh. Adamu Jumba
Immediate Past Pro-Chancellor, Bayero
University, Kano. Member
(g) Prof. Mahmood. Yakubu Executive
Secretary, ETF Member Abuja (h) Senator Abdalla Wali Former Pro-
Chancellor, University of Technology,
Yola Member (until 23rd February,
2008)
1.3.2 ASUU RE-NEGOTIATION TEAM
(a) Dr. Abdullahi Sule-Kano President Team Leader (until May 2008)
(b) Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie President
Team Leader
(from June, 2008) ( c) Dr. Oladipo
FashinaMember
(d) Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson Member (e) Dr. Ogban Ogban-Iyam Member
(f) Prof. Eskor Toyo Member
(g) Prof. Chukuka Okonjo Member
(h) Prof. Omotoye Olorode Member
(i) Dr. (Mrs) Nnenna N. OtiMember
(j) Prof. Olatunde Oduleye Member (k) Dr. Biodun Onilude Member
(l) Prof. Idowu Awopetu Member
(m) Dr. Olugbenga Ogunbote Member
(n) Dr. Ralph Ofukwu Member
(o) Prof. Emmanuel Egia Okoegwale
Member (p) Prof. C. O. OrubuMember
(q) Dr. Nasir F. IsaMember ( r) Dr.
Suleiman D. AbdulMember
(s) Dr. Festus Iyayi Member
And many others! There was a faculty
of senior citizens as advisers and witness too!!
THE RESOLUTIONS AND AGREEMENTS..
Salary Structure for Academic Staff in
Nigerian Universities
It was agreed that there shall be a
separate Salary Structure for University Academic staff to be known as
Consolidated University Academic
Salary Structure II (CONUASS II), which
is shown in Table 1. CONUASS II is
made up of the following three
components: (a) The Consolidated Salary Structure
for Academic Staff (CONUASS)
approved by the Federal Government
of Nigeria (FGN) effective 1st January
2007 (FGN Circular SWC/S/04/S.309/1,
dated 18th January, 2007). (b) Consolidated Peculiar University
Academic Allowances (CONPUAA),
exclusively for university teaching
staff and derived from allowances not
adequately reflected or not
consolidated in CONUASS. (c) Rent as approved by the FGN
effective 1st January 2007 (FGN
Circular SWC/S/04/S.309/1, dated
18th January, 2007).
Earned Academic Allowances
It was agreed that entitled academic staff shall be paid the following earned
allowances at the rates indicated for
undertaking the listed assignments.
Postgraduate Supervision Allowance
(i) Lecturer I N15,000 per student, per
annum (ii) Senior Lecturer N20,000 per
student, per annum
(iii) Reader & Professor N25,000 per
student, per annum
This allowance shall be paid to the
entitled academic staff for a maximum of 5 students per annum.
b. Teaching Practice/Industrial
Supervision/Field Trip Allowances
(i) Assistant Lecturer – Lecturer I
N60,000 per annum
(ii) Senior Lecturer N80,000 per annum
(iii) Reader & Professor N100,000 per
annum
Where the work involves travelling out
of town, the usual mileage and night
allowances shall be paid in line with the existing Government regulations.
Also, where a staff is involved in more
than one of the above activities in a
given year, he or she shallbe
remunerated separately for each
activity. c. Honoraria for External/Internal
Examiner (Postgraduate Thesis)
External
(i) Master’s degree N80,000 per thesis
(ii) Doctorate degree N105,000 per
thesis Internal
(i) Master’s degree N45,000 per thesis
(ii) Doctorate degree N65,000 per
thesis
Honoraria for External Moderation of
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Examinations
(i) Undergraduate Up to 50 Candidates
N60,000 more than 50 candidates
N80,000
(ii) Postgraduate Up to 10 Candidates
N60,000 more than 10 candidates N80,000
e. Postgraduate Study Grant
(i) Science based
Master’s degree N350,000 per session
Doctorate degree N500,000 per
session (ii) Non-Science based
Master’s degree N250,000 per session
Doctorate degree N350,000 per
session
The above grant is to encourage
young academics to obtain higher relevant qualification and remain on
the job, provided that they do not
exceed the normal years of the
approved programmes i.e. Two (2)
academic sessions for a Master degree,
Four (4) academic sessions for a Doctorate Degree programme.
f. External Assessment of Readers or
Professors
In view of the critical nature of
external assessment of candidates for
Professorship and Readership positions in developing and sustaining
the Universities, it was agreed that
external assessors shall be paid a
minimum allowance of N200, 000 per
assessment for the position of Reader
or Professor. g.
Call Duty/Clinical Duty/Clinic Hazard
It was agreed that Call Duty/Clinical
Duty/Clinical Hazard Allowance shall
be paid to entitled academics as in the
National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) circular reference
number SWC/S/04/S.309 of 18th
January, 2007 on approved Four Non-
regular Allowances in the Public
Service,
Responsibility Allowance It was agreed that Responsibility
Allowance shall be paid annually as
follows:
i. Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Librarian
N750,000
ii. Provost/Dean/Director N500,000 iii. Deputy/Vice/Associate Dean or
Provost N350,000
iv. Head of Dept./Sub Dean N250,000
v. Fac./Dept Exam Officer N150,000
vi. Hall Warden N150,000
vii. All other Officers N150,000 j. Excess Workload Allowance
It was agreed that Excess Workload
Allowance, which shall be phased out
without delay, shall be paid only to
entitled academic staff as follows:
i. Professor N3,500 per hour ii. Reader N3,500 per hour
iii. Senior Lecturer N3,500 per hour
vi. Lecturer I N2,000 per hour
v. Lecturer II N2,000 per hour
vi. Assistant Lecturer N2,000 per hour
vii. Graduate Assistant N2,000 per hour
University administrators shall ensure
that only those entitled are paid the
allowance.
THE. CRUX OF THE MATTER
FUNDING The Re-negotiation Committee, in
order to arrive at the funding
provisions stated below, took serious
cognizance of the widely
acknowledged fact that:
(i) The key to the survival of our country in the 21st Century lies in its
ability
to produce applied and theoretical
knowledge in science, technology and
the humanities; and
(ii) The task of revitalizing and accelerating the development of the
Nigerian University system to become
internationally competitive can no
longer be delayed, more so if Nigeria is
to become a leading economy in the
world within the next ten years or so as desired by the Government.
On the basis of the data collected, and
their analysis through a rational and
scientific procedure, the following
funding requirements were projected
for a quick and effective remedy of deficiencies in the programmes and
facilities, and for a systematic
upgrading of programmes and
facilities that would rapidly advance
Nigeria’s knowledge production for
development. (The justification of the projected figures is i̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊
Appendix I “Funding Requirements
for Revitalizing the Nigerian University
System: 2009 -2011).
4.1 Funding of Universities
It was agreed to recommend that: a)All regular Federal Universities shall
require the sum of one trillion, five
hundred and eighteen billion, three
hundred and thirty-one million, five
hundred and fortyfive thousand, three
hundred and four naira (N1,518,331,545,304) only for the
period
2009 -2011 as follows:
Year Amount (N)
2009 472,031,575,919
2010 497,531,778,701 2011 548,768,190,681
Total 1, 518, 331, 545, 304.
The agreement states further....
b.)Each State University shall require
three million, six hundred and eighty
thousand and eighteen Naira (N3,680,018) per student for the
period 2009 –2011 as follows:
Year Amount (N)
2009 1,144,075
2010 1,205,880
2011 1,330,063 Total (approximated) 3,680,000
These amounts include Recurrent and
Capital Grants, and are based mainly
on the disaggregated returns from the
universities.
4.2 SOURCES OF FUNDING 4.2.1 Federal and State Governments
The goal of this negotiation is to put
Nigeria in a strong position to become
a knowledgebased society that will be
able to compete and survive in the 21
st Century. To achieve this, the entire education
system requires massive funding at all
levels. While non-budgetary sources
have a role to play, and there must be
continuous efforts to identify and use
them prudently, the major source of funding education for national
development is through budgetary
allocation from State and Federal
Governments.
With this in view, the Re-negotiation
Committee agreed to recommend to the relevant authorities that:
(a)A minimum of 26% of the annual
budget of the State and Federal
Governments be allocated to
education;
(b)At least 50% of the budgeted 26% shall be allocated to the universities;
and,
(c)The representation of the Federal
Ministry of Education to the Revenue
Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission to
put education on the “First Charge” be vigorously pursued.
(d)Being mindful of the processes for
meeting this goal of 26% annual
budgetary allocation to education as
enunciated in the UNESCO benchmark,
the Federal Government shall endeavour to progressively increase
its budgetary allocation to the
education sector in accordance with its
vision 20:2020 programme.
4.2.2
Federal Government Assistance to States for Higher Education
It was agreed that the Federal
Government should, as appropriate,
provide general assistance both to the
State Governments that are proprietors
of universities and those that do not own universities but need assistance
in the area of higher education, as
allowed by the Nigerian Constitution
(Section 164.1).
Let me pause here as you can peruse
the terms of the agreement and adopt an informed view about the industrial
action.
The questions are still begging for
answers...
1) This agreement was signed by prof
Onosode , pro-chancellor of unilag on behalf of the government and ASUU
chairman, can the government claim
ignorance of its financial obligation to
this agreement while planning the
budget?
2) If the country is not financially buoyant to foot this expenditure,
what stops the minister of education
from invoking the right of re-
negotiation as provided in the
agreement?
3) For the president to ask the reason for state uni to join the strike clearly
smirks of his ignorance of the terms of
this agreement.
4) Why did ASUU wait till 2013 to start
this strike when they could have
protested since the first installment ? 5) The NUC and representatives of ETF
and PTDF on the boards were given
the responsibility of notice and
reminders to government, if na to
donate 50million per university to
bribe senators to increase allocation, that mumu NUC sec go sabi do?
SUMMARY
The government entered into an
agreement out of ignorance or
insincerity of honoring it!
We need a new, workable and practical agreement with all stake
holders, a span of like 6 years and
commitment by all the parties.
The minister of finance should be part
of the committee to prevent another
''no money talk". The students body should be joined as
witness so that they are fully aware of
the ineptitude of the government
should they default.
And lastly, the president should be
properly briefed on issues.

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