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ASUU warms up for fresh strike, says no lectures tomorrow (Monday)

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has declared Monday, February 7, 2022, as a lecture-free day in all government-owned universities in preparation for a fresh nationwide strike.

The National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said the lecture-free day was to sensitise its members and the general public to the situation between the union and the Federal Government.

He disclosed this in an interview with Sunday Punch on Saturday.

Already, he said the directive had been passed on to the chapters of ASUU.

This is coming less than a week after President Muhammadu Buhari had pledged the commitment of his administration to the fulfilment of the agreement with the union.

Buhari made the promise when members of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council visited him to discuss the lingering issue.

While making the pledge, Buhari pleaded with the union to exercise patience and consider current economic realities.

The last national strike by ASUU was in March 2020 and it lasted till December 2020, when a Memorandum of Action was signed.

However, a year after signing the MoA, ASUU accused the government of failing to fulfil its side of the bargain and threatened to mobilise for another strike immediately.

The government quickly moved to pay N55bn as part-payment for the Earned Academic Allowance and Revitalisation Fund, but the union was unmoved until the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council and other dignitaries waded in.
Osodeke however clarified that the union had not yet declared a strike.

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Borno public school teachers now enjoying N30,000 minimum wage – Zulum

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A total of 4,491 qualified teachers under the Borno State Local Government Education Authority are now enjoying the monthly payment of N30,000 minimum wage with effect from August, 1, 2022.

The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, stated this, saying he had approved the immediate implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage to the teachers.

The State Government under the leadership of Governor Zulum faced accusations on the social media last week that teachers working with public primary schools received monthly salary between N7,000 and N11,000 as take home pay.

Governor Babagana Zulum who just returned from Japan after an official engagements gave the approval while having meeting with the chairmen and members of the state civil service and local government service commissions, Head of Service, as well members of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) at the Government House, Maiduguri on Wednesday.

Zulum also said promotion benefits of all state civil servants would be implemented from January 2022 to 2023 after a promotional examination, stressing that if Yobe State could conduct promotional examination, nothing should stop Borno from doing so.

“The problems in the state civil service and the local government service commissions are enormous. Many people could not understand the complexity of problems we have at hand, but I assure you we are going to sit down and address them with time.”

He lamented that about 3,000 teachers on the payroll of the LEA in the state did not have any qualified certificate, talk less of experience to teach, but assured that those trainable would be trained.

“We will take 1,000 unqualified teachers that are trainable to be undergo training at the Colleges of Education Waka Biu and Bama, while others will be trained in collaboration with National Teachers Institutes (NTI) for six months, and when pass the competency test, they will be observed into the system,” he said.

Borno State Chairman of the NLC, Yusuf Inuwa, commended Governor Zulum for the payment of 2020 leave grant to the state civil servants and assured him of the labour continued industrial harmony and support.

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Tuesday’s encounter with FG’s team was no meeting ― ASUU

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National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it does not see Tuesday’s encounter with the Federal Government’s team over the lingering strike by its members as a meeting.

This, the union said is because it has concluded everything with the Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee that the government sent to talk with it that day.

This was stated in a chat with Vanguard by a member of the National Executive Council of the union, Prof. Moyosore Ajao.

“Apart from the fact that the team came with nothing new other than to beg us to call off the strike, we concluded our meetings with the Briggs Committee on June 15, this year, so what do we have to do with them?

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“Moreover, their claim that they are going to incorporate our demands in next year’s budget if frivolous. What are they going to incorporate? Have we agreed on anything? For instance, regarding salary, they have not said this is what the salary will be and we have not also said we are accepting that.

“As far as we are concerned, the government has not negotiated those issues with us.
“The government is carrying about a bag of deceit and we will not fall for that. Let Nigerians ask the government what they are offering. So far, they have not offered anything,” he said.

Ajao, who is also the University of Ilorin Branch Chairman of ASUU, stated that members of the union were not insensitive to the plight of students, adding that everything is meant to make the sector better.

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Strike: ASUU begins consultations on next move

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The National Strike Organising Committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has met to decide on the way forward concerning the ongoing strike by the union, The PUNCH reports.

The committee is made up of senior officials of the union.

This is as our correspondent learnt that zonal meetings will commence by the end of the week after which branches would go ahead with congresses.

A member of the union’s National Executive Council, who did not want his name in print because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, disclosed this to The PUNCH.

“The National Strike Organising Committee will meet today (Wednesday), after which zonal meetings will commence this weekend and then congresses will be held.

“From there, information will be passed to our members on the next development; the president alone cannot decide, there are processes,” he said.

Meanwhile, ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, on Wednesday, urged Nigerian students not to vote for politicians who have their children studying in institutions outside the country.

Osodeke spoke on a Twitter Space Webinar organised by Premium Times and tagged, ‘ASUU strike, Revitalisation Fund and the Way Forward.’

“Anybody you believe cannot take care of your interests, whose children are busy studying abroad, who are living abroad, don’t vote for them.

“I repeat, you don’t need to vote for them, because you don’t vote for people who will take your life,” he said.

The PUNCH reports that the ASUU has been on strike since February 24, 2022,

A meeting the union had with the Federal Government ended in a deadlock on Tuesday.

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