On Sunday, August 28, 2022, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) National Executive Council (NEC) will convene to decide whether to halt or continue the industrial action.
The meeting will take place at the union’s national headquarters at the University of Abuja, according to reports from sources among the NEC members, our reporter was informed on Monday.
According to further information received, the council will decide on the industrial action based on information from the different state congresses.
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ASUU reportedly began a strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, according to Gistlover news.
The union had demanded that the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement be renegotiated, that funds for university revitalization be released, that the University Transparency Accountability System be implemented for the payment of university lecturers’ salaries and benefits, that earned allowances be released, and that the white paper report of the visitation panels to universities be made public.
“The NEC meeting will take place on August 28. The four-week deadline we set expires on that day. We’ll base our choices on the outcomes of the state congresses.
The outcome of the congresses must be taken into account by the NEC. The branch chairmen will also speak with their members and gather input, which they would then relay to the NEC, one of the individuals added. The zones have already conducted their own congresses.
Does it seem like the administration wants to stop the strike, the source queried when asked whether the union would consider calling off the walkout.
Assuring our reporter of the NEC meeting’s date, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, head of the ASUU at the Federal University of Technology in Minna, simply said, “Yes, Sunday.”
Other university-based unions, including the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, and other affiliated educational institutions, went on strike shortly after the ASUU strike began to press their demands.
The government had formed a negotiating team to explore talks with the unions in an effort to put a stop to the strike, and it was headed by Nimi Briggs, the pro-chancellor of the Federal University of Lokoja.
The government and ASUU’s talks have deadlocked while SSANU, NASU, and NAAT have called off their strikes.
On Monday, the Federal Ministry of Education said that it was unaware of any efforts to outlaw ASUU.
The ministry said that it was absurd for the union to have continued its strike in spite of the government’s efforts.
This information was provided in a conversation with our reporter in Abuja by the ministry’s spokesman, Ben Goong.
According to media reports, the government intended to ban the union and take it to the National Industrial Court as a result of the walkout.
We are not aware of such plans, Goong said. All of the updates were provided by the minister at his news conference with State House reporters. He would have made a note if there were any intentions to take more action.
As for the next stages, the government has already established a committee to synchronize the IPPIS, UTAS, and UP3; this will guarantee that the government will pay with only one payment platform that will synchronize all the technological quirks.
“The administration has also announced its successes. In the previous ten years, N2.5 trillion has been spent on tertiary education, which is much higher than the sum specified in the 2009 agreement. Additionally, concerns about pay adjustments have been addressed.
“If your demands are met to roughly 80% of your satisfaction, there is no need to continue the strike. Given that the administration has made efforts to address the majority of the requests, it is unrealistic for the strike to continue indefinitely.
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