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FG cancels meeting with ASUU on strike

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A meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities has been cancelled by the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The spokesman, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, stated this in a statement but did not give reasons for the development.

This is the second time in two weeks that the scheduled meeting was postponed by the government.

It was, however, gathered that ASUU was still consulting with its organs on the latest offer by the government.

ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, had earlier said the appropriate organ of the union was still considering the Federal Government’s offer.

He denied the union agreed to end its strike on Wednesday, December 9 as claimed by the FG.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in a statement, said ASUU promised to call of the strike by December 9, 2020.

But Ogunyemi said, “ASUU leadership did not reach any understanding with government to suspend the strike on December 9, 2020, and there is nothing in the government offer of November 27, 2020 to suggest that conclusion as allegedly claimed by the Minister of Labour and Employment.

“At our last meeting in the office of the Minister of Labour and Employment on November 27, 2020, the ASUU leadership promised to faithfully present the latest government offer to its members through the established tradition.”

 

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Graduate who failed O-level exams 17 times advises youths

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Emmanuel Ahmadu, a Nigerian graduate in a photograph displaying his two honorary doctorate degrees in United States of America [NAN]

Graduate who failed O-level exams 17 times advises youths

Ahmadu, who was recently honoured with two doctorate degrees in the U.S., advised in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.

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Varsities workers threaten fresh industrial action over withheld salaries

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Varsities workers threaten fresh industrial action over withheld salaries

Two key unions within Nigeria’s tertiary education sector have issued a stern warning to the federal government, demanding the payment of their four months’ withheld salaries within the next two weeks to avoid potential strike.

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) conveyed their grievances in a letter addressed to the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, on Thursday in Abuja.

In their letter, titled “Re-Four Months Withheld Salaries: Demand for Immediate Payment,” NASU General Secretary Peters Adeyemi and SSANU President Mohammed Ibrahim expressed their frustration over the unpaid wages. They reminded the Minister of the unions’ previous one-week warning strike, which occurred from March 18 to March 24, as a protest against the withholding of salaries from May to August 2022.

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The unions highlighted the series of correspondences and assurances they had received regarding the payment, noting their disappointment that the issue remains unresolved. They accused the government of insincerity and neglect toward the welfare of their members.

“The government has ignored the principles of collective bargaining and fostered an environment of distrust,” the unions stated. They emphasized that the ongoing silence and non-payment of salaries are causing significant unrest among their members across universities and inter-university centers.

The unions warned that the continued delay in payment is jeopardizing industrial peace and harmony on campuses. “We can no longer ensure industrial peace and harmony in university campuses,” they declared, demanding immediate payment of the withheld salaries within two weeks. Failure to meet this demand, they cautioned, would compel them to initiate a complete shutdown of universities and inter-university centres.

Varsities workers threaten fresh industrial action over withheld salaries

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FG bows to pressure, reconstitutes governing boards of 111 tertiary institutions

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FG bows to pressure, reconstitutes governing boards of 111 tertiary institutions

The Federal Government has reconstituted the Governing Councils and Boards for the 111 federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

The government some weeks ago released a list of members of the reconstituted governing councils but the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders kicked against it over allegations of lopsidedness.

This prompted the withdrawal of the list for review.

But on Friday, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) released another list containing members of the governing councils.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved the reconstitution of the governing councils and boards of federal universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education for the effective management of Nigerian tertiary institutions across the country,” the statement said.

According to the list, the Nigerian government appointed a former governor of Osun State and pioneer chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, as the chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Ibadan (UI), Oyo State.

Others who made the list to head the governing councils included a renowned lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Wole Olanipekun (UNILAG); a former Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda (NOUN); and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU).

Senator Joy Emordi was also appointed to chair the council of the Alvan Ikoku Federal University of Education, Owerri, Imo State.

The list consists of five names each for 51 universities, 35 polytechnics, and 22 colleges of education.

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