Adesina Wahab contributed to this article.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will conduct its National Executive Council meeting on Sunday in Abuja to decide on the next course of action after its four-week warning strike ends on Monday.

Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the National President, said the NEC would decide what to do next in an interview with Sunday Vanguard on Saturday.2023: If elected governor of Akwa Ibom, Luke promises effective leadership from the PDP.
He said this in response to a query about what the union would do after the warning strike ended.”I’m afraid I can’t say what we’ll do next.” The NEC will make that decision, and we are having a discussion about it now On Sunday, we have our NEC meeting. We are a well-organized union, and the majority rule reigns supreme. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you,
However, unlike the previous summit, which was held in Lagos, it is expected that this one will be held in Abuja.Remember that the union voted to go on a month-long warning strike to put its demands on the government at its most recent meeting, held at the University of Lagos, UNILAG.
Since the strike began, there has been no tangible progress in the union’s discussions with the government team, and things appear to be growing worse.

The federal government recently announced that the University Transparency and Accountability System, or UTAS, built by ASUU failed an integrity test as an alternative for the government’s Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System, or IPPIS, as the university system’s payment platform.Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour, recently called on the Nigeria Labour Congress, or NLC, to call ASUU to order.The issue of proper education funding, as well as the payment of Earned Academic Allowance, are still unresolved.

Assu President,pro upf Emmanuel osodeke

 

Assume to hold meeting on Sunday to decide strike

Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, claims “nothing substantive has been done” two days before the warning strike ends. The union called a broad and comprehensive four-week warning strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, according to the Saturday PUNCH. According to the union, the walkout was caused by the government’s refusal to implement the federal government’s 2009 agreement with the union.
ASUU also accused the Federal Government of conspiring against the implementation of the UTAS, a payment platform created by ASUU to replace the IPPIS payment system.Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has convened talks with the union and other ministries and agencies in an attempt to resolve the dispute to change the mind of the striking lecturers.

 

The minister in an interview with The PUNCH had also said that ASUU’s demands were currently being implemented.But Osodeke said nothing tangible had been done.In an interview with Channels Television, which was monitored by Saturday PUNCH, Osodeke said, “Nothing tangible has been done so far. We have met with the Minister of Labour twice.“We gave a room for them (NIREC) to intervene and they did. What we see is a lack of will and lack of interest in the public university system.
The strike didn’t need to last more than one week if the government had taken it seriously. When they had problem in Ukraine where the sons of the rich were studying, we saw how fast they released money, but in the country where the children of the poor are studying, nothing has been done.”
Meanwhile, the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities’ General Assembly has urged the Federal Government to take the initiative and engage in conversation in order to resolve the continuing dispute between ASUU and the government.This was stated in a communiqué published by the VCs at the conclusion of their 80th meeting, which took place in Abuja on Friday.Nigerian universities, according to the committee, would not be able to sustain the consequences of a lengthy strike.

According to the PUNCH, ASUU began a four-week warning strike on February 14, 2022, after the Federal Government failed to fulfil the agreements it reached with the union. If the government does not meet the union’s demands before the end of the one-month warning strike, the union has threatened to go on a fully and comprehensive indefinite strike.

“Members expressed sadness that the nation’s public universities are experiencing new strike action as a result of a trade dispute with the unions,” the communiqué said in part.It emphasised the necessity for the federal government to take the initiative and engage in talks with the union’s leadership in order to reach an equitable settlement to the problem.The funding of public colleges is at the heart of the disagreement, as members pointed out was woefully insufficient.””The meeting noted that if the unresolved issues were not swiftly resolved, public universities might not be able to endure the effects of another long-term strike by the union.”
On the issue of fake admissions, the committee decried the high rate and resolved to schedule a meeting with the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board.The vice chancellors added that members decried the issue of illegal admissions into public universities and resolved that an urgent meeting with the JAMB Registrar to draw his attention to the matter with a view to ending the act. The communiqué further read, “The meeting noted that the way Vice-Chancellors are summoned by various committees of the National Assembly was improper. The meeting suggested that a meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly was necessary to find a better process of engagement.
“The committee saluted the efforts of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors in raising this matter with the Visitor. It advised that there should be constant follow up to ensure that Mr. President grants the request to lift the embargo.

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