|FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by sinkhole: 7:37am On Nov 16|
The feud between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has worsened as no date has been fixed for resumption of negotiations by the two parties.https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2020/11/16/fg-asuus-feud-deepens-no-date-for-resumption-of-negotiations/amp/?
With this development, there is no end in sight for the resolution of issues that led to the protracted nine-month- old strike by ASUU. The union went on strike to pressure the federal government to address its concerns about remuneration, working conditions, earned allowances and obsolete infrastructure, amongst others.
Also, amidst agitations by unions in federal universities for a sector-specific salary payment platform, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has kicked against multiple technology-driven payment platforms. He said any such device must align with the existing Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The Permanent Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echonu, told THISDAY in Abuja at the weekend that the lingering strike is uncalled for and unnecessary, as all the contending issues have been resolved except one.
But ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview yesterday, faulted the permanent secretary’s claims.
He also warned that the federal government’s poor handling of the industrial crisis could lead to another wave of brain drain, adding that already, Ethiopia has recruited over 200 Nigerian professors.
Echonu said reason is expected to prevail as the overall national interest will be the guiding principle in resolving the industrial dispute.
“The government is working very closely. We are very concerned and the president is very concerned about this protracted strike, which to so many of us is unnecessary. We believe there are other ways of getting things done.
“There’s a shared acceptance of so many of the issues and we are at a point that very quickly and soon, it will be resolved. There’s only one issue in contention, really. The other issues have either been resolved or there have been some kind of compromise that worked out.
“We believe that reason will prevail and the overall national interest will be the guiding principle in coming to a quick resolution. I can assure you that work is going assiduously in this.
“Only two days ago, the ASUU executives were at the ministry to meet with the minister for certain consultations and we felt we needed to tell them exactly what our positions are.
“We will look at the overall interest of the Nigerian people. We know that we also operate in a context of government playing out different segments even in the university setting.
“We have four different unions making demands and we have to balance this. We understand the peculiarities of ASUU and we believe the members are patriotic enough to know when to call it quits and what to call a compromise,” he added.
Reacting, Ogunyemi told THISDAY that pending issues such as withheld salaries of members by the Account General of the Federation and announcement of negotiating teams, among others, have not been resolved.
He said government is eager to sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) “with low-priced countries of yellow skin while the nations universities are treated with disdain.”
He added that a second aspect of brain drain on the nation will have a crippling effect on the academia and the entire nation.
According to him, Ethiopia has already engaged about 200 Nigerian professors.
He said: “That is not entirely correct. I can say we are talking but none of our issues have been addressed to a logical conclusion. You should have asked him (Permanent Secretary) whether they had paid salaries of our members that government withheld. You should have asked him whether they have paid the (EAA) Earned Academic Allowance that they promised to pay. You should have asked him whether they have announced the negotiating team that they promised to announce. You should have also asked him whether they have presented the visitation panel.
“So, what our members are saying is that if each time we go on an action like this, government will make promises and sign memorandum of action and they will keep it for the next two weeks, two or even three months and will promise we will get revitalisation. They will say EAA will be paid because we have agreed on the framework of payment. After that, they will go to sleep. Our members are saying that this time around, they don’t want promises. They want action. So, there is a difference between saying we have addressed all the issues and we have delivered on all of the issues.
“The key word here is to ask them what they have delivered concretely and when they delivered it. So, at this point, can we tell our members to go back to classes when their salaries have been withheld? Can we tell them to go back to classes when the Accountant General took most of their salaries and have refused to remit? When government has taken steps to cripple our union? When government is taking steps to stall our progress? So it is not enough to say they have addressed the issues. Each time government says “we have addressed”, it means we have talked about this.
“Our members want government to deliver on its promises so that no one will blame us again next year and say we are back again in strike after how many months. There has to be stability in the system so that private universities will not bask over our students because they are happy we have crisis. If not because of public universities, I can assure you that most of the private universities will be shut. But we are expecting solution between public universities and the government. So it is not about we have talked or we are talking. It’s about we have delivered.
“Our members want to see that government has not just delivered but has satisfactorily delivered. Yes, we are talking on various levels and until we see the results of those discussions, our members cannot go back to the classrooms,” he said.
On the issue of patriotism and national interest, which the federal government said will be the guiding principle in resolving the strike, Ogunyemi said: “Everything ASUU is doing is informed by patriotism. Every time government officials say they are working in the interest of the nation, we always remind them where they have placed education in the interest of the nation. If they prioritise education, they will have no reason to attack ASUU.
Education is the driver of progress in everything in life. This country is aspiring to develop. They are talking of local content. They said we should look inward. How can you say we should look inward when you are treating your scholars as if they are irritants, as if they are nonentities and hoodlums? We want to remind them that each time they talk about interest of the nation, that they don’t love this country more than Nigerian scholars.
“If not for patriotism, our members would have abandoned universities and flee to better countries where they will be better treated. Do you know the number of African countries looking for Nigerian professors? A few months ago, Ethiopia came to recruit 200 professors from Nigeria. I don’t want to talk of South Africa. Go to Ghana, Egypt, you will see them there. We treat our scholars with discontent. Each time they step out, they are highly valued and highly priced. The government is eager to sign MoU with low priced countries of yellow skin, but their universities where they should draw the partnership they are looking for, they have treated with disdain. No country in the world does that.
“Universities are incubating centres for innovation, creativity, and development. So, if anybody thinks that ASUU does not love this country, that person should be interrogated to define the concept of patriotism. ASUU members are great patriots and deserve all the respect the nation can accept them.
“I totally disagree with the permanent secretary. Everything ASUU is doing is in the interest of the nation. If we allow our universities to collapse, I can assure you that the children of the poor will suffer and the nation will pay dearly for it. We are yet to recover from the brain drain experienced. I don’t think they should allow us to suffer the second aspect of brain drain. But we can understand if the ruling class does not care if universities should collapse.”
Meanwhile, ASUU also yesterday denounced the Twitter account, registered in its name, which asked students of public universities to prepare for resumption as a positive outcome is expected from the union on Wednesday.
Ogunyemi described the information as fake news, saying that the union does not operate any Twitter account.
“Those people are impersonators, they are impostors. They are using that Twitter handle and other Twitter handles to create confusion. So, we don’t know anything about the Twitter handle and we never said what they are attributing to us.
“That is not the way we share our information; we have a way of sharing our information and that is why we are advising our friendly media to always double check with us anything they are in doubt of. ASUU will never say any such thing on Twitter,” he added.
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by RedNStripes(f): 7:40am On Nov 16|
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Juliusmomoh(m): 7:40am On Nov 16|
If dem like make dem no resume till enternity...
We the nigeria student have move on with our life...
Imagine a 5years program has turn to 8years program for my little sis...
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|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by lkillbrokehoes: 8:49am On Nov 16|
They would surely meet this week, perhaps on Wednesday
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Karlifate: 9:07am On Nov 16|
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|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Saintinoo(m): 9:17am On Nov 16|
Nigeria newspapers and their headlines, there is no where in the news that links with the headline, between thisday do not expect an invitation to be given on weekends.
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Jayson504(m): 9:36am On Nov 16|
Hmmm nawa oh
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Dreamliner787(m): 9:43am On Nov 16|
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by ashewoboy(m): 11:32am On Nov 16|
when two elephants fight it's the grass that will suffer it but this time it's the students that are suffering it.
The FG should come to a compromise with ASUU. na wa oh.
wahala for who nor get money to send him child go private school or school abroad.
A whole seven month strike and the government is not doing anything about it?
all we hear is "we will." I said it at a time that this government is a government of "we will." No tangible project. The country is regressing. Nigeria is indeed in trouble it's no more in africa
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by RomanianNinja: 12:19pm On Nov 16|
Union: Of the greatest Nigerian students
Union: Of the greatest gbosa
Union: School is a scam, gerara here
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Nigeriabiafra80: 12:20pm On Nov 16|
Once another protest begins
They will resume
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|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by brosom(m): 12:20pm On Nov 16|
Government be dribbling ASSU like messi.
Come today come tomorrow still nothing to show forth..
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Kentuforchrist(m): 12:20pm On Nov 16|
students pls move on with your life
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by swiz123(m): 12:20pm On Nov 16|
Good development, lest they spend billions on refreshments in these pointless meetings.
Nothing is hard for these old men to say.
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Ebuka78: 12:20pm On Nov 16|
All I see are greedy set of people whose main goal is to tarnish the image of Nigerian undergraduates.
Sometimes I wonder if these people care about the students, or they just want to enrich themselves. It seems they have forgotten the slogan "education is the key."
Now that the country is in a state of chaos, anarchy, and tyranny. The question should be "what is the way forward"
Never give up Nigerian undergraduates.
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Queenserah26(f): 12:21pm On Nov 16|
This is not looking good at all
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by ImpregnaTor(m): 12:21pm On Nov 16|
O boy ma go join the yahoo Boys train
Any real niggar for here, man need formats..
No time.. We moveee!
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Dididrumz(m): 12:21pm On Nov 16|
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Larryallovernig: 12:21pm On Nov 16|
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by inteli: 12:21pm On Nov 16|
Very insincere and corrupt government. Bereft of any modicum of ideas.
God will judge this wicked FG.
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|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Englov(m): 12:22pm On Nov 16|
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by SILVERLINES: 12:23pm On Nov 16|
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by PremzY002(m): 12:23pm On Nov 16|
This is the point where our saviour said ...
"It is finished"
They should rename ASUU to "ASUU RUGA" so that the emotional button of our leaders would be touched.
That's the only way of getting the demands of ASUU approved and implemented in less than 24 hours.
That's just my opinion.
Yours might be better.
I pity all Nigerian undergraduates especially the final year students.
I pity myself
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by olaboy33(m): 12:24pm On Nov 16|
PDP is the most useless opposition we've had in this country.
They failed as the ruling party and have also failed as opposition.
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by Zyxzzzz: 12:24pm On Nov 16|
if you ve opportunity to leave that shithole country better do ...
4yrs course u go spend 6yrs do course
6yrs course go turn to 8 yrs course...
Students keep wasting at home
All because of Fg, and ASUU
Wetin Dy for Fg to just pay ASUU once and for all..
I Dy wonder how these final year student will be feeling now
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by R0kstarr8(m): 12:24pm On Nov 16|
nah next year we go resume
abeg students go find work
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by fishmonger1(m): 12:25pm On Nov 16|
|Re: FG, ASUU’s Feud Deepens, No Date For Resumption Of Negotiations by YunqTee: 12:25pm On Nov 16|
Hopefully by January we will return back to school.. Can't wait to grad mhennnn.