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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, says it will appeal the order by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) asking its members to call off the seven-month-long strike.
The University of Abuja chapter chairman of ASUU, Dr Kasim Umar, stated this while reacting to the order by the court in Abuja.
Umar revealed that the national executive Council of ASUU will meet today to conclude modalities on the appeal process.
Meanwhile, the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed, has advised the federal government to apply caution in handling the crisis with the union.
Professor Osedeke said it was regrettable that the Federal government wants to force the university lecturers back to class without addressing the challenges affecting the education sector.
He said the implication of the court ruling and the action of the President Buhari-led Federal government is that more brain drain will hit the country as many lecturers will leave the country for other democratic nations.
Osedeke who stated this on Wednesday in a live interview on Channels TV programme added that the last time the then military government applied force in solving an industrial dispute between ASUU and the government was catastrophic.
He said, “Let me tell you the catastrophe of what has just happened. The last time this happened was during the military era.
Nigeria’s students body also passed a vote of no confidence on the Minister of Works, Raji Fashola and the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
NANS said lamented that the Federal government has shown that it cared less about the plight of the students who have been at home for seven months and counting.
NANS made this known in Akure, Ondo State capital on Saturday in a press briefing, stating that their intention to ground all airports in the country is to affect the decision makers who have refused to settle ASUU for the sake of the Nigerian students.
The students’ body said the four-day closure of highways and expressways was a success, which is why they decided to stop international travel beginning on September 19, 2022, to affect government functionaries from engaging in international travel.
Catholic Bishops also condemned the resort to court actions by the Federal government instead of finding an out-of-court solution.
This was disclosed in a communique issued at the end of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) at the Sacred Heart Pastoral/Retreat Centre, Orlu, Imo State, 8 – 16 September, 2022.
Part of the communique read: “The protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) since 14 February 2022 is unacceptable. ASUU has cited the non-implementation of agreements by the Federal Government as the cause. We know that efforts have been made to resolve the matter.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it will only end its ongoing strike that has entered the seventh month only when a concrete agreement has been reached with the Federal Government.
President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said this in Abuja on Thursday at a National Town Hall Meeting on Tertiary Education tagged: ‘The Locked gates of our citadels -A National emergency’ organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Save Public Education Campaign.
The ASUU President said the union was willing to end its seven-month-old strike, urging the Federal government to return to the negotiation table.
The union embarked on industrial action on Feb.14, making it over seven months since public universities across the country were closed down.
After a breakdown in negotiations, the Federal Government dragged ASUU to the National Industrial Court in an attempt to end the strike.
ASUU President said: “On all these issues, we have given the government a minimum that we can accept, but they have not responded on the issue of revitalisation, on the issue of earned allowance and on issues that we have all discussed.
Federal Government has dragged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to the National Industrial Court over the union’s prolonged strike action which is about 7 months old.
This disclosure is contained in a statement issued on Sunday by the Head, Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, who said that the Federal Government took the decision after its dialogue with the ASUU leadership failed.
Oshundun in the statement said that the referral instrument in the trade dispute between the federal government and ASUU dated September 8, 2022, was addressed to the Registrar of the Industrial Court and signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.
The Federal Government in the case which it seeks accelerated hearings, wants the National Industrial Court to order ASUU members to resume work, while the issues in dispute are being addressed by the court.
National Industrial Court has adjourned the case between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to September 16.
Justice Polycap Hamman adjourned the matter to enable both parties to file the necessary papers for the suit.
The Head of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, had revealed that the matter was referred to the Registrar of National Industrial Court by the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, following which the government approached the court requesting an order for ASUU to resume while the dispute is being addressed.
Mega Screen, a once bubbling area at the temporary site of the University of Abuja is currently like a ghost town, it has been like that since February.
The students, who are the main lifeblood of this area, are currently at home waiting for news on when the strike will be over.
Alhaji Bagudu and many other petty traders, Mai Suya, Mai Shai and others are equally waiting for news on the call-off of the strike as the businesses depend on the students.
“In February, when the strike was declared, some of the students stayed, hoping it’s going to be a short strike. After a while, most left. Right now, it is pointless opening the shops. Some days, you don’t even make enough to cover transport,” Mr Bagudu said.
While attention has been on the plight of students, the entire university ecosystem goes beyond students and staff of the university, as several businesses depend on the university community to sustain.
The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has called on the Federal Government to resolve, within a few working days, the lingering Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, strike.
This was disclosed in a press statement issued by the NANS’s factional President, Umar Faruk Lawal, at Abuja, on Thursday.
Lawal said Nigerian students’ patience has been stretched beyond limits, following the effect of the industrial action by ASUU.
the federal government has announced an upward review of the salaries of lecturers in universities with a 35 percent increment for professors, and a 23.5 percent increment for lecturers below the rank of professors.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday, September 6, at a meeting with vice-chancellors and other stakeholders in the university system.
The minister further stated that the 2023 budget will make provision for the sum of N150 billion and N50 billion as funds for the revitalization of Federal Universities and the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances, respectively. The funds is be paid to the institutions in the first quarter of the year.
However, the leadership of ASUU and three other university unions who had been on strike rejected the offer, describing it as ”inadequate”.
According to the unions, the projected increment cannot meet their respective demands needed to tackle the challenges confronting the university system. A source close to the academic body also revealed that the union is seeking over a 100 percent increase in salaries.
Federal Government has called for the promotion of policies and actions that would discourage strikes in Nigerian universities.
FG said that Chairmen of University Councils and Senates must rise up to their responsibilities as the highest decision-making bodies on campuses by ensuring good working conditions for all staff of the university.
This was contained in a statement by the Federal Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday, in Abuja, while addressing vice-chancellors and pro-chancellors of federal universities at the National Universities Commission.
Mallam Adamu Adamu said he did wished he would end issues of strike in the country’s education sector as Education Minister, but events surrounding ASUU strike have made it impossible.
Adamu stated this on Tuesday in an address to vice-chancellors and pro-chancellors of federal universities at the National Universities Commission in Abuja.
Adamu said, “For me, the past two weeks have been a very dark period of personal anguish and internal turmoil. I used to deceive myself that in a climate of frankness, and with mutual goodwill, it will fall to my lot to bring an end to the incessant strikes in the education sector.
Onanuga said the leadership should have known that the agreement they had with the Federal government was under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration and not in All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Buhari’s administration.
Onanuga stated this in an interview session with a national daily, Punch on the chances of Tinubu’s candidacy ahead of the 2023 general election.
The TCO director of media and communication said ASUU strike will not have effect on the chances of Bola Tinubu becoming president in 2023 because the issues of the strike and the agreements were inherited and not created by the APC.
He said, “Who created the ASUU crisis? Buhari inherited the ASUU crisis. In fact, the agreement that caused the strike was done under the PDP administration. They agreed to it just to pacify ASUU, perhaps to get their votes, but Buhari has tried to implement many of the provisions in the agreement because the government is a continuum. He has tried to implement it, but ASUU keeps shifting the goalpost. The government is still not folding its hands. They have been talking to them and making them see the benefits of what the government can do to improve university education.
“Looking at ASUU’s position to extend the strike, the government has decided to meet them and assuage their worries. Maybe they are doing it for political reasons.”