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FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Godson201333(m): 3:41am On Jul 02, 2013
Once again, the Federal Government’s refusal to honour an agreement it reached with lecturers of public universities has forced the Academic Staff Union of Universities to embark on industrial action on Monday, SEGUN OLUGBILE reports

When the Academic Staff Union of Universities suspended its two-month strike in February 2012, many had thought that the last had been heard of national strikes in public institutions. This optimism was hinged on the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Federal Government and the lecturers on how to resolve funding challenges, infrastructural decay and welfare problem in the nation’s public universities.

But this is not to be, as the union on Monday stated that it has returned to the trenches to fight government for its alleged refusal to honour an agreement it reached with lecturers. Specifically, ASUU said it has resumed the suspended strike from Monday (yesterday). This action, the union’s National President, Dr. Nasir Fagge, said was taken after the Federal Government allegedly failed to implement the agreement.

Fagge said the action, though painful, would be total, comprehensive and last for as long as the government implements the details of the Memorandum of Understanding that both parties signed in 2011. Consequently, the semester examinations going on in some universities would be disrupted, while admission processes would be put on hold. Final year students writing their projects would be hit hard, as their supervisors would not attend to them. By this, academic activities in public tertiary institutions, particularly in universities and polytechnics, which had been on strike in the last three months, would be paralysed.

The decision to embark on the action was taken during the National Executive Council meeting of ASUU at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State between Sunday and Monday. All the 53 chapters of ASUU were represented at the meeting, during which 51 chapters of the union overwhelmingly voted in support of the action.

Briefing the press about the outcome of the NEC meeting at the University of Lagos on Monday, Fagge said the union decided to suspend the action in January 2012 after the Federal Government and ASUU signed the MoU, which contained how all the issues of funding, pension scheme, retirement age and payment of earned allowance for qualified lecturers would be handled.

The Federal Government, the union stated, had only implemented the extension of the retirement age of professors to 70, but had failed to pay the earned allowance for lecturers who are assigned other duties apart from teaching, research and community service. The earned allowance is the money paid to lecturers who are assigned to administrative duties such as heads of department, hall wardens, student project’s supervision and examination duties and pay for extra workload on lecturers.

Under the student projects’ supervision allowance, a professor is expected to be paid N15, 000 per theses. Also, under the extra workload category, the lecturer/student ratio in Arts, Social Sciences and Education faculties is one lecturer to 50 students, one to 35 in Faculty of Sciences and one lecturer to 25 students in Colleges of Medicine. Lecturers are supposed to be paid if they have more than the national lecturer/student ratio.

“When we signed the MoU, it was stated that N100bn had been set aside to pay the earned allowance. But I can tell you that no lecturer has been paid since 2009. Yes, the government has extended the retirement age of professors to 70 as agreed, earned allowances have not been paid while little has been done to raise the level of infrastructure in universities,” he said.

Although he explained that the union had met with government over the matter many times, government has refused to respect the agreement. Rather, he said, ASUU was told that the government forgot to include the earned allowance in the budget.

The Chairman, ASUU, UNILAG chapter, Dr. Karo Ogbinanka, who had earlier briefed the press about the readiness of his chapter to start the strike after a congress on Monday, explained that the strike was called because government had never shown enough commitment to the development of the sector.

He explained that after the MoU was signed, a NEEDS Assessment Committee on the State of Public Universities was set up to look at the state of infrastructure of the institutions.

“The report has been submitted and all of us know that our universities fall short in physical development, but our concern is government has not done enough to revamp these institutions and the modalities for the injection of funds into these universities have not been followed. That is why there has been increase in the rate of agitation for improved municipal facilities in our universities which has unfortunately been leading to the deaths of innocent students,” Ogbinaka said.

But why is the union embarking on strike when it has not given the government the required ultimatum, Ogbinaka explained that the union had done a warning strike before now.

“Anyway, we don’t even need to give them ultimatum because it is clearly stated in the MoU that we signed with them that we (ASUU) will go on strike without warning should they fail to honour the agreement. They have reneged on the agreement and so there is nothing that can stop us from embarking on this comprehensive and total strike,” he said.

On when UNILAG would join the strike, Ogbinaka said that immediately after the press briefing, a congress would be called and the university management would be informed. “It’s a national strike and UNILAG has joined the action,” he said.

Also the National Treasurer of ASUU, Dr. Ademola Aremu who is also the former Chairman, University of Ibadan chapter of ASUU said the action, being a national one, would be fully supported by lecturers at the premier university. “We are not fighting management of the university, it is the Federal Government that should be blamed for pushing us to the wall to make this painful decision,” Aremu said.

Most of the students our correspondent spoke to on this new development expressed sadness at the action. They called on the Federal Government to honour the agreement by giving their teachers their due. “I’m in the final year, if this crisis is not urgently resolved, it will dislocate my career and that of the other students,” Wale, a student of Political Science at UNILAG said.

But before ASUU finally resorted to go on strike, the House of Representatives had few weeks ago summoned the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i and officials of the union with a view to ensuring that the crisis did not degenerate. The duo were invited to meet with members of the House Committee on Education as part of the moves by the legislature to avert the looming strike.

It followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Mr. Bashir Babale (PDP/ Kano) and unanimously endorsed by his colleagues.

Babale said it had become worrisome that university lecturers frequently embark on strikes to compel the government to meet its obligations.

This, he noted, was not good enough as the issues at the root of the crisis were matters that had been agreed upon by both parties.

The lawmaker urged the House to intervene in the crisis and avert the impending strike.

Other lawmakers who contributed to the debate, argued that democracy cannot survive without good education.

They warned that it would be wrong for the government to continue to treat its 2009 agreement with ASUU with levity. But this intervention was fruitless, as government said it had no money to pay the earned allowance.

“We even agreed to sacrifice 20 per cent of the earned allowance but government said it could only pay 50 per cent. We were even shocked when they said they had forgotten to include the money into the budget. So, since 2009 no lecturer has been paid the earned allowance and all of us can testify to the fact that our universities whether old or new are still being underfunded,” Ogbinaka said.

The ASUU officials, however, pleaded with students and parents to bear with the union as they could no longer stand government’s lack of commitment to education.

The last time ASUU embarked on a national strike over the same issue was December 5, 2011. The union was prevailed upon to suspend the strike in February 2012 after the Federal Government signed the now contentious MoU with ASUU with a promise to accede to the lecturers’ requests. President Goodluck Jonathan hurriedly signed into law a bill that sought to extend the retirement age of professors to 70. But after that not much had been done to make the system better than it was in 2009.

Efforts to speak with the minister failed, as a top official in the ministry, who pleaded anonymity, said she was not available for comments.

The source, however said the ministry would comment on the new development on Tuesady (today).


source http://www.punchng.com/education/fg-forced-us-to-embark-on-strike-ASUU/

Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by obi4eze(m): 5:39am On Jul 02, 2013
Godson201333:

Although he explained that the union had met with government over the matter many times, government has refused to respect the agreement. Rather, he said, ASUU was told that the government forgot to include the earned allowance in the budget.

Very silly excuse by the FG. So unfortunate that we have a bunch of very insensitive leaders that send their children abroad while the universities in their homeland suffer. Too bad. angry

How on earth did they forget to include the allowance in the budget? I'm beginning to think that they're lying.

Something needs to happen for things to change.

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Burger01(m): 6:08am On Jul 02, 2013
Nigerian governments don't believe in Nigerian education systems let alone sending their wards for a stint in such systems. Probably, funds would have been set aside to cater for ASUU, NASUU, SSANU, ASUP et al but trust me it's gonna take an eon for such funds so see the light of the day due to improper financial practices from NUC and education ministry.

Students should use this strike period to study for professional exams like ccna, A+, Network+, oca, and some management pro exams rather than just being idle. I recollect ASUU national strike some years ago while in my finals @ the university. Strike lasted 6 damned months. I sat for pro exams which landed me good job immediately after youth service..

Students, take advantage of this strike. Goodluck.

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by bigtt76(f): 7:18am On Jul 02, 2013
Abeg make dem go strike joor. Na lecture dem de lecture before? No so so pracking we de hear about dem members? Has any of their graduated students fared better? Everytime failed promise, failed promise ...haba! Come to think of it sef ...no bi dem lecture our politicians wey de steal now? When you don't impart knowledge in people or are harsh to your students they forget you tomorrow.

Happy Strike o! When una taya call us back to class ya. Ewu ASUU

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by iamswizz(m): 10:07am On Jul 02, 2013
My nigerian youth.. Nobody cares about u in this country o..


You are on ur own

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by babarazy: 10:07am On Jul 02, 2013
Time to play.
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Oluwaloshevy(m): 10:11am On Jul 02, 2013
the state of our country is pooor oo.....kai
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by mesther96(f): 10:12am On Jul 02, 2013
eeeeyah!

u mean i wnt writ my putme dz mont??sad
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Grendel(m): 10:15am On Jul 02, 2013
quote author=babarazyTime to play.

Play ke? angry
U dey Mad
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by HAH: 10:16am On Jul 02, 2013
To be frank lecturers are one of the main culprits in the failure of education in Nigeria.

I don't know why they feel so important, for goodness sake a graduate assistant receives about 140k monthly while a level 8 civil sevant receives 60k monthly. And the lecturers have so many other business they indulge in.

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by mankand(m): 10:21am On Jul 02, 2013
What a shame.

I wrote a post few weeks back and some gullible Nigerians were attacking me.

You see, from my own point of view, the country is in a failed state and we all are to take the blame because we have preferred to be sentimental when chosing the right person for the position.

Now the whole sector is in shambles, even education which have been the hope for a poor man is now a big joke, while they are sending their children to foreign universities at our expense for them to get the best education and after they graduate, they will come back to the country and their parent will impose them on us again to rule us. Who is the fool here?

Now i believe everyone should start checking him/herself again and re-evaluate their life and achievement again. All these bull shit must stop.

Finally, i forsee we sending our children to secondary schools in neigbouring country to partake of their quality education because our is now a piece of joke.

One more advise........Affected students should use this opportunity to engage themselves in one skill or the other and most preferably, go for one certification exams. As for those who are looking forward to study abroad, i think this is your best chance. Contact our company today by visiting our website www.transukrvuz.com

Thank you
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Vonwolf(m): 10:22am On Jul 02, 2013
Why would they honour it when their children are enrolled in schools abroad? Insentisitive govt.
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Bolt2011(m): 10:26am On Jul 02, 2013
Post UTME Question
1. Which of these strike most frequently?

A. ASUU B. Thunder C. Matches



grin. grin. grin

I wonder when our leaders will stop being selfish and start taking actions so they don't jeopardise the future of the Nigerian child

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Lordave: 10:33am On Jul 02, 2013
Only the handouts they sell in some universities are enough to cover up the amount of money they are demanding from FG.

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by curiouslad(m): 10:35am On Jul 02, 2013
Bunch of id10ts ,i actually cancelled a codecamp because i thought school would be in session

Btw why all ASUU strikes seem bordered on wage and allowance hikes Only

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Nobody: 10:36am On Jul 02, 2013
brb later
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Walexz02(m): 10:37am On Jul 02, 2013
Why make promise you wont fulfil? Na wa 4 this government 6
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Nobody: 10:40am On Jul 02, 2013
I only pity the students

When two elephants fight, the ground bear the consequences...

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Nobody: 10:40am On Jul 02, 2013
Well I just hope di prixe of my name won't be affected.
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by alexis01: 10:42am On Jul 02, 2013
Will it affect part time students also
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by PDPvsAPC: 10:43am On Jul 02, 2013
Waiting for a silly comment from Mr S-exidioos
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by dedons: 10:43am On Jul 02, 2013
Who or what is ASUU and where can i buy it
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by dedons: 10:44am On Jul 02, 2013
alexis01: Will it affect part time students also
part-time is illegal
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Nobody: 10:45am On Jul 02, 2013
We were all happy when a University Graduate became our President. Cos as Student we thought the Education sector will benefit alot from the government.
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by dridowu: 10:45am On Jul 02, 2013
So Sad, ASUU protesting 4 dr pocket only. When two elephant fights..................................
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by XPSgarri: 10:47am On Jul 02, 2013
Garri_Activist: Well I just hope di prixe of my name won't be affected.

lol

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by anonimi: 10:48am On Jul 02, 2013
HAH: To be frank lecturers are one of the main culprits in the failure of education in Nigeria.

I don't know why they feel so important, for goodness sake a graduate assistant receives about 140k monthly while a level 8 civil sevant receives 60k monthly. And the lecturers have so many other business they indulge in.


Ordinarily your post SEEMS reasonable.
However have you considered how much a SINator of the same government RECEIVES monthly? It is N29 million.
What is their output and productivity RELATIVE to that of a lecturer
You should also find out how much a LG Councillor gets every month then come back and post here.

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by JW214: 10:49am On Jul 02, 2013
HAH: To be frank lecturers are one of the main culprits in the failure of education in Nigeria.

I don't know why they feel so important, for goodness sake a graduate assistant receives about 140k monthly while a level 8 civil sevant receives 60k monthly. And the lecturers have so many other business they indulge in.


Grduate Assistant gets 140k per month? What school is that please? Are you talking about total monthly INCOME(legal and illegal) or their basic salary? Then who pays that much, State or FG?

Then you need to compare what the workers in the Health sector and Security with the Civil service get if you want to be fair with those in the academics

ASUU, ASUP and FG should give room to settle this issue once and for ever

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by olaiya2007(m): 10:49am On Jul 02, 2013
asup are on strike for over 2months now barely few people is aware of it...now ASUU is on strike for 2days d whole nation is shaking

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by Nobody: 10:50am On Jul 02, 2013
The clueless gov fails to realize idle youths are full of energy, robbery,prostitution,fraud etc will increase, some students amy even die in accidents on their way home,more blood in their banks,the nigerian police force will hv rogers in their pockets by settling more criminal cases by the street sides.... Anger has replaced tears for my country

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Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by EejaNla01(m): 10:52am On Jul 02, 2013
Thank God we are through with exams in my school.

I rep FUNAAB!
Re: FG Forced ASUU To Embark On Strike by bizgen: 10:52am On Jul 02, 2013
in as much as the govt of Nigeria over the years are to be blamed for the rot in the universities.the lecturers are one of the biggest culprit.they only care about there money and allowances.we hear of all sort of vices in these universities selling of handouts,sleeping with female students,victimizing students and so on.i say if the govt should give them these money they should also accept to be accessed by the students and be screened on a regular basis.

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