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  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has extended its roll over strike by another four weeks to give government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues The President of ASUU Prof Emmanuel Osodeke made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday Osodeke said that the roll over strike action would take effect from 12 01 a m on Aug 1 He said that the decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the union held at the Comrade Festus lyayi National Secretariat University of Abuja on July 31 He said that the meeting was called to review developments since NEC s resolution to extend its roll over strike action by another 12 weeks effective from May 9 The NEC meeting took place against the backdrop of government s obligations as spelt out in the Memorandum of Action MoA it signed with ASUU on Dec 23 2020 Specifically NEC recalled that government s failure to conclude the process of renegotiating the 2009 Agreement deploy the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS and pay outstanding arrears of Earned Academic Allowances EAA Also government failed to release agreed sum of money for the revitalisation of public universities Federal and States address proliferation and governance issues in State Universities settle promotion arrears and release withheld salaries of academics Also in the agreement is failure to pay outstanding third party deductions led to the initial declaration of the roll over strike on Feb 14 2022 he said According to him NEC viewed with seriousness the recent directive given by the President and Visitor to all Federal Universities that the Minister of Education in consultation with other government officials should resolve the lingering crisis and report to him within two weeks Osodeke however expressed worry why it had taken five full months and needless muscle flexing for government to come to the realisation of the need for honest engagement NEC acknowledged the growing understanding of the issues and the groundswell of support for the union s principled demand for a globally competitive university education in Nigeria Nigerian universities must not be reduced to constituency projects that merely exist on paper and our scholars must be incentivised to stay back and do what they know best NEC appreciated the historic nationwide protest of July 26th and 27th organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations CSOs to further create awareness on the antics of the Nigerian ruling class to destroy public education ASUU renews its commitment to the struggles of NLC in championing the cause of the working and suffering Nigerians NEC observed that non signing of the draft renegotiated 2009 FGN ASUU Agreement more than one month after it was concluded by Prof Nimi Briggs led Committee is further tasking the patience of ASUU members nationwide the statement read in part The president also said that the on going trial of the suspended Accountant General of the Federation AGF Mr Ahmed Idris on allegation of fraud had vindicated ASUU s rejection of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information IPPIS According to him the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA is enjoined to release reports of the latest tests on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS vis a vis IPPIS without further delay He therefore said that the ASUU would resist any attempt to truncate the deployment of UTAS with all legitimate means available to the union The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the union had been on strike since Feb 14 over alleged refusal of the government to keep to agreement entered with the union The union demands included implementation of the 2009 renegotiation Agreement deployment of UTAS payment of outstanding arrears of Earned Academic Allowances EAA promotion arrears and release withheld salaries of academics NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU extends strike by another 1 month
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has extended its roll over strike by another four weeks to give government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues The President of ASUU Prof Emmanuel Osodeke made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday Osodeke said that the roll over strike action would take effect from 12 01 a m on Aug 1 He said that the decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the union held at the Comrade Festus lyayi National Secretariat University of Abuja on July 31 He said that the meeting was called to review developments since NEC s resolution to extend its roll over strike action by another 12 weeks effective from May 9 The NEC meeting took place against the backdrop of government s obligations as spelt out in the Memorandum of Action MoA it signed with ASUU on Dec 23 2020 Specifically NEC recalled that government s failure to conclude the process of renegotiating the 2009 Agreement deploy the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS and pay outstanding arrears of Earned Academic Allowances EAA Also government failed to release agreed sum of money for the revitalisation of public universities Federal and States address proliferation and governance issues in State Universities settle promotion arrears and release withheld salaries of academics Also in the agreement is failure to pay outstanding third party deductions led to the initial declaration of the roll over strike on Feb 14 2022 he said According to him NEC viewed with seriousness the recent directive given by the President and Visitor to all Federal Universities that the Minister of Education in consultation with other government officials should resolve the lingering crisis and report to him within two weeks Osodeke however expressed worry why it had taken five full months and needless muscle flexing for government to come to the realisation of the need for honest engagement NEC acknowledged the growing understanding of the issues and the groundswell of support for the union s principled demand for a globally competitive university education in Nigeria Nigerian universities must not be reduced to constituency projects that merely exist on paper and our scholars must be incentivised to stay back and do what they know best NEC appreciated the historic nationwide protest of July 26th and 27th organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations CSOs to further create awareness on the antics of the Nigerian ruling class to destroy public education ASUU renews its commitment to the struggles of NLC in championing the cause of the working and suffering Nigerians NEC observed that non signing of the draft renegotiated 2009 FGN ASUU Agreement more than one month after it was concluded by Prof Nimi Briggs led Committee is further tasking the patience of ASUU members nationwide the statement read in part The president also said that the on going trial of the suspended Accountant General of the Federation AGF Mr Ahmed Idris on allegation of fraud had vindicated ASUU s rejection of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information IPPIS According to him the National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA is enjoined to release reports of the latest tests on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS vis a vis IPPIS without further delay He therefore said that the ASUU would resist any attempt to truncate the deployment of UTAS with all legitimate means available to the union The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the union had been on strike since Feb 14 over alleged refusal of the government to keep to agreement entered with the union The union demands included implementation of the 2009 renegotiation Agreement deployment of UTAS payment of outstanding arrears of Earned Academic Allowances EAA promotion arrears and release withheld salaries of academics NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU extends strike by another 1 month
    General news6 months ago

    ASUU extends strike by another 1 month

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended its roll-over strike by another four weeks to give government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.

    The President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

    Osodeke said that the roll-over strike action would take effect from 12:01 a.

    m. on Aug. 1. He said that the decision was reached at an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the union held at the Comrade Festus lyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, on July 31. He said that the meeting was called to review developments since NEC’s resolution to extend its roll-over strike action by another 12 weeks, effective from May 9. “The NEC meeting took place against the backdrop of government’s obligations as spelt out in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with ASUU on Dec. 23, 2020. “Specifically, NEC recalled that government’s failure to conclude the process of renegotiating the 2009 Agreement, deploy the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and pay outstanding arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA).

    “Also government failed to release agreed sum of money for the revitalisation of public universities (Federal and States), address proliferation and governance issues in State Universities, settle promotion arrears, and release withheld salaries of academics.

    “Also in the agreement is failure to pay outstanding third-party deductions led to the initial declaration of the roll-over strike on Feb. 14, 2022,” he said.

    According to him, NEC viewed with seriousness the recent directive given by the President and Visitor to all Federal Universities that the Minister of Education, in consultation with other government officials, should resolve the lingering crisis and report to him within two weeks.

    Osodeke, however, expressed worry why it had taken five full months and needless muscle-flexing for government to come to the realisation of the need for honest engagement.

    “NEC acknowledged the growing understanding of the issues and the groundswell of support for the union’s principled demand for a globally competitive university education in Nigeria.

    “Nigerian universities must not be reduced to constituency projects that merely exist on paper and our scholars must be incentivised to stay back and do what they know best.

    “NEC appreciated the historic nationwide protest of July 26th and 27th  organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to further create awareness on the antics of the Nigerian ruling class to destroy public education.

    “ASUU renews its commitment to the struggles of NLC in championing the cause of the working and suffering Nigerians.

    “NEC observed that non-signing of the draft renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement more than one month after it was concluded by Prof. Nimi Briggs-led Committee is further tasking the patience of ASUU members nationwide,” the statement  read in part.

    The president also said that the on-going trial of the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, on allegation of fraud had vindicated ASUU’s rejection of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information (IPPIS).

    According to him, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is enjoined to release reports of the latest tests on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) vis-a-vis IPPIS without further delay.

    He, therefore, said that the ASUU would resist any attempt to truncate the deployment of UTAS with all legitimate means available to the union.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the union had been on strike since Feb. 14, over alleged refusal of the government to keep to agreement entered with the union.

    The union demands included implementation of the 2009 renegotiation Agreement, deployment of UTAS, payment  of outstanding arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), promotion arrears, and release withheld salaries of academics.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU have called for a bill to regulate how children of public officers enroll in schools outside the shores of Nigeria Prof Kingdom Tombra Chairman of the University of Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island chapter of the union made this known at the solidarity protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC on Tuesday in Yenagoa The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NLC embarked on the nationwide protest in solidarity with the ASUU and other affiliate unions over the lingering industrial action in public universities in Nigeria If this is done it will build a better society by developing formidable educational institutions and improve funding of the university system in Nigeria This struggle is not against government but about the working class and against the ruling class and we are very committed to it If the rich and poor go to the same university or institution I don t think the strike will occur again If they school here and their children are here they will show total support for the university system and the tertiary institutions in Nigeria he said NAN reports that lecturers in government owned universities commenced a nationwide strike on Feb 14 over the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS as a payment system in the university sector Earlier Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa who spoke to the organised labour commended the ASUU and the NLC for the peaceful conduct of the protest promising to channel their demands to the appropriate quarters Also speaking Mr John Ndiomu the NLC Chairman in Bayelsa commended the governor for his peaceful disposition He said that the workers and the students are being represented in the Nationwide solidarity rally Ndiomu urged the federal government to sign the renegotiated draft agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government Adopt University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS in place IPPIS Pay Earned Academic Allowances EAA Release of Revitalization Fund Release white paper on visitation to Federal Universities Amend NUC law to control proliferation of state universities without funding the labour leader said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU seeks bill to regulate foreign education for public officers’ children
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU have called for a bill to regulate how children of public officers enroll in schools outside the shores of Nigeria Prof Kingdom Tombra Chairman of the University of Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island chapter of the union made this known at the solidarity protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC on Tuesday in Yenagoa The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NLC embarked on the nationwide protest in solidarity with the ASUU and other affiliate unions over the lingering industrial action in public universities in Nigeria If this is done it will build a better society by developing formidable educational institutions and improve funding of the university system in Nigeria This struggle is not against government but about the working class and against the ruling class and we are very committed to it If the rich and poor go to the same university or institution I don t think the strike will occur again If they school here and their children are here they will show total support for the university system and the tertiary institutions in Nigeria he said NAN reports that lecturers in government owned universities commenced a nationwide strike on Feb 14 over the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS as a payment system in the university sector Earlier Gov Douye Diri of Bayelsa who spoke to the organised labour commended the ASUU and the NLC for the peaceful conduct of the protest promising to channel their demands to the appropriate quarters Also speaking Mr John Ndiomu the NLC Chairman in Bayelsa commended the governor for his peaceful disposition He said that the workers and the students are being represented in the Nationwide solidarity rally Ndiomu urged the federal government to sign the renegotiated draft agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government Adopt University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS in place IPPIS Pay Earned Academic Allowances EAA Release of Revitalization Fund Release white paper on visitation to Federal Universities Amend NUC law to control proliferation of state universities without funding the labour leader said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU seeks bill to regulate foreign education for public officers’ children
    Education6 months ago

    ASUU seeks bill to regulate foreign education for public officers’ children

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have called for a bill to regulate how children of public officers enroll in schools outside the shores of Nigeria. 

    Prof. Kingdom Tombra, Chairman of the University of Niger Delta University Wilberforce Island chapter of the union, made this known at the solidarity protest organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Tuesday in Yenagoa.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NLC embarked on the nationwide protest in solidarity with the ASUU and other affiliate unions over the lingering industrial action in public universities in Nigeria.

    “If this is done, it will build a better society by developing formidable educational institutions and improve funding of the university system in Nigeria. 

    “This struggle is not against government, but about the working class and against the ruling class and we are very committed to it “If the rich and poor go to the same university or institution, I don’t think the strike will occur again.

    “If they school here and their children are here they will show total support for the university system and the tertiary institutions in Nigeria,” he said.

    NAN reports that lecturers in government-owned universities commenced a nationwide strike on Feb. 14 over the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability  Solution (UTAS) as a payment system in the university sector.

    Earlier, Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa who spoke to the organised labour, commended the ASUU and the NLC for the peaceful conduct of the protest, promising to channel their demands to the appropriate quarters.

    Also speaking, Mr John Ndiomu, the NLC Chairman in Bayelsa commended the governor for his peaceful disposition.

    He said that the workers and the students are being represented in the Nationwide solidarity rally.

    Ndiomu, urged the federal government to sign the renegotiated draft agreement between ASUU and the Federal Government.

    ”Adopt University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) in place IPPIS, Pay Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) “Release of Revitalization Fund, Release white paper on visitation to Federal Universities.

    Amend NUC law to control proliferation of state universities without funding,” the labour leader said.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government says there was no Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU which currently awaits signing by the President Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said this in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Wednesday in Abuja Ngige said that the clarification was necessary in view of the deluge of deliberated misinformation being dished out to Nigerians by the President of ASUU Prof Osodeke as well as his branch leaders They are calling on President Buhari to sign an agreement which they claimed to have reached with the federal government According to Ngige when Collective Bargaining Agreement is produced between unions and the federal government it is not the president that signs But by the government side the Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs led by the direct employer with the concillliating ministry witnessing We wish therefore to inform Nigerians that there is no such CBA that has been reached between the federal government ASUU and other university unions on the renegotiation of their salaries and allowances wages What is in existence is a proposal Even when such CBA is made it is not the president that signs it From available records no Nigerian President or sovereign signs such he said The minister added that the true position was that Nigerians were aware that ASUU had been on strike since Feb 14 and locked in negotiations on their demand He said that their demand particularly include their conditions of service wages salaries allowances and other public service matters that would be guided by relevant federal government ministries and agencies He said that those involved include the Ministry of Finance Ministry of Education Ministry of Labour and Employment Budget office of the Federation He noted that others were the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Office of Head of Service of the Federation through the newly set up Prof Nimi Briggs Committee Note that that Prof Nimi Brigg Committee just like the Prof Munzali Committee it replaced is an internal committee of the Ministry of Education to receive ASUU demands and renegotiate areas of 2009 Agreement This is while also receiving briefs from the MDAs mentioned above that act as advisers before making any counter offer to ASUU and other unions Unfortunately ASUU insisted that these relevant advisory MDAs recue themselves from the sitting of the Briggs Committee accusing them of non cooperation he said According to Ngige due to exclusion engineered by ASUU and the arising complaints to the Chief of Staff to the President and the Minister of labour and Employment by the concerned MDAs He said the Chief of Staff and the Minister of Labour set up an inter sub Committee comprising the affected MDA s under the Minister of State Budget and Planning He added that they were to quickly look into Prof Briggs Committee report which to all intents and purpose was still a proposal in June 2022 at the government side meeting The minister added that the assignment was to be completed with the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages and given two weeks to come up with their recommendation Having rounded off its work the committee returned as verdict that with the Prof Briggs Proposal of 109 185 per cent increase in the university wage structure the Federal Government will incur an additional N560 billion as salaries alone On top of the present N412B less all other allowances such as Earned Academic Allowances and fringe benefits teaching allowance field trip responsibility and post graduate supervision allowances Hazard allowances which were to gulp another N170B In all the sum of N1 12 Trillion will be needed to pay the salaries and allowances of university lecturers and other staff in the university system At present the wage bill of the university staff and their colleagues in Teaching Health Systems gulp nearly 50 per cent of the total federal government staff personnel he said The minister said that currently the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages had finished the review of the Prof Nimi Briggs proposal and will shortly submit same to the President He added that this cleared every doubt that there was an agreement before the President waiting for his signature There is none Ngige however said that following the tripartite plus meeting of May 12 at the Presidential Villa NITDA was directed to subject the three platforms of IPPIS UTAS and UPPPS to test He said the fresh test on UTAS and on UPPPS has been concluded and results awaited while that of IPPIS is still in the works but all will be concluded in the next one week We finally use this medium to once more appeal to ASUU and their sister university unions whose complaints except the Renegotiation of their 20132014 Agreement to go back to school This is knowing full well that these ceaseless strikes de market our universities and certificates there from while government labours with their leaders to produce a standard pay rise as soon as possible he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: No Collective Bargaining Agreement awaiting signing by Mr President says FG
     The Federal Government says there was no Collective Bargaining Agreement CBA between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU which currently awaits signing by the President Sen Chris Ngige Minister of Labour and Employment said this in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Wednesday in Abuja Ngige said that the clarification was necessary in view of the deluge of deliberated misinformation being dished out to Nigerians by the President of ASUU Prof Osodeke as well as his branch leaders They are calling on President Buhari to sign an agreement which they claimed to have reached with the federal government According to Ngige when Collective Bargaining Agreement is produced between unions and the federal government it is not the president that signs But by the government side the Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs led by the direct employer with the concillliating ministry witnessing We wish therefore to inform Nigerians that there is no such CBA that has been reached between the federal government ASUU and other university unions on the renegotiation of their salaries and allowances wages What is in existence is a proposal Even when such CBA is made it is not the president that signs it From available records no Nigerian President or sovereign signs such he said The minister added that the true position was that Nigerians were aware that ASUU had been on strike since Feb 14 and locked in negotiations on their demand He said that their demand particularly include their conditions of service wages salaries allowances and other public service matters that would be guided by relevant federal government ministries and agencies He said that those involved include the Ministry of Finance Ministry of Education Ministry of Labour and Employment Budget office of the Federation He noted that others were the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Office of Head of Service of the Federation through the newly set up Prof Nimi Briggs Committee Note that that Prof Nimi Brigg Committee just like the Prof Munzali Committee it replaced is an internal committee of the Ministry of Education to receive ASUU demands and renegotiate areas of 2009 Agreement This is while also receiving briefs from the MDAs mentioned above that act as advisers before making any counter offer to ASUU and other unions Unfortunately ASUU insisted that these relevant advisory MDAs recue themselves from the sitting of the Briggs Committee accusing them of non cooperation he said According to Ngige due to exclusion engineered by ASUU and the arising complaints to the Chief of Staff to the President and the Minister of labour and Employment by the concerned MDAs He said the Chief of Staff and the Minister of Labour set up an inter sub Committee comprising the affected MDA s under the Minister of State Budget and Planning He added that they were to quickly look into Prof Briggs Committee report which to all intents and purpose was still a proposal in June 2022 at the government side meeting The minister added that the assignment was to be completed with the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages and given two weeks to come up with their recommendation Having rounded off its work the committee returned as verdict that with the Prof Briggs Proposal of 109 185 per cent increase in the university wage structure the Federal Government will incur an additional N560 billion as salaries alone On top of the present N412B less all other allowances such as Earned Academic Allowances and fringe benefits teaching allowance field trip responsibility and post graduate supervision allowances Hazard allowances which were to gulp another N170B In all the sum of N1 12 Trillion will be needed to pay the salaries and allowances of university lecturers and other staff in the university system At present the wage bill of the university staff and their colleagues in Teaching Health Systems gulp nearly 50 per cent of the total federal government staff personnel he said The minister said that currently the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages had finished the review of the Prof Nimi Briggs proposal and will shortly submit same to the President He added that this cleared every doubt that there was an agreement before the President waiting for his signature There is none Ngige however said that following the tripartite plus meeting of May 12 at the Presidential Villa NITDA was directed to subject the three platforms of IPPIS UTAS and UPPPS to test He said the fresh test on UTAS and on UPPPS has been concluded and results awaited while that of IPPIS is still in the works but all will be concluded in the next one week We finally use this medium to once more appeal to ASUU and their sister university unions whose complaints except the Renegotiation of their 20132014 Agreement to go back to school This is knowing full well that these ceaseless strikes de market our universities and certificates there from while government labours with their leaders to produce a standard pay rise as soon as possible he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: No Collective Bargaining Agreement awaiting signing by Mr President says FG
    Education7 months ago

    ASUU Strike: No Collective Bargaining Agreement awaiting signing by Mr President says FG

    The Federal Government says there was no Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which currently awaits signing by the President. Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said this in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Wednesday in Abuja. Ngige said that the clarification was necessary in view of the deluge of deliberated misinformation being dished out to Nigerians by the President of ASUU, Prof. Osodeke as well as his branch leaders. They are calling on President Buhari to sign an agreement which they claimed to have reached with the federal government. According to Ngige, when Collective Bargaining Agreement is produced between unions and the federal government, it is not the president that signs. “But by the government side, the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) led by the direct employer with the concillliating ministry witnessing. “We wish therefore to inform Nigerians that there is no such CBA that has been reached  between the federal government, ASUU and other university unions on the renegotiation of their salaries and allowances(wages). “What is in existence is a proposal. Even when such CBA is made, it is not the president that signs it. From available records, no Nigerian President or sovereign signs such, ’’he said. The minister added that the true position was that Nigerians were aware that ASUU had been on strike since Feb. 14, and locked in negotiations on their demand. He said that their demand particularly include, their conditions of service – wages, salaries, allowances and other public service matters, that would be guided by relevant federal government ministries and agencies. He said that those involved include the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Budget office of the Federation. He noted that others were the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission, Office of Head of Service of the Federation, through the newly set up Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee. “Note that that Prof Nimi Brigg Committee just like the Prof. Munzali Committee it replaced, is an internal committee of the Ministry of Education to receive ASUU demands and renegotiate  areas of 2009 Agreement. “This is while also receiving briefs from the MDAs mentioned above that act as advisers, before making any counter offer to ASUU and other unions. “Unfortunately, ASUU insisted that these relevant advisory MDAs recue themselves from the sitting of the Briggs Committee accusing them of non-cooperation,’’ he said. According to Ngige, due to exclusion engineered by ASUU, and the arising complaints to the Chief of Staff to the President and the Minister of labour and Employment  by the concerned MDAs. He said  the Chief of Staff and the Minister of Labour set up an inter- sub Committee comprising the affected MDA’s under the Minister of State Budget and Planning. He added that they were to quickly look into Prof. Briggs Committee report which to all intents and purpose was still a proposal in June 2022 at the government side meeting. The minister added that the assignment was to be completed with the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages and given two weeks to come up with their recommendation. “Having rounded off its work, the committee returned as verdict;  that with the  Prof. Briggs Proposal of 109 -185 per cent increase in the university wage structure, the Federal Government will incur an additional N560 billion as salaries alone. “On top of the present N412B, less all other allowances such as Earned Academic Allowances and fringe benefits , teaching allowance, field trip, responsibility and post graduate supervision, allowances, Hazard allowances  which were to gulp another N170B. “In all, the sum of N1.12 Trillion will be needed to pay the salaries and allowances of university lecturers and other staff in the university system. “At present, the wage bill of the university staff and their colleagues in Teaching Health Systems gulp nearly 50 per cent of the total  federal government staff personnel ,’’ he said. The minister said that currently, the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages had finished the review of the Prof. Nimi Briggs proposal and will shortly submit same to the President. He added that this cleared every doubt that there was an agreement before the President waiting for his signature.  There is none! Ngige however, said that following the tripartite plus meeting of May 12, at the Presidential Villa, NITDA was directed to subject the three platforms of IPPIS, UTAS and UPPPS to test. He said the fresh test on UTAS and on UPPPS has been concluded and results awaited while that of IPPIS is still in the works  but all will be concluded in the next one week . “We finally use this medium to  once more appeal to ASUU and their sister university unions  whose complaints except the Renegotiation of their 20132014 Agreement, to go back to school. “This is knowing full well that these ceaseless strikes de-market our universities and certificates there from, while government  labours with their leaders to produce a standard pay rise as soon as possible,’’ he said. NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved N50 billion for rehabilitation of roads in Taraba and Yobe States as well as the construction of injection substations to boost power supply in Gwarinpa area of the Federal Capital Territory The News Agency of Nigeria reports that N48 4 billion of the amount was approved for roads in Taraba and Yobe while the remaining N1 6 billion was meant for the FCT electrification project The Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed revealed this to State House Correspondents at the end of the council s meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday Giving the breakdown of the N48 4 billion the minister said N29 8 billion was approved as revised cost for the rehabilitation of Yola Hong Mubi road and N18 billion was approved for the Yobe State Government as refunds for the construction of federal government roads in the state He said The Minister of the FCT brought his memo seeking for approval for the upward review of the contract for the construction of two 15 MVA injection substations at Life Camp Gwarinpa in Abuja In 2015 council approved the contract to supply 1533 MVA injection substations to improve power supply in Gwarinpa but regrettably for more than two years the contractors could not access the site due to ownership tussle of the land By the time they later had access prices went up dollar appreciated and they came back in 2018 and are coming again today saying that given the population of Gwarinpa now they need not two but actually three injection substations there and that contract was approved today for the sum of N1 640 406 426 26 Also fielding questions from the correspondents the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige dismissed the insinuation that the Federal Government was planning to introduce different salary payment platforms for the trade unions in tertiary institutions The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU had insisted on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS it created claiming that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System IPPIS was short changing them The federal government had in March said UTAS failed three integrity tests The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU and Non Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions NASU had also recommended Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System UPPPS as their own payment platform Ngige however said No employee or worker can dictate to his employer how he or she will be paid He assured that efforts were on towards resolving the ongoing faceoff between the government and ASUU as well as other university based unions over payment platforms He said contrary to insinuations that the government was not engaging with ASUU there had been series of meetings between all parties with the next one coming up on Thursday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FEC approves N50bn for roads in Northeast, FCT Electrification Project
     The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved N50 billion for rehabilitation of roads in Taraba and Yobe States as well as the construction of injection substations to boost power supply in Gwarinpa area of the Federal Capital Territory The News Agency of Nigeria reports that N48 4 billion of the amount was approved for roads in Taraba and Yobe while the remaining N1 6 billion was meant for the FCT electrification project The Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed revealed this to State House Correspondents at the end of the council s meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday Giving the breakdown of the N48 4 billion the minister said N29 8 billion was approved as revised cost for the rehabilitation of Yola Hong Mubi road and N18 billion was approved for the Yobe State Government as refunds for the construction of federal government roads in the state He said The Minister of the FCT brought his memo seeking for approval for the upward review of the contract for the construction of two 15 MVA injection substations at Life Camp Gwarinpa in Abuja In 2015 council approved the contract to supply 1533 MVA injection substations to improve power supply in Gwarinpa but regrettably for more than two years the contractors could not access the site due to ownership tussle of the land By the time they later had access prices went up dollar appreciated and they came back in 2018 and are coming again today saying that given the population of Gwarinpa now they need not two but actually three injection substations there and that contract was approved today for the sum of N1 640 406 426 26 Also fielding questions from the correspondents the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige dismissed the insinuation that the Federal Government was planning to introduce different salary payment platforms for the trade unions in tertiary institutions The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU had insisted on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS it created claiming that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System IPPIS was short changing them The federal government had in March said UTAS failed three integrity tests The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU and Non Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions NASU had also recommended Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System UPPPS as their own payment platform Ngige however said No employee or worker can dictate to his employer how he or she will be paid He assured that efforts were on towards resolving the ongoing faceoff between the government and ASUU as well as other university based unions over payment platforms He said contrary to insinuations that the government was not engaging with ASUU there had been series of meetings between all parties with the next one coming up on Thursday NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FEC approves N50bn for roads in Northeast, FCT Electrification Project
    General news7 months ago

    FEC approves N50bn for roads in Northeast, FCT Electrification Project

    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N50 billion for rehabilitation of roads in Taraba and Yobe States as well as the construction of injection substations to boost power supply in Gwarinpa area of the Federal Capital Territory.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that N48.4 billion of the amount was approved for roads in Taraba and Yobe while the remaining N1.6 billion was meant for the FCT electrification project.

    The Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, revealed this to State House Correspondents at the end of the council’s meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.

    Giving the breakdown of the N48.4 billion, the minister said N29.8 billion was approved as revised cost for the rehabilitation of Yola-Hong-Mubi road and N18 billion was approved for the Yobe State Government as refunds for the construction of federal government roads in the state.

    He said: “The Minister of the FCT brought his memo seeking for approval for the upward review of the contract for the construction of two 15 MVA injection substations at Life Camp Gwarinpa, in Abuja.

    “In 2015, council approved the contract to supply 1533 MVA  injection substations to improve power supply in Gwarinpa, but regrettably for more than two years the contractors could not access the site due to ownership tussle of the land.

    “By the time they later had access, prices went up, dollar appreciated and they came back in 2018 and are coming again today saying that given the population of Gwarinpa now, they need not two but actually three injection substations there and that contract was approved today for the sum of N1,640,406,426.26.”

    Also fielding questions from the correspondents, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, dismissed the insinuation that the Federal Government was planning  to introduce different salary payment platforms for the trade unions in tertiary institutions.

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had insisted on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) it created, claiming that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was short changing them.

    The federal government had in March said UTAS failed three integrity tests.

    The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU) had also recommended Universities Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (UPPPS) as their own payment platform.

    Ngige, however, said: “No employee or worker can dictate to his employer how he or she will be paid.’’

    He assured that efforts were on towards resolving the ongoing faceoff between the government and ASUU as well as other university based unions over payment platforms.

    He said contrary to insinuations that the government was not engaging with ASUU, there had been series of meetings between all parties with the next one coming up on Thursday.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Brekete Family Programme a reality radio and television talk show has suspended its proposed N20 billion ASUU Crowd Intervention Fund aimed at resolving the lingering crisis between the union and the Federal Government Ahmed Isa Ordinary President of Brekete Family Programme suspended the intervention fund in Abuja on Saturday during a live programme as the officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU led by Prof Emmanuel Osodeke dissociated itself from the intervention Isa urged the union not to hold the government to ransom as it members were not ready to listen to the voice of peace mediation and reconciliation urging the government to take necessary action against them He expressed concern for the suspension of the fund especially as a donation of N50 million was received in the studio from Gov Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom and many Nigerians were also willing to contribute to the fund He said that the target was to raise N20 billion so that people of integrity would be nominated as trustees According to him the money will be handed over to the trustees who will in turn give it to the Federal Government for onward transfer to the union to end the lingering strike I am an individual and as a leader is trying to ensure that the crisis is resolved and the union is saying no to the whole process it is so disappointing I don t know what will be the next action I have suspended the crowd funding After thinking it over and if there is need for me to revisit it I will but if not I will refund everybody s money and I will withdraw the N10 million I have contributed Udom Emmanuel that has just lost the presidential ticket brought N50 million cash and others were willing to come because I said I was not willing to shift the date I gave I gave two weeks for us to raise this money and we have the money If only 36 people would bring N50 million we will have the money If 20 million Nigerians will contribute N1 000 each we will have N20 billion 20 million Nigerians is equivalent to less than 10 per cent of Nigeria population If we cannot solve our own problems then something is fundamentally wrong with us as a people he said The President of ASUU Prof Emmanuel Osodeke had earlier said that the name of the union should not be used to raise fund as its demands were for the generality of the university system Osodeke said that the decision to dissociate from the intervention fund was because decisions made at the union level was from bottom to top hence members would have to resolve whether they agree or not ASUU s decision are taking bottom up We have not discussed it and if the organisation says go ahead then I can participate Individuals and even alumni do contribute to the funding of education What we are saying is that the Federal Government should make university their first point of consultation but this hasn t happened he said ASUU president said that most of the problems associated with the strike were due to the delay in the visitation panels sent to the universities According to him visitation panels are supposed to be set up by law every five years with the role of coming to universities to look at issues bothering them and come up with white papers on recommendation on how to resolve the problems Visitation panel was set up in March 2021 and up till now the white papers are yet to be released and this is part of the issues leading to crisis in our universities In 2019 we had agreement with the government that captured the funding of universities welfare of staff and students and the rest We signed this agreement and the document was given to the government for implementation We have so many issues like poor infrastructural facilities a situation where in a university a 12 by 12 room was occupied by 12 students and also a situation where students cook with stone as well as students sitting on bare floor during lecture and we wrote our reports The report was sent to the Federal Executive Council FEC and it was agreed that N1 3 trillion which is the origin of the NEEDS assessment would be given to the universities but this has not been done In 2013 we reached an agreement that the N1 3 trillion should spread within six years but since that time the government has only given N15 million this is the origin of the problems he said Osodeke called on the government to accept the UTAS payment system saying it had passed 99 3 per cent competent test on functionality compared to the IPPIS which has been proven to be fraudulent He insisted that the union would not allow the IPPIS payment platform because it was contracted out adding that salaries should not be allowed to be paid by someone outside the country According to him every organisation has a duty to funding education we are not against them what we are saying is the we must follow the normal process He therefore urged parents to take over the struggle to end the lingering strike permanently The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had embarked on a nationwide warning strike from Feb 14 to press home its members demands The first warning strike started on Feb 14 for four weeks and the second strike commenced on March 15 for another four weeks while the third one was announced on May 9 for another 12 weeks The lecturers demands include funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities Earned Academic Allowances University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System www NAN
    Isah suspends ASUU crowd intervention fund, union dissociates self
     The Brekete Family Programme a reality radio and television talk show has suspended its proposed N20 billion ASUU Crowd Intervention Fund aimed at resolving the lingering crisis between the union and the Federal Government Ahmed Isa Ordinary President of Brekete Family Programme suspended the intervention fund in Abuja on Saturday during a live programme as the officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU led by Prof Emmanuel Osodeke dissociated itself from the intervention Isa urged the union not to hold the government to ransom as it members were not ready to listen to the voice of peace mediation and reconciliation urging the government to take necessary action against them He expressed concern for the suspension of the fund especially as a donation of N50 million was received in the studio from Gov Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom and many Nigerians were also willing to contribute to the fund He said that the target was to raise N20 billion so that people of integrity would be nominated as trustees According to him the money will be handed over to the trustees who will in turn give it to the Federal Government for onward transfer to the union to end the lingering strike I am an individual and as a leader is trying to ensure that the crisis is resolved and the union is saying no to the whole process it is so disappointing I don t know what will be the next action I have suspended the crowd funding After thinking it over and if there is need for me to revisit it I will but if not I will refund everybody s money and I will withdraw the N10 million I have contributed Udom Emmanuel that has just lost the presidential ticket brought N50 million cash and others were willing to come because I said I was not willing to shift the date I gave I gave two weeks for us to raise this money and we have the money If only 36 people would bring N50 million we will have the money If 20 million Nigerians will contribute N1 000 each we will have N20 billion 20 million Nigerians is equivalent to less than 10 per cent of Nigeria population If we cannot solve our own problems then something is fundamentally wrong with us as a people he said The President of ASUU Prof Emmanuel Osodeke had earlier said that the name of the union should not be used to raise fund as its demands were for the generality of the university system Osodeke said that the decision to dissociate from the intervention fund was because decisions made at the union level was from bottom to top hence members would have to resolve whether they agree or not ASUU s decision are taking bottom up We have not discussed it and if the organisation says go ahead then I can participate Individuals and even alumni do contribute to the funding of education What we are saying is that the Federal Government should make university their first point of consultation but this hasn t happened he said ASUU president said that most of the problems associated with the strike were due to the delay in the visitation panels sent to the universities According to him visitation panels are supposed to be set up by law every five years with the role of coming to universities to look at issues bothering them and come up with white papers on recommendation on how to resolve the problems Visitation panel was set up in March 2021 and up till now the white papers are yet to be released and this is part of the issues leading to crisis in our universities In 2019 we had agreement with the government that captured the funding of universities welfare of staff and students and the rest We signed this agreement and the document was given to the government for implementation We have so many issues like poor infrastructural facilities a situation where in a university a 12 by 12 room was occupied by 12 students and also a situation where students cook with stone as well as students sitting on bare floor during lecture and we wrote our reports The report was sent to the Federal Executive Council FEC and it was agreed that N1 3 trillion which is the origin of the NEEDS assessment would be given to the universities but this has not been done In 2013 we reached an agreement that the N1 3 trillion should spread within six years but since that time the government has only given N15 million this is the origin of the problems he said Osodeke called on the government to accept the UTAS payment system saying it had passed 99 3 per cent competent test on functionality compared to the IPPIS which has been proven to be fraudulent He insisted that the union would not allow the IPPIS payment platform because it was contracted out adding that salaries should not be allowed to be paid by someone outside the country According to him every organisation has a duty to funding education we are not against them what we are saying is the we must follow the normal process He therefore urged parents to take over the struggle to end the lingering strike permanently The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had embarked on a nationwide warning strike from Feb 14 to press home its members demands The first warning strike started on Feb 14 for four weeks and the second strike commenced on March 15 for another four weeks while the third one was announced on May 9 for another 12 weeks The lecturers demands include funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities Earned Academic Allowances University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System www NAN
    Isah suspends ASUU crowd intervention fund, union dissociates self
    General news8 months ago

    Isah suspends ASUU crowd intervention fund, union dissociates self

    The Brekete Family Programme, a reality radio and television talk show has suspended its proposed N20 billion  ASUU Crowd Intervention Fund aimed at resolving the lingering crisis between the union and the Federal Government. Ahmed Isa, Ordinary President of Brekete Family Programme, suspended the intervention fund in Abuja on Saturday during a live programme as the officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), led by Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke dissociated itself from the intervention. Isa urged the union not to hold the government to ransom as it members were not ready to listen to the voice of peace, mediation and reconciliation, urging the government to take necessary action against them. He expressed concern for the suspension of the fund, especially as a donation of N50 million was received in the studio from Gov. Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom and many Nigerians were also willing to contribute to the fund. He said that the target was to raise N20 billion so that people of integrity would be nominated as trustees. According to him, the money will be handed over to the trustees, who will in turn give it to the Federal Government for onward transfer to the union to end the lingering strike. ” I am an individual and as a leader is trying to ensure that the crisis is resolved and the union is saying no to the whole process, it is so disappointing. ” I don’t know what will be the next action. I have suspended the crowd funding. After thinking it over, and if there is need for me to revisit it, I will but if not, I will refund everybody’s money and I will withdraw the N10 million I have contributed. “Udom Emmanuel that has just lost the presidential ticket brought N50 million cash and others were willing to come because I said I was not willing to shift the date I gave. I gave two weeks for us to raise this money and we have the money. ” If only 36 people would bring N50 million, we will have the money. If 20 million Nigerians will contribute N1,000 each, we will have N20 billion. 20 million Nigerians is equivalent to less than 10 per cent of Nigeria population. ” If we cannot solve our own problems, then something is fundamentally wrong with us as a people,” he said. The President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke had earlier said that the name of the union should not be used to raise fund as its  demands were for the generality of the university system. Osodeke said that the decision to dissociate from the intervention fund was because decisions made at the union level was from bottom to top, hence members would have to resolve whether they agree or not. ” ASUU’s decision are taking bottom-up. We have not discussed it and if the organisation says go ahead, then I can participate. “Individuals and even alumni do contribute to the funding of education. What we are saying is that the Federal Government should make university their first point of consultation but this hasn’t happened,” he said. ASUU president said that most of the problems associated with the strike were due to the delay  in the visitation panels sent to the universities. According to him, visitation panels are supposed to be set up by law every five years with the role of coming to universities to look at issues bothering them and come up with white papers on recommendation on how to resolve the problems. ” Visitation panel was set up in March 2021 and up till now, the white papers are yet to be released and this is part of the issues leading to crisis in our universities. “In 2019, we had agreement with the government that captured the funding of universities, welfare of staff and students and the rest. We signed this agreement and the document was given to the government for implementation. ” We have so many issues like poor infrastructural facilities, a situation where in a university, a 12 by 12 room was occupied by 12 students and also a situation where students cook with stone as well as students sitting on bare floor during lecture; and we wrote our reports. “The report was sent to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and it was agreed that N1.3 trillion which is the origin of the NEEDS assessment would be given to the universities but this has not been done. “In 2013, we reached an agreement that the N1.3 trillion should spread within six years but since that time the government has only given N15 million, this is the origin of the problems,” he said. Osodeke called on the government to accept the UTAS payment system, saying it had passed 99.3 per cent competent test on functionality compared to “the IPPIS which has been proven to be fraudulent”. He insisted that the union would not allow the IPPIS payment platform because it was contracted out, adding that salaries should not be allowed to be paid by someone outside the country. According to him, every organisation has a duty to funding education, we are not against them, what we are saying is the we must follow the normal process. He, therefore, urged parents to take over the struggle to end the lingering strike permanently The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had embarked on a nationwide warning strike from Feb. 14 to press home its members’ demands.

    The first warning strike started on Feb. 14, for four weeks and the second strike commenced on March 15, for another four weeks, while the third one was announced on May 9, for another 12 weeks.

    The lecturers’ demands include funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

    Others are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System. (www.

    (NAN)

  •  The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union COEASU North Central Zone has appealed to the Federal Government to address the union s legitimate demands to avert an industrial action The union made the appeal in a statement signed by its Vice President and Zonal Coordinator Mr Noah Danlami in Kaduna on Thursday It cautioned the Federal and State governments that failure to address the legitimate demands with the urgency they deserve would cripple the college of education system in the country The union stressed that the inaction of the government would leave all colleges of education in the zone with no option than to participate in any industrial action declared by its national body According to the union the outright neglect by governments to the plight of the colleges of education has adversely affected the smooth running of these institutions COEASU North Central zone hopes that government at all levels and other critical stakeholders in the education sector will not allow the situation to degenerate to industrial disharmony This will be counterproductive to the realisation of the laudable goals for which Colleges of Education were established and the general growth and development of the education sector of our nation the union said The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the National Executive Council of the union on May 11 gave the Federal government a 21 day ultimatum to meet its demands or face industrial action Some of the lingering issues according to the union include reluctance of the Federal Government to renegotiate the 2010 Agreement and the refusal to adopt UTAS Platform for payment of salaries of universities and other tertiary institutions There is also the refusal of the Federal Government to release the N15 billion pledged revitalisation fund made in 2019 in addition to the N478 billion outstanding Presidential Needs Assessment Fund Agreement Another issue is the poor funding of colleges of education and poor conditions of service for state owned colleges especially colleges in the North Central Zone The union said that the Kaduna State Government for example still pays staff of its College of Education Gidan Waya a mutilated version of the obsolete CONTISS Salary Structure According to the lecturers the salary structure is still in use 13 years after its abolition and replacement with CONPCASS and CONTEDISS Salary Structures for academic and non academic Staff respectively Also the Benue State Colleges of Education in Katsina Ala and Oju have been owing Salary arrears for between four and five months till date Similarly Plateau State College of Education Gindiri Kogi State College of Education Ankpa Nasarawa State College of Education Akwanga and the Niger State College of Education Minna have all been subjected to ridiculous conditions of Service These range from poor salary non implementation of the legally approved 65 years retirement age multiple promotions without financial benefits Others are illegal introduction of extraneous promotion conditions outside the National Commission for Colleges of Education approved promotion requirements among others The union further lamented that many state governments have abdicated their responsibilities to their State owned Colleges of Education to Tertiary Education Trust Fund This is unacceptable the union said NAN
    COEASU urges FG to resolve disagreements to avoid impending strike action
     The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union COEASU North Central Zone has appealed to the Federal Government to address the union s legitimate demands to avert an industrial action The union made the appeal in a statement signed by its Vice President and Zonal Coordinator Mr Noah Danlami in Kaduna on Thursday It cautioned the Federal and State governments that failure to address the legitimate demands with the urgency they deserve would cripple the college of education system in the country The union stressed that the inaction of the government would leave all colleges of education in the zone with no option than to participate in any industrial action declared by its national body According to the union the outright neglect by governments to the plight of the colleges of education has adversely affected the smooth running of these institutions COEASU North Central zone hopes that government at all levels and other critical stakeholders in the education sector will not allow the situation to degenerate to industrial disharmony This will be counterproductive to the realisation of the laudable goals for which Colleges of Education were established and the general growth and development of the education sector of our nation the union said The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the National Executive Council of the union on May 11 gave the Federal government a 21 day ultimatum to meet its demands or face industrial action Some of the lingering issues according to the union include reluctance of the Federal Government to renegotiate the 2010 Agreement and the refusal to adopt UTAS Platform for payment of salaries of universities and other tertiary institutions There is also the refusal of the Federal Government to release the N15 billion pledged revitalisation fund made in 2019 in addition to the N478 billion outstanding Presidential Needs Assessment Fund Agreement Another issue is the poor funding of colleges of education and poor conditions of service for state owned colleges especially colleges in the North Central Zone The union said that the Kaduna State Government for example still pays staff of its College of Education Gidan Waya a mutilated version of the obsolete CONTISS Salary Structure According to the lecturers the salary structure is still in use 13 years after its abolition and replacement with CONPCASS and CONTEDISS Salary Structures for academic and non academic Staff respectively Also the Benue State Colleges of Education in Katsina Ala and Oju have been owing Salary arrears for between four and five months till date Similarly Plateau State College of Education Gindiri Kogi State College of Education Ankpa Nasarawa State College of Education Akwanga and the Niger State College of Education Minna have all been subjected to ridiculous conditions of Service These range from poor salary non implementation of the legally approved 65 years retirement age multiple promotions without financial benefits Others are illegal introduction of extraneous promotion conditions outside the National Commission for Colleges of Education approved promotion requirements among others The union further lamented that many state governments have abdicated their responsibilities to their State owned Colleges of Education to Tertiary Education Trust Fund This is unacceptable the union said NAN
    COEASU urges FG to resolve disagreements to avoid impending strike action
    Education8 months ago

    COEASU urges FG to resolve disagreements to avoid impending strike action

    The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), North Central Zone, has appealed to the Federal Government to address the union’s legitimate demands to avert an industrial action.

    The union made the appeal in a statement signed by its Vice President and Zonal Coordinator, Mr Noah Danlami, in Kaduna on Thursday.

    It cautioned the Federal and State governments that failure to address the legitimate demands with the urgency they deserve, would cripple the college of education system in the country.

    The union stressed that the inaction of the government would leave all colleges of education in the zone with no option than to participate in any industrial action declared by its national body.

    According to the union, the outright neglect by governments to the plight of the colleges of education has adversely affected the smooth running of these institutions.

    “COEASU North Central zone hopes that government at all levels and other critical stakeholders in the education sector will not allow the situation to degenerate to industrial disharmony.

    “This will be counterproductive to the realisation of the laudable goals for which Colleges of Education were established and the general growth and development of the education sector of our nation,” the union said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the National Executive Council of the union on May 11 gave the Federal government a 21-day ultimatum to meet its demands or face industrial action.

    Some of the lingering issues, according to the union, include reluctance of the Federal Government to renegotiate the 2010 Agreement and the refusal to adopt UTAS Platform for payment of salaries of universities and other tertiary institutions.

    There is also the refusal of the Federal Government to release the N15 billion pledged revitalisation fund made in 2019, in addition to the N478 billion outstanding Presidential Needs Assessment Fund Agreement.

    Another issue is the poor funding of colleges of education and poor conditions of service for state-owned colleges, especially colleges in the North Central Zone.

    The union said that the Kaduna State Government, for example, still pays staff of its College of Education, Gidan Waya, a mutilated version of the obsolete CONTISS Salary Structure.

    According to the lecturers, the salary structure is still in use 13 years after its abolition and replacement with CONPCASS and CONTEDISS Salary Structures for academic and non-academic Staff respectively.

    “Also, the Benue State Colleges of Education in Katsina-Ala and Oju have been owing Salary arrears for between four and five months till date.

    “Similarly, Plateau State College of Education, Gindiri, Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa, Nasarawa State College of Education, Akwanga, and the Niger State College of Education, Minna, have all been subjected to ridiculous conditions of Service.

    “These range from poor salary, non-implementation of the legally approved 65 years retirement age, multiple promotions without financial benefits.

    “Others are illegal introduction of extraneous promotion conditions outside the National Commission for Colleges of Education approved promotion requirements, among others.”

    The union further lamented that many state governments have abdicated their responsibilities to their State-owned Colleges of Education to Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

    “This is unacceptable,” the union said. (

    (NAN)

  •  Some parents in the FCT have called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to reach a workable agreement to enable their children resume school Some of the affected parents who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said the strike was having negative impact on their children and appealed for speedy resolution NAN recalls that ASUU had on Monday extended the strike by 12 weeks which brings it to 20 weeks the students will stay at home over the failure of government and the union to reach a workable agreements The union through its President Mr Emmanuel Osodeke had embarked on a nationwide warning strike from Feb 14 to press home its demands stressing that the action would continue until their demands were met The lecturers are demanding funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities Earned Academic Allowances University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System However Mr Silas Lagi a parent in Gwagwalada Area Council whose child is studying veterinary medicine at the University of Abuja said that the strike had made his son shift focus to other things that he did not budget for Lagi said If politicians and government appointees some who are also in the education sector can purchase nomination forms worth N100 million then there is something wrong with this country After each episode of strike the children are no more focused and they end up not graduating within the stipulated years My only pain is that the people in government are not feeling it because their own children are not in public schools but abroad or in private schools he said A parent in Abaji Area Council Mr Musa Gimba said parents appeal was for government to listen to the union and reach an agreement to save the future generation If the senators can have sitting and sleeping allowances then the builders of these characters should be considered they are the lecturers The Federal Government should listen to the demands of the striking union so that our children can go back to school Gimba said Mrs Julian David a parent in Kwali Area Council said her son is a final year student at Nasarawa State University studying law but cannot graduate because of the lingering strike I am seriously appealing to the relevant authorities on behalf of parents to end the strike and make education a top priority and save the sector from imminent collapse The Federal Government must at all costs meet the demands of the union to save the future of our children she said Meanwhile the union during its last National Executive Council NEC meeting noted that it was disappointed that government had not treated the matter with utmost urgency as expected of a reasonable responsive and well meaning administration NAN
    ASUU Strike: Parents tasks FG, ASUU on agreement
     Some parents in the FCT have called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU to reach a workable agreement to enable their children resume school Some of the affected parents who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja said the strike was having negative impact on their children and appealed for speedy resolution NAN recalls that ASUU had on Monday extended the strike by 12 weeks which brings it to 20 weeks the students will stay at home over the failure of government and the union to reach a workable agreements The union through its President Mr Emmanuel Osodeke had embarked on a nationwide warning strike from Feb 14 to press home its demands stressing that the action would continue until their demands were met The lecturers are demanding funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities Earned Academic Allowances University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System However Mr Silas Lagi a parent in Gwagwalada Area Council whose child is studying veterinary medicine at the University of Abuja said that the strike had made his son shift focus to other things that he did not budget for Lagi said If politicians and government appointees some who are also in the education sector can purchase nomination forms worth N100 million then there is something wrong with this country After each episode of strike the children are no more focused and they end up not graduating within the stipulated years My only pain is that the people in government are not feeling it because their own children are not in public schools but abroad or in private schools he said A parent in Abaji Area Council Mr Musa Gimba said parents appeal was for government to listen to the union and reach an agreement to save the future generation If the senators can have sitting and sleeping allowances then the builders of these characters should be considered they are the lecturers The Federal Government should listen to the demands of the striking union so that our children can go back to school Gimba said Mrs Julian David a parent in Kwali Area Council said her son is a final year student at Nasarawa State University studying law but cannot graduate because of the lingering strike I am seriously appealing to the relevant authorities on behalf of parents to end the strike and make education a top priority and save the sector from imminent collapse The Federal Government must at all costs meet the demands of the union to save the future of our children she said Meanwhile the union during its last National Executive Council NEC meeting noted that it was disappointed that government had not treated the matter with utmost urgency as expected of a reasonable responsive and well meaning administration NAN
    ASUU Strike: Parents tasks FG, ASUU on agreement
    General news9 months ago

    ASUU Strike: Parents tasks FG, ASUU on agreement

    Some parents in the FCT have called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to reach a workable agreement to enable their children resume school.

    Some of the affected parents, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said the strike was having negative impact on their children and appealed for speedy resolution.

    NAN recalls that ASUU had on Monday, extended the strike by 12 weeks which brings it to 20 weeks the students will stay at home over the failure of government and the union to reach a workable agreements.

    The union through its President, Mr Emmanuel Osodeke had embarked on a nationwide warning strike from Feb. 14 to press home its demands, stressing that the action would continue until their demands were met.

    The lecturers’ are demanding funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

    Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

    However, Mr Silas Lagi, a parent in Gwagwalada Area Council, whose child is studying veterinary medicine at the University of Abuja, said that the strike had made his son shift focus to other things that he did not budget for.

    Lagi said, “If politicians and government appointees, some who are also in the education sector can purchase nomination forms worth N100 million, then there is something wrong with this country.

    “After each episode of strike, the children are no more focused and they end up not graduating within the stipulated years.

    “My only pain is that the people in government are not feeling it because their own children are not in public schools but abroad or in private schools,” he said.

    A parent in Abaji Area Council, Mr Musa Gimba said parents  appeal was for government to listen to the union and reach an agreement to save the future generation.

    “If the senators can have sitting and sleeping allowances, then the builders of these characters should be considered; they are the lecturers.

    “The Federal Government should listen to the demands of the striking union so that our children can go back to school,” Gimba said.

    Mrs Julian David, a parent in Kwali Area Council, said her son is a final year student at Nasarawa State University studying law “but cannot graduate because of the lingering strike’’.

    “I am seriously appealing to the relevant authorities on behalf of parents to end the strike and make education a top priority and save the sector from imminent collapse.

    “The Federal Government must at all costs meet the demands of the union to save the future of our children,” she said.

    Meanwhile, the union during its last National Executive Council (NEC) meeting noted that it was disappointed that government had not treated the matter with utmost urgency as expected of a reasonable, responsive, and well-meaning administration.

    (NAN)

  •  The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has said there is no going back on its decision to continue with its ongoing strike following Federal Government s failure to honour the 2009 agreement ASUU President Prof Emmanuel Osedeke said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja Osedeke said the union took the difficult decision after exhausting all avenues available to amicably settle the matter with the Federal Government Let me give you an example because this is where we are getting it wrong when the airline operators said they were going to stop the flights the Senate and House of Representatives quickly stepped in This is because they are affected they quickly rushed in and addressed the problem why would they not resolve that of the education sector that is affecting the children of the poor and the ordinary people If the government is willing to resolve the issues affecting the Nigerians then there would be no need to go on strike The problem is the will of government to resolve issues he said NAN recalls that ASUU on Monday extended its roll over strike which started on Feb 14 by another 12 weeks The striking lecturers demands include funding of the revitalisation of public universities Earned Academic Allowances University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System Osedeke told NAN that none of these demands had been met by the Federal Government All the issues that made us to go on strike are still there that is the revitalisation fund that is putting more money into universities and revitalising the infrastructure in the universities There is also the issue of our mode of payments in the universities There is no university in the world where lecturers are paid salaries from the Accountant General s Office We have challenged them to provide one if universities are universal body why are they doing things differently We talk of negotiation of agreement proliferation of universities among others so there are lots of issues that they have not resolved he told NAN The ASUU president also said that government had also refused to accept UTAS that he said had been tested and passed with a scored 99 3 per cent Osedeke urged the Federal Government to do the needful in order for students to return to schools NAN
    Why we will remain on strike—ASUU
     The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has said there is no going back on its decision to continue with its ongoing strike following Federal Government s failure to honour the 2009 agreement ASUU President Prof Emmanuel Osedeke said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja Osedeke said the union took the difficult decision after exhausting all avenues available to amicably settle the matter with the Federal Government Let me give you an example because this is where we are getting it wrong when the airline operators said they were going to stop the flights the Senate and House of Representatives quickly stepped in This is because they are affected they quickly rushed in and addressed the problem why would they not resolve that of the education sector that is affecting the children of the poor and the ordinary people If the government is willing to resolve the issues affecting the Nigerians then there would be no need to go on strike The problem is the will of government to resolve issues he said NAN recalls that ASUU on Monday extended its roll over strike which started on Feb 14 by another 12 weeks The striking lecturers demands include funding of the revitalisation of public universities Earned Academic Allowances University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS and promotion arrears Others are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System Osedeke told NAN that none of these demands had been met by the Federal Government All the issues that made us to go on strike are still there that is the revitalisation fund that is putting more money into universities and revitalising the infrastructure in the universities There is also the issue of our mode of payments in the universities There is no university in the world where lecturers are paid salaries from the Accountant General s Office We have challenged them to provide one if universities are universal body why are they doing things differently We talk of negotiation of agreement proliferation of universities among others so there are lots of issues that they have not resolved he told NAN The ASUU president also said that government had also refused to accept UTAS that he said had been tested and passed with a scored 99 3 per cent Osedeke urged the Federal Government to do the needful in order for students to return to schools NAN
    Why we will remain on strike—ASUU
    General news9 months ago

    Why we will remain on strike—ASUU

    The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) has said there is no going back on its decision to continue with its ongoing strike following Federal Government’s failure to honour the 2009 agreement.

    ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osedeke, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Osedeke said the union took the ‘difficult decision’ after exhausting all avenues available to amicably settle the matter with the Federal Government.

    “Let me give you an example, because this is where we are getting it wrong, when the airline operators said they were going to stop the flights, the Senate and House of Representatives quickly stepped in.

    “This is because they are affected; they quickly rushed in and addressed the problem, why would they not resolve that of the education sector that is affecting the children of the poor and the ordinary people

    “If the government is willing to resolve the issues affecting the Nigerians, then there would be no need to go on strike.

    ‘“The problem is the will of government to resolve issues,” he said.

    NAN recalls that ASUU on Monday extended its roll-over strike which started on Feb. 14 by another 12 weeks.

    The striking lecturers’ demands include, funding of the revitalisation of public universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

    Others are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

    Osedeke told NAN that none of these demands had been met by the Federal Government.

    “All the issues that made us to go on strike are still there; that is the revitalisation fund, that is putting more money into universities and revitalising the infrastructure in the universities.

    “There is also the issue of our mode of payments in the universities. There is no university in the world where lecturers are paid salaries from the Accountant General’s Office.

    “We have challenged them to provide one, if universities are universal body, why are they doing things differently.

    “We talk of negotiation of agreement, proliferation of universities, among others, so there are lots of issues that they have not resolved,” he told NAN.

    The ASUU president also said that government had also refused to accept UTAS that he said had been tested and passed with a scored 99.3 per cent.

    Osedeke urged the Federal Government to do the needful in order for students to return to schools.

    (NAN)

  •  The Minister of State for Education Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has accepted the All Progressive Congress APC expression of interest form to become the President of the country in 2023 Nwajiuba who accepted the nomination form at a reception hosted by the Project Nigeria Group PNG in Abuja on Wednesday called on the party to forge the trust on him as their new symbol of unity growth and regeneration I thank with profound respect my fellow Nigerians both those present here and those in all our nooks and cranny whose desire for a regeneration has led them to identify me as their Chief Recruit for the job of moulding Nigeria along the path of its collective dreams They have gathered resources from every part of the country and purchased the form for which the APC will nominate a candidate to fly its flag in the presidential elections in February 2023 they have now presented this to me I now solemnly accept to run for us all and bear our party s flag into the elections and become our next president I do this recognising that in the last seven years President Muhammadu Buhari has performed extraordinary feats in ensuring that our progressive ideas have been established Both in physical infrastructure of every type and inclusive policies reaching out to our poor and less privileged as we strive to uplift Nigeria and Nigerians into a developed state he said Nwajiuba said that a lot was still outstanding and needed to be done as many citizens were still outside hungry unemployed and many more threatened by unwarranted and unnecessary internal security and economic challenges Our calling today invites me to take up a work path that builds on the solid foundations that have been laid thus far Provide different paradigms for new challenges and provide the platform for a vista that accommodates subject experts to pull together forces to meet our Nations challenges This is the path I propose to tread having been properly schooled experienced and tested in the last 30 years of active politics he said On the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Nwajiuba said financial autonomy was the only solution to addressing the incessant strikes by the union He acknowledged that the impact of ASUU strike was huge on the Nigerian students He said that the Federal Government had continued to appeal to ASUU to seek redress to its means of payment on Integrated Personnel and Payroll System IPPIS rather than the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS Speaking on resignation before participating in the 2023 general elections he said as guided by the law of the country we are required to resign 30 days before the general election There are laid down guidelines as there is no one here who has the power to confer on any person when to resign or not Nigeria s law is a tested law on this issue and anyone who has a challenge on this can go to court on it he said Meanwhile Alhaji Alhassan Aliyu representing North East youth in the PNG said the youths believed the minister had the strength to lead the country hence the need for pooling resources together to get him the form Also Dr Ndubuisi Ugochukwu from the PNG said the country needed a man with ideas competence capacity and a man who speaks the language of the 21st century to pilot the affairs of the country Ugochukwu said that youths in the six geo political zones religious and traditional institutions had consulted and came up with the choice of Nwajiuba NAN
    2023: Nwajiuba receives APC nomination form for president 
     The Minister of State for Education Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has accepted the All Progressive Congress APC expression of interest form to become the President of the country in 2023 Nwajiuba who accepted the nomination form at a reception hosted by the Project Nigeria Group PNG in Abuja on Wednesday called on the party to forge the trust on him as their new symbol of unity growth and regeneration I thank with profound respect my fellow Nigerians both those present here and those in all our nooks and cranny whose desire for a regeneration has led them to identify me as their Chief Recruit for the job of moulding Nigeria along the path of its collective dreams They have gathered resources from every part of the country and purchased the form for which the APC will nominate a candidate to fly its flag in the presidential elections in February 2023 they have now presented this to me I now solemnly accept to run for us all and bear our party s flag into the elections and become our next president I do this recognising that in the last seven years President Muhammadu Buhari has performed extraordinary feats in ensuring that our progressive ideas have been established Both in physical infrastructure of every type and inclusive policies reaching out to our poor and less privileged as we strive to uplift Nigeria and Nigerians into a developed state he said Nwajiuba said that a lot was still outstanding and needed to be done as many citizens were still outside hungry unemployed and many more threatened by unwarranted and unnecessary internal security and economic challenges Our calling today invites me to take up a work path that builds on the solid foundations that have been laid thus far Provide different paradigms for new challenges and provide the platform for a vista that accommodates subject experts to pull together forces to meet our Nations challenges This is the path I propose to tread having been properly schooled experienced and tested in the last 30 years of active politics he said On the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU Nwajiuba said financial autonomy was the only solution to addressing the incessant strikes by the union He acknowledged that the impact of ASUU strike was huge on the Nigerian students He said that the Federal Government had continued to appeal to ASUU to seek redress to its means of payment on Integrated Personnel and Payroll System IPPIS rather than the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS Speaking on resignation before participating in the 2023 general elections he said as guided by the law of the country we are required to resign 30 days before the general election There are laid down guidelines as there is no one here who has the power to confer on any person when to resign or not Nigeria s law is a tested law on this issue and anyone who has a challenge on this can go to court on it he said Meanwhile Alhaji Alhassan Aliyu representing North East youth in the PNG said the youths believed the minister had the strength to lead the country hence the need for pooling resources together to get him the form Also Dr Ndubuisi Ugochukwu from the PNG said the country needed a man with ideas competence capacity and a man who speaks the language of the 21st century to pilot the affairs of the country Ugochukwu said that youths in the six geo political zones religious and traditional institutions had consulted and came up with the choice of Nwajiuba NAN
    2023: Nwajiuba receives APC nomination form for president 
    General news9 months ago

    2023: Nwajiuba receives APC nomination form for president 

    The Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba has accepted the All Progressive Congress (APC) expression of interest form to become the President of the country in 2023.

    Nwajiuba, who accepted the nomination form at a reception hosted by the Project Nigeria Group (PNG) in Abuja on Wednesday, called on the party to forge the trust on him as their new symbol of unity, growth and regeneration.

    “I thank with profound respect my fellow Nigerians both those present here and those in all our nooks and cranny, whose desire for a regeneration has led them to identify me as their Chief Recruit for the job of moulding Nigeria along the path of its collective dreams.

    “They have gathered resources from every part of the country and purchased the form for which the APC will nominate a candidate to fly its flag in the presidential elections in February 2023, they have now presented this to me.

    “I now solemnly accept to run for us all, and bear our party’s flag into the elections and become our next president.

    “I do this recognising that in the last seven years, President Muhammadu Buhari has performed extraordinary feats in ensuring that our progressive ideas have been established.

    “Both in physical infrastructure of every type and inclusive policies reaching out to our poor and less privileged as we strive to uplift Nigeria and Nigerians into a developed state,” he said.

    Nwajiuba said that a lot was still outstanding and needed to be done as many citizens were still outside hungry, unemployed and many more threatened by unwarranted and unnecessary internal security and economic challenges.

    “Our calling today invites me to take up a work path that builds on the solid foundations that have been laid thus far.

    “Provide different paradigms for new challenges and provide the platform for a vista that accommodates subject experts to pull together forces to meet our Nations challenges.

    “This is the path I propose to tread, having been properly schooled, experienced and tested in the last 30 years of active politics,” he said.

    On the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nwajiuba said financial autonomy was the only solution to addressing the incessant strikes by the union.

    He acknowledged that the impact of ASUU strike was huge on the Nigerian students.

    He said that the Federal Government had continued to appeal to ASUU to seek redress to its means of payment on Integrated Personnel and Payroll System (IPPIS) rather than the University Transparency and Accountability Solution UTAS.

    Speaking on resignation before participating in the 2023 general elections, he said as guided by the law of the country, ‘we are  required to resign 30 days before the general election’.

    “There are laid down guidelines as there is no one here who has the power to confer on any person when to resign or not.

    “Nigeria’s law is a tested law on this issue and anyone who has a challenge on this can go to court on it,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Alhaji Alhassan Aliyu, representing North East youth in the PNG, said the youths believed the minister had the strength to lead the country, hence the need for pooling resources together to get him the form.

    Also, Dr Ndubuisi Ugochukwu from the PNG, said the country needed a man with ideas, competence, capacity and a man who speaks the language of the 21st century to pilot the affairs of the country.

    Ugochukwu said that youths in the six geo-political zones, religious and traditional institutions had consulted and came up with the choice of Nwajiuba.

    (NAN)

  •  The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige has blamed the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU for prolonging the industrial strike in the country The minister said the union had made negotiation difficult for both parties Ngige disclosed this in a statement issued by Patience Onuobia Acting Head of Press and Public Relation in the ministry on Tuesday in Abuja The minister was reacting to the insinuations that he was responsible for the ongoing action by the union Ngige however said he had done what many could not do to forestall strikes by ASUU According to him negotiation now is being made impossible by ASUU For example ASUU insists that National Information and Technology Development Agency NITDA should take the payment platform University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS that it developed That they should deploy it for payment in the university whether it is good or bad whether it failed integrity and vulnerability test or not ASUU members know that fraud committed on payment platforms can run into billions If a hacker adds zeros to hundreds it becomes billions he said Ngige noted that NITDA brought out the report of its test on UTAS noting that it passed the user acceptability but failed vulnerability and integrity tests that were the two critical tests that prevented fraud As a conciliator I spoke to ASUU and NITDA to continue the test and see whether they could make up the lapses and arrive at 100 per cent because that is what NITDA insists on According to him NITDA said they cannot even take the platform at 99 9 per cent of vulnerability and integrity That they can t take that risk on a payment system that it can be hacked into These are the issues So if you hear someone saying Ngige is responsible it is wrong I m not the one that implements I m the conciliator I conciliate so that there will be no more warfare and even in conciliation once I apprehend the parties go back to status quo ante which means you call off the strike ASUU should have by now called off the strike because that s what the law says I have earlier while we convened the National Labour Advisory Council in Lagos last month urged the NLC to which ASUU is affiliated to intervene in this respect Ngige said He also revealed that Prof Nimi Briggs Committee on Renegotiation of 2009 Agreement which ASUU shunned despite several appeals to them had rounded off its assignment and submitted to the Ministry of Education He added that we will follow it from there There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel The minister however noted that he had successfully conciliated 1 683 industrial disputes since assumption of office in 2015 He said that the role of the Minister of Labour was to conciliate disputes and did not include the implementation of agreements reached with parties However when conciliation fails the Minister is under obligation by section 9 and 14 of Trade Disputes Act Cap T8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria to transmit the results of the negotiation to the Industrial Arbitration Panel IAP or to National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN In the ongoing ASUU imbroglio I m the conciliator I bring them to negotiate with their employers That is the Ministry of Education and the National University Commission as well as IPPIS the office of the Accountant General of the Federation all under the Ministry of Finance At the end of every negotiation we put down what everybody has agreed on in writing and add timelines for implementation he said The Minister also noted that ASUU strike had been a recurrent decimal in the last 20 years adding that they had gone on strike 16 times So there is nothing new as such What is new however is that I have done what Napoleon could not do he said Ngige in another development mourned the death of former Minister of Labour Graham Douglas He described the late Douglas as a quintessential politician who excelled in labour administration at the incipient era of this democratic dispensation Ngige added that Nigeria has lost a patriot Graham Douglas will be remembered for effectively managing labour between 1999 and 2000 a very difficult period for the tripartite community having just emerged from long military dictatorship he said He prayed God Almighty to comfort his family and grant him eternal rest Editted by AbdulFatai Atuonwu NAN
    ASUU strike: Varsity lecturers making negotiation difficult–Ngige 
     The Minister of Labour and Employment Sen Chris Ngige has blamed the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU for prolonging the industrial strike in the country The minister said the union had made negotiation difficult for both parties Ngige disclosed this in a statement issued by Patience Onuobia Acting Head of Press and Public Relation in the ministry on Tuesday in Abuja The minister was reacting to the insinuations that he was responsible for the ongoing action by the union Ngige however said he had done what many could not do to forestall strikes by ASUU According to him negotiation now is being made impossible by ASUU For example ASUU insists that National Information and Technology Development Agency NITDA should take the payment platform University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS that it developed That they should deploy it for payment in the university whether it is good or bad whether it failed integrity and vulnerability test or not ASUU members know that fraud committed on payment platforms can run into billions If a hacker adds zeros to hundreds it becomes billions he said Ngige noted that NITDA brought out the report of its test on UTAS noting that it passed the user acceptability but failed vulnerability and integrity tests that were the two critical tests that prevented fraud As a conciliator I spoke to ASUU and NITDA to continue the test and see whether they could make up the lapses and arrive at 100 per cent because that is what NITDA insists on According to him NITDA said they cannot even take the platform at 99 9 per cent of vulnerability and integrity That they can t take that risk on a payment system that it can be hacked into These are the issues So if you hear someone saying Ngige is responsible it is wrong I m not the one that implements I m the conciliator I conciliate so that there will be no more warfare and even in conciliation once I apprehend the parties go back to status quo ante which means you call off the strike ASUU should have by now called off the strike because that s what the law says I have earlier while we convened the National Labour Advisory Council in Lagos last month urged the NLC to which ASUU is affiliated to intervene in this respect Ngige said He also revealed that Prof Nimi Briggs Committee on Renegotiation of 2009 Agreement which ASUU shunned despite several appeals to them had rounded off its assignment and submitted to the Ministry of Education He added that we will follow it from there There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel The minister however noted that he had successfully conciliated 1 683 industrial disputes since assumption of office in 2015 He said that the role of the Minister of Labour was to conciliate disputes and did not include the implementation of agreements reached with parties However when conciliation fails the Minister is under obligation by section 9 and 14 of Trade Disputes Act Cap T8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria to transmit the results of the negotiation to the Industrial Arbitration Panel IAP or to National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN In the ongoing ASUU imbroglio I m the conciliator I bring them to negotiate with their employers That is the Ministry of Education and the National University Commission as well as IPPIS the office of the Accountant General of the Federation all under the Ministry of Finance At the end of every negotiation we put down what everybody has agreed on in writing and add timelines for implementation he said The Minister also noted that ASUU strike had been a recurrent decimal in the last 20 years adding that they had gone on strike 16 times So there is nothing new as such What is new however is that I have done what Napoleon could not do he said Ngige in another development mourned the death of former Minister of Labour Graham Douglas He described the late Douglas as a quintessential politician who excelled in labour administration at the incipient era of this democratic dispensation Ngige added that Nigeria has lost a patriot Graham Douglas will be remembered for effectively managing labour between 1999 and 2000 a very difficult period for the tripartite community having just emerged from long military dictatorship he said He prayed God Almighty to comfort his family and grant him eternal rest Editted by AbdulFatai Atuonwu NAN
    ASUU strike: Varsity lecturers making negotiation difficult–Ngige 
    Education9 months ago

    ASUU strike: Varsity lecturers making negotiation difficult–Ngige 

    The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has blamed the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for prolonging the industrial strike in the country.

    The minister said the union had made negotiation difficult for both parties.

    Ngige disclosed this in a statement issued by Patience Onuobia, Acting Head of Press and Public Relation in the ministry on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The minister was reacting to the insinuations that he was responsible for the ongoing action by the union.

    Ngige however, said he had done what many could not do to forestall strikes by ASUU.

    According to him, negotiation now is being made impossible by ASUU.

    “For example, ASUU insists that National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) should take the payment  platform, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) that it developed.

    “That they should deploy it for payment in the university whether it is good or bad, whether it failed integrity and vulnerability test or not .

    “ASUU members know that fraud committed on payment platforms can run into billions. If a hacker adds zeros to hundreds, it becomes billions, ’’he said.

    Ngige noted that NITDA brought out the report of its test on UTAS, noting that it passed the user acceptability but failed vulnerability and integrity tests that were the two critical tests that prevented fraud.

    “As a conciliator, I spoke to ASUU and NITDA to continue the test and see whether they could make up the lapses and arrive at 100 per cent because that is what NITDA insists on.

    According to him, NITDA said they cannot even take the platform at 99.9 per cent of vulnerability and integrity. That they can’t take that risk on a payment system, that it can be hacked into.

    “These are the issues. So if you hear someone  saying Ngige is responsible, it is wrong. I’m not the one that implements. I’m the conciliator.

    “I conciliate, so that there will be no more warfare and even in conciliation, once I apprehend, the parties go back to status quo ante- which means, you call off the strike .

    “ASUU should have by now called off the strike because that’s what the law says.

    “I have earlier, while we convened the National Labour Advisory Council in Lagos last month, urged the NLC to which ASUU is affiliated, to intervene in this respect,” Ngige said.

    He also revealed that Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee on Renegotiation of 2009 Agreement which ASUU shunned despite several appeals to them had rounded off its assignment and submitted to the Ministry of Education.

    He added that, “we will follow it from there. There is a bright light at the end of the tunnel,”.

    The minister however, noted that he had successfully conciliated 1,683 industrial disputes since assumption of office in 2015.

    He said that the role of the Minister of Labour was to conciliate disputes and did not include the implementation of agreements reached with parties.

    “However, when conciliation fails, the Minister is under obligation by section 9 and 14  of Trade Disputes Act, Cap T8 , Laws of the Federation of Nigeria to transmit the results of the negotiation  to the  Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) or to National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN).

    “In the ongoing ASUU imbroglio, I’m the conciliator. I bring them to negotiate with their employers.

    “That is the Ministry of Education and the National University Commission as well as IPPIS, the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, all under the Ministry of Finance.

    “At the end of every negotiation, we put down what everybody has agreed on in writing and add timelines for implementation,” he said.

    The Minister also noted that ASUU strike  had been a recurrent decimal in the last 20 years, adding that they had gone on strike, 16 times. So, there is nothing new as such.

    “What is new however is that I have done what Napoleon could not do,’’ he said.

    Ngige, in another development, mourned the death of former Minister of Labour, Graham Douglas.

    He described the late Douglas as a “quintessential politician” who excelled in labour administration at the incipient era of this democratic dispensation.

    Ngige added that Nigeria has lost a patriot.

    “Graham Douglas will be remembered for effectively managing labour  between 1999 and 2000, a very difficult  period for the tripartite community, having just emerged from  long military dictatorship,’’ he said .

    He prayed God Almighty to comfort his family and grant him eternal rest.

    Editted by AbdulFatai Atuonwu

     

     

    (NAN)

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