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|ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Youngzedd(m): 6:40am On Oct 18, 2013|
On the first day of July this year, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, began an indefinite strike that has lasted till date and may run deep into the future.
According to the union, the strike followed government’s inability to keep to an October 2009 agreement reached by both parties.
The agreement was reached after two years of negotiation between the lecturers and a government team appointed by the then Education Minister, Obiageli Ezekwesili.
The Government team was led by the then Pro-chancellor, University of Ibadan, Gamaliel Onosode while ASUU’s team was led by its then president, Abdullahi Sule-Kano.
The agreement reached at the negotiations included conditions of service for university lecturers, funding of universities, university autonomy and academic freedom, and issues that required legislation to implement.
Details of that agreement were held as confidential by both ASUU and the government, leaving the public to feed on crumbs of information thrown out at negotiation meetings between the two parties.
PREMIUM TIMES has now obtained a copy of the agreement and is now making it available for public viewing.
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The agreement included details such as the breakdown of lecturers’ salary structure, staff loans, pension, overtime, and moderation of examinations.
Part of the agreement dwelt on funding of universities where both parties agreed that each federal university should get at least N1.5 trillion between 2009 and 2011 while state universities, within the same period, should receive N3.6 million per student.
The agreement also had parts that asked the re-negotiation committee to ensure that at least 26 percent of Nigeria’s annual budget was allocated to education, and half of that allocation to universities.
The agreement also asked that the 2004 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Act, and the National University Commission Act 2004, be amended.
Text of the suggested amendment bills – including suggestion for amendment of the Education (National Minimum Standards and Establishment of Institutions) Act 2004 – were provided in the agreements.
The agreement was signed by Bolanle Babalakin, the then chairman of Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Federal Universities; Gamaliel Onosode, chairman of the re-negotiation committee; and Ukachukwu Awuzei, the then president of ASUU.
The agreement demanded a heavy financial commitment from the government and was an adaptation of an earlier agreement reached in 2001.
It is unclear how much of the agreement have been implemented by the government. However, the secretary to the federation, Pius Anyim, after one of the recent failed negotiations, said that most of the issues contained in the 2009 agreement, had been fully met except for the earned allowances estimated at N92 billion.
“Some of the issues which bothered on amendment of pensionable retirement age of academics in the professorial cadre, consolidated peculiar allowances (CONPUAA)- exclusively for university teaching staff, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), setting up of budget monitoring committee in all public universities have been fully implemented,” he disclosed.
ASUU Chairman, Nasir Fagge, could not be reached to confirm how much of the agreement have been implemented.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by lakesguy(m): 8:42am On Oct 18, 2013|
Al diz ones nah story' who cares abt the agreement' All I wann hear is ' ASUU called off 4month strike' den I can come bk here to read dere stupid agreement'
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by eguityjustice(m): 8:56am On Oct 18, 2013|
so ASUU want to channel 50% of budget for education to universities. Then the remaining should be shared b/w polytechnic, collage of edu, secondry and primary. How fair is this?
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Youngzedd(m): 9:28am On Oct 18, 2013|
I tire for them.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by osifred(m): 4:56pm On Oct 22, 2013|
I am indifferent as regards this strike.
If the strike will yield atleast 70percent of the agreement in term of implementation then it is an unfortunate pain we should bear.
I want a situation where I can undertake my Msc in a Nigerian institution and feel at home with quality education instead of taking close to 5 million abroad to learn under hostile environment. Money I would have used to invest and help sustain the economy.
I want a situation where my sibling can consider schooling in Nigeria at a first choice
A situation where 4yrs is 4yrs for BSc and 2yrs is 2yrs for Msc
If this is the pain we must go through to enjoy the above then I am willing to suffer it now and enjoy later.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Amali1436(m): 4:56pm On Oct 22, 2013|
All na wasH
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Nobody: 4:56pm On Oct 22, 2013|
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Nobody: 4:56pm On Oct 22, 2013|
God punish this idiots. I was almost supporting them but on a second thought, this guys are greedy old men, destroying students lives with no sense of regret.
Why can't they just sue the FG since it was an agreement, wait let me guess, they don't want to spend their money, but they can waste students lives without twitching an eye.
We always blame FG, but these lecturers are as worse as the politicians themselves, I can bet that over 40% (esp Professors, Dr) are not in Nigeria as we are speaking, we complain that our politicians children aren't schooling in Nigeria but these greedy men are not different, even the son of Ondo state's deputy governor schools at OAU - tell me why he would want to send any of his children to FG universities later.
I just don't understand, this idiots are fighting for their pockets - for bigger offices, ac fitted - not students. I school in OAU and I'm not complaining, in-fact, no student is complaining. OAU increased Acceptance fee from 2000naira to 20,000naira, a whooping 1000% increase, when we students protested they advised us to stop and called us all sorts.
No lecturer supported students. For Pre-degree programme, the fee is over 150thousand naira, to write post utme, you'd have to pay over 3000naira, to check you'd have to pay over 3000naira, pls where do you think all these money is going to. Its not like we are given free food or learning materials.
This lecturers sit in AC tight offices, travel anyhow even during school semesters all in the name of research, the same lecturers fighting for students will come back from trips in the middle of semesters and give students only course outline and ask us to go learn ourselves.
Same lecturers demanded more than once that their retirement age be extended when millions of graduates are out of work. They want allowance because they are teaching more than 1 course, these same men and women of no reputable standard went to school on scholarship, with free food, books, and so on.
Damn ASUU and their sympathisers. They sit in AC tight offices with numerous gadgets when ordinary ceiling fans in students room aren't working.
They collect hundreds of millions in different fees but must new classrooms in OAU are built by Private companies and individuals such as first bank, I bet the rest are from FG funds.
I WILL NOT STOP UNTIL EVERYONE KNOWS THAT EVEN THOUGH FG IS CORRUPT, THESE LECTURERS ARE NOT ANY BETTER.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Donsacalypse: 4:56pm On Oct 22, 2013|
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Gregzee: 4:56pm On Oct 22, 2013|
Agreement my foot! did the rot begin now? Why such "take-it-or-leave-it" approach to solution! This ASUU is behaving like a spoilt child! Whereas they should be partners in development! ASUU my foot.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Nobody: 4:59pm On Oct 22, 2013|
The part of the agreement I don't understand is one that talks about FG funding of state universities. That doesn't make sense to me - why can't states fund their own universities appropriately, or design creative financing options?
Oh well, the government signed an agreement. Let them abide by it.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Deiok(m): 4:59pm On Oct 22, 2013|
ASUU should pls. Forget about the agreement and call off the strike, since the reason they are on strike is for the students sake, and yet the students are the same people suffering from the strike.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by dheaven: 5:02pm On Oct 22, 2013|
How was the agreement obtained by Premiumtimes?
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by princesoft6(m): 5:02pm On Oct 22, 2013|
2much stories. Leave this Frenemies called Fg & ASUU. They hv nutin 2 lose. The students r the receipient of the strike aftermath. Na God go judge them.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by eluquenson(m): 5:02pm On Oct 22, 2013|
Super story indeed!
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by joebases(m): 5:03pm On Oct 22, 2013|
Until both parties place the horse (education) before the cart (centiments), the students will continue to bear the loss.
Which way Nigeria?
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by cutelover19(m): 5:03pm On Oct 22, 2013|
Space booked, sipping my coke and eating crepes, i will be back to give a ROBUST comment.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Demdem(m): 5:04pm On Oct 22, 2013|
Excellent Agreement. I wonder why the Govt has refused to implement.
ASUU indeed has been patient all these years.
GOVT MUST IMPLEMENT ALL.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Sermwell(m): 5:04pm On Oct 22, 2013|
Who cares about any agreement? Pls just end the gaddam strike!
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Nobody: 5:05pm On Oct 22, 2013|
joebases: Until both parties place the horse (education) before the horse (centiments), the students will continue to bear the loss.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by pheesayor(m): 5:06pm On Oct 22, 2013|
Whether ASUU is corrupt or not, the FG [size=15pt]SIGNED [/size]the agreement and have not denied it so I'm with ASUU on this oned it so I'm with ASUU on this one
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by yim(f): 5:06pm On Oct 22, 2013|
the agreement is voidable as govt was forced to sign under duress. ASUU members are thieves.
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by pheesayor(m): 5:07pm On Oct 22, 2013|
yim: the agreement is voidable as govt was forced to sign under duress. ASUU members are thieves.the bolded can NEVER be true, talk another lie
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by timoney(m): 5:07pm On Oct 22, 2013|
GOD HELP 9JA
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by eluquenson(m): 5:07pm On Oct 22, 2013|
yim: the agreement is voidable as govt was forced to sign under duress. ASUU members are thieves.
Do you really understand your statement at all?
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by maafen: 5:09pm On Oct 22, 2013|
Singing Nkem Owoh's
"Agreement is agreement
e don reach Fø̲̣̣я settlement
you come d tell me NONSENSE"
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Basic(m): 5:09pm On Oct 22, 2013|
yim: the agreement is voidable as govt was forced to sign under duress. ASUU members are thieves.What is this one saying? Are ASUU members militants?
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by double3(m): 5:10pm On Oct 22, 2013|
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Businesslocator(m): 5:12pm On Oct 22, 2013|
Both ASUU and fg are theives!!!
Me don even forget my department not to talk of matric number!!!
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by eluquenson(m): 5:13pm On Oct 22, 2013|
pheesayor: Whether ASUU is corrupt or not, the FG [size=15pt]SIGNED [/size]the agreement and have not denied it so I'm with ASUU on this oned it so I'm with ASUU on this one
Nigerian govt are fond of doing that, they will agree to a terms & never fulfill it.
Very malevolent govt
|Re: ASUU & FG's 2009 Agreement by Nobody: 5:13pm On Oct 22, 2013|
50 percent of education budget 2 education?, and all the plenty allowance?, excess workload allowace?, 200,000K per thesis to professor, transfer of Univeristy lands to universities?, fed government funding state Universities. And still Universities having autonomy? Paying lecturers to supervise projects and exams? Then what is their work na. Heartless agreement. This will cause crises by other workers in other fields. Don't mind being a lecturer ones the agreement is implemented though.
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