Showing posts with label asuu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label asuu. Show all posts

Friday, 15 September 2017

ASUU Strike: No End In Sight

The representatives of the Federal Government and the leadership of ASUU have failed to reach a consensus on the current industrial strike action.
 
 
Hope that the strike action embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is about to come to an end appears dashed as congresses of universities met across the country to deliberate on the recent agreements reached between the leadership of the union and the Federal Government.
 
Feelers from the congresses that have met indicate that the unions were not ready to call of the strike because the government is yet to show the necessary commitment to their plights. 
 
For instance, in congresses held yesterday at the University of Ibadan, UI, and Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, EKSU, members of the union decided to continue with the strike action on the ground that the Federal Government’s offers are not acceptable to them.
 
According to reliable sources, the staff are not comfortable with the fact that only about one of the seven demands, which is the issue of staff schools of the universities was convincingly addressed by the government. Government only made promises as regards the other demands which do not show any difference from what was on ground before the strike.
 
As at the time of filing this report, UI was devoid of activities as all unions on campus both academic and non academic have embarked on indefinite strike.
 
A lecturer from EKSU said, “We have agreed that the strike must continue until the Federal Government is ready to grant our demands in practical way not in promissory act”.
 
In one of the interaction with the media after the last meeting the union had with the government, ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi said that he could not determine when the union would call off its strike adding that calling off the strike would be determined by the entire members of the union.
However, the effects of the strike has began to manifest as some students who have secured employments have decided to abandon their academic programmes.
 
A Master’s Degree student of UI who did not want his name mentioned said, “I have been looking for a job for a while now. Because I don’t want to be sitting at home, I obtained a postgraduate form and I was admitted. We were about to start our exam when the strike action began. Now I have a job. I can’t trade the job with the Master’s prpogramme. If I decide to leave the job and go back to school when the strike action is over, what gives me the impression that I will get a job as soon as I am through with the Master’s programme? I will do the Master’s programme when it is more convenient”.
 
Another student said, “I am considering private university, maybe BABCOCK or Lead City University. Government universities in Nigeria are becoming a problem and time waster. Unfortunately, we don’t have responsible government who will be ready to do what the unions are asking for. First, people in government will chose to embezzle people’s money or mismanage it rather than using it for public good. Since Nigeria has been in recession, have you heard political office holders reducing their salaries and allowances? Go to the National Assembly, and see the exotic cars they are buying. Their salaries are been paid as at when due. 
 
"Under the nose of President Muhammadu Buhari, those in the executive are also stealing. How many thieves will Buhari catch? Except the system is working, nothing good can come from Nigeria”.
 
To some female students, the strike action is a blessing to them as some pregnant female students delivered babies.
 
One of them said, “I thank God because I don’t know how I would have coped. I gave birth within two weeks the strike action commenced. That means that I would have given birth to my child while my first semester examination is on-going. This means that I might have not been able to write all my papers. So you can see now that it is a blessing for me. If the strike action is called off now, at least I can sit for my exam and graduate when my mates are graduating”.
 
Source: PM News
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Saturday, 9 September 2017

ASUU Strike: Accept FG's Offer - Students Beg Lecturers



Voicing the mood of Nigerian students, the leadership of NANS has begged strike university workers to accept FG's offer and call of the ongoing strike.
 
The National Association of Nigerian Students has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities to accept the offers made by the Federal Government and to call off the ongoing strike.

The Federal Government’s team dialoguing with ASUU had agreed to set-up a seven-man joint committee to look into all ASUU demands as well as agreed to release billions of naira to meet universities infrastructural needs.

The current agreement was reached after about 12 hours and 30 minutes of a closed door meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

“NANS is passionately appealing to ASUU to consider the offer made by the Federal Government in the interest of Nigerian students,” the National Public Relations Officer of NANS, Comrade Bestman Okereafor, said in a statement on Saturday.

“Even as NANS delegation shall be meeting with Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the National President of ASUU and his executives next week on the resumption of classes in the universities.”

Okereafor noted that NANS conclusively wish “to reassure our compatriots that NANS under the watch of Comrade Aruna Kadiri is poised and committed to giving a more proactive and responsive representation to students.

“We are optimistic that the storm in the universities will be over soonest.”


The national leadership of ASUU, however, said though it accepted the proposals presented by the government but would take the proposals to its members in various states and universities chapters.

The union would likely get back to the Federal Government within a week time.

(NAN)
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Friday, 1 September 2017

Osinbajo has not taken over talks with ASUU – FG


The federal government has reacted to news making the rounds that vice president Yemi Osinbajo has taken over talks between the FG and striking university lecturers.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige had made the declaration on Wednesday while fielding questions from State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) that the VP has taken over parts of the negotiation with the academics.
Ngige stated that this was part of the council’s resolutions at the meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, his first meeting with all the members of the cabinet, since his return from medical vacation on August 19.
“This is the first national strike that this government is facing and we want to discuss.
At council today, the Vice President has taken over some of the aspects of the negotiations and discussions.
So, we are continuing the meeting in his office and when we finish meeting, we will get back to Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for another round of meeting and we are hopeful that we will be able to go to an appreciable extent to solve some of the outstanding issues that is preventing them from going back to work,’’ Ngige said.
Reacting to the development on Thursday, Osinbajo’s spokesperson Laolu Akande tweeted:
“News reports that VP Osinbajo has taken over ASUU negotiations is untrue & inaccurate. Labour & Education Ministers continue to lead the talks.”
In a statement on Friday, Akande said the media misrepresented what Ngige meant, saying that the labour and education ministers are still in charge of negotiations.
ASUU is demanding the full implementation of the 2009 agreements reached with the federal government bordering on improvement in welfare and payment of backlog of salaries and entitlements, among other issues.
The union embarked on the strike August 14, 2017.
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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

“Please call off the strike and return to the Negotiation Table” – FG tells ASUU

BellaNaija - "Please call off the strike and return to the Negotiation Table" - FG tells ASUU
The Federal Government has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend its ongoing strike in the universities in the interest of the nation.
Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment made the appeal in a statement signed by Mr Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director, Press, in the Ministry, on Tuesday in Abuja.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had on Monday declared an indefinite strike over Federal Government failure to keep to the 2009 agreement.
According to Ngige, there is an ongoing renegotiation of the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU by the Babalakin Committee:
The Federal Government has set up the Babalakin Committee on 13th Feb. 2017, which is already addressing the issues raised by ASUU. Though the Federal Government did not wish to apportion blame, it is important to note that ASUU did not follow due process in the declaration of the industrial action. As it did not give the Federal Government, the mandatory 15 days’ notice as contained in the Section 41 of Trade Disputes Act, Cap T8, 2004. In fact, it was on 14th Aug., 2017 that the Office of the Minister received a letter dated 13th Aug. 2017 from ASUU, that is, one full day after it commenced the strike.
He, however, noted that the letter was to inform the Federal Government that ASUU has commenced strike, adding that this is not a declaration of intention to go on strike as contained in the Trade Dispute Act, 2004.
He further said that since the case was being conciliated, it was against the spirit of Social Dialogue and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for ASUU to embark on strike as enunciated in the International Labour Organisation (ILO)Convention. He said:
The Federal Government therefore wishes to appeal to ASUU to consider students who are currently writing degree and promotion examinations. Please call off the strike and return to the negotiation table.’
The minister added that the Ministry of Labour and Employment would ensure that a time frame is tied to negotiation this time around.
Ngige added that the Babalakin Committee was ever ready to continue the negotiation.
He also noted that the necessary ingredients for fruitful social dialogue as well as adequate powers to negotiate and make recommendations to the Federal Government had been put in place.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Kogi state university asuu saga, Federal government set to intervene through minister of works and productivity

federal government through ministry of labour and productivity headed by former governor of Anambra state and current minister in the above mentioned ministry, doctor ngigi set to intervene in the ongoing fracas between kogi state government and Asuu kogi state chapter over proscription
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Students Association pleads with ASUU to resolve dispute with FG

Students Association pleads with ASUU to resolve dispute with FG - BellaNaija
The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has pleaded with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to seek alternative avenues to resolve its dispute with the Federal Government.
News that ASUU intends to begin an indefinite strike has been circulating in the media.
Bestman Okereafor, the National Public Relations Officer of NANS, made the appeal in a statement issued in Enugu on Monday.
Okereafor said that the looming strike, if embarked on, would “definitely portend ill for the education sector’’ and the country in general.
He said that NANS agreed that issues being agitated for by ASUU were long-standing but declared that previous strikes had never really brought the desired results.
“We are trying to meet with education stakeholders as well as ASUU to put the agitating issues on the table to see which ones we can plead with ASUU to suspend for now and the ones we can engage the Federal Government on.
“As much as we are not in support of the strike, we are not telling ASUU out-rightly that it is wrong for them to go on strike. You don’t flog a man and tell him not to cry.
“We are also pleading with the Federal Government to be responsible enough to meet the demands that they have reached over time since 2009.
“Agreed, it is not this present government that reached that agreement, but the government is a continuum; so it is expected that government should have sat down with ASUU to review the agreement and agree on certain things.
“Not for us to start hearing that they want to go on strike again. It’s unfortunate.
“We are planning to engage them on Monday, Aug. 21. Let us sit down collectively and find a way out,’’ Okereafor said.
According to the PRO, our institutions are research centers. Why is it that the union hasn’t gone on research to find a permanent solution to all of these agitations?
“If ASUU cannot go on research to get the desired result on how to curb all of these issues, then we are in trouble in this country,” he added.
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Monday, 31 July 2017

Students Groan as ASUU, Kogi Govt Face-off Lingers



Lecturers of all the state-owned tertiary institutions in late January and early February this year, embarked on an indefinite strike over issues bordering majorly on non-payment of salaries, Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), non-clearance of some lecturers by the staff screening/verification committee, non-constitution of governing councils and other sundry demands.
The tertiary institutions that embarked on the strike include: Kogi State University, Anyigba;  Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja; College of Health Technology, Idah; School of Nursing and Midwifery, Obangede;  College of Education, Ankpa and College of Education (Technical) Kabba.
Following the prolonged strike, students at some point took to the streets to ventilate their frustration over the negative impact the unrest was having on their academic development.
Touring tertiary institutions to end face off
Piqued by the continued industrial action, the state governor, Yahaya Bello, undertook a tour of all the institutions to meet with stakeholders in a bid to find a lasting peace.
He began with the College of Health Technology, Idah from where he moved to the Kogi State University, Anyigba and the College of Education at Ankpa.
The governor also met with stakeholders at the Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, College of Education (Technical), Kabba and the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Obagande.
At each of the institution visited, the governor was told the myriads of challenges hampering the tertiary education sector which bordered majorly on payment of salaries/allowances, promotion of staff, infrastructural decay, poor funding, insecurity, inadequate hostel accommodation and lecture halls, among others.
Bello had during the visits promised that salaries and allowances owed the workers would be paid before the end of the month, assuring that his administration was ready to accord “practical solutions” to the problems facing the tertiary institutions.
He said his administration would not consider politics, mediocrity and sentiments in resolving the problems.
Bello, however, appealed to the striking workers to stop beating the drums of war and reason with government on the need to develop education in the state.
Following the tour and the appeals made by the governor, the lecturers under the Joint Action Committee (JAC) resumed academic activities, while their Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) counterpart at the Kogi State University ASUU-KSU insisted on getting their salaries as promised by the governor before going back to class.
Bello, ASUU tangle over proscription order
But not comfortable with the stand of ASUU, the governor on July 19 made a proclamation banning all activities of ASUU at the university for failing to call off its seven month-old strike after government had allegedly met 90 percent of its demands.
Bello, who made a proclamation in Lokoja, after a decision reached on the matter by the state executive council, directed all academic staff of the institution to resume academic activities immediately or assume that they are no longer in the employment of the state government and the university.
Daily Trust on Sunday learnt that the proscription order was handed down at a time that ASUU was said to be planning to convene a congress to end their prolonged industrial unrest.
The governor said that the lecturers had been paid their salaries and that there was no justification for them to continue their industrial action.
He ordered the management of the institution to take immediate steps to find and engage suitable replacements for all crucial staff vacancies including those who have left or may wish to leave and all those who are deemed to have left the services of the university pursuant to the proclamation.
“In effect, the Governing Council of the university and the management of KSU and the management of the ministry of education are hereby directed to immediately start the process of employing all categories of academic staff,” he said.
Infact, in vacancy advertisements for various positions of lecturers in many newspapers last week signed by the Registrar/Secretary to Council, Kogi State University, Dr Y.I. Abubakar, a clause stated that: “This recruitment exercise is premised on the proclamation by the Visitor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, lifting ban on employment in the university.”
Bello also directed all the relevant security agencies in the state to be on the look-out and live up to their responsibilities to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order as a result of the proclamation.
He explained further that the activities of ASUU in the university have obstructed and disrupted the provision of essential services in education, “thereby occasioning psychological trauma and irrevocable loss to the lawful recipients.”
Besides, the governor said:  “The Kogi government is forced to believe that ASUU-KSU and her members for no justifiable cause have deliberately persisted in the breach of their responsibilities as employees of the Kogi State government, working in an institution providing essential services, which is education.”
However, the Zonal Coordinator, Nsukka Zone of the union, Prof David Ikoni, told newsmen in Lokoja that the action of the governor revealed his “ignorance of the law and the rules guiding the operations of ASUU.
“By section 40 of the Constitution, every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons and in particular he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any other association for the protection of his interest,” he said.
He argued that ASUU, as a trade union with several members, had every right to agitate and struggle for the protection of the interest and welfare of its members especially in a democratic setting.
“It is evident that some academic staff of the university, are yet to receive their salaries for upward of 14 months contrary to the statement credited to the governor that they have fulfilled over 90 percent of their demand and have gone a step further to pay all outstanding salaries of both cleared and uncleared staffs including those that have committed one crime or the other,” Prof Ikoni said.
According to him, as an end to the strike, the union demands equivocal withdrawal of the statement allegedly proscribing ASUU-KSU, with an apology to the members and the general public, payment of arrears of 14 months salaries owed academic staff, especially those employed following due process, in 2015.
The National Executive Committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) also instructed its members in the Kogi State University, Ayingba, to continue their strike until the proscription order is reversed.
This was contained in a resolution jointly signed by the convener, ASUU National Executive Committee, visitation committee, Professor Suleiman Mohammed, Acting chairperson, ASUU Kogi State University chapter, Dr Daniel O Aina and Assistant Secretary, Dr M. A. Daikwo, after the union held its congress outside the university campus in Anyigba.
Mohammed advised the state government to address all outstanding issues, including payment of salaries to all categories of staff.
He said ASUU has resolved to sanction any member who violates the resolution of the congress by signing the register with a view to resume work.
The resolution reads in parts, “the congress of ASUU-KSU, Anyigba met on the 25th July, 2017, for the first time in the history of the university, outside the campus in the conference Hall of Harbour Bay Guest House, Anyigba, reviewed the on-going strike action embarked upon by the members of the union, the illegal proscription of ASUU-KSU, Anyigba by the Governor of Kogi State and to chart a way forward and resolved as follows:
“That the holding of the congress meeting outside the university campus was consequent on the refusal of the university administration to allow the union meet on the prescient of the university as part of the implementation of the purported proscription of the ASUU-KSU, by the governor of Kogi State.
“That the proscription of the ASUU-KSU, Anyigba by the governor of Kogi State is unconstitutional, null, void and of no consequence whatever.
“To continue the strike action until the alleged proscription order is reversed and all outstanding issues including payment of salaries to all categories of staff and EAA are settled.
“To sanction any member who violates the resolution of Congress by signing the register with the view to resume work.”
Save our future, students tell Bello, ASUU
But students who have been at the receiving end of the face-off have appealed to the government and ASUU to end the impasse to enable them resume academic activities.
The President, Students Union Government (SUG) of the university, Comrade Philip Omepa, lamented the trauma many of them had gone through since the inception of the strike action.
“We have actually wasted seven months of the year, our mates who graduated from other institutions have already gone for their National Youth Service while we are still left behind.
“The next batch of NYSC is supposed to be mobilised in November, but with the look of things, I doubt if our students would be able to make it because our scripts are still with the lecturers.
“The two parties should sheath their swords in the interest of the students. The future of the state depends on us. They are our parents and should know what is good for us,” he said.
Credits: Daniel Sule Itodo | Daily Trust
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Please, De-proscribe KSU-ASUU, Concerned Parent Begs Gov. Bello



AN OPEN APPEAL TO HIS EXCELLENCY, ALH YAHAYA BELLO, KOGI STATE GOVERNOR.
Your Excellency, our dear Governor.
I want to appeal to you, sir, to please, de-proscribe Kogi State University, (KSU) ASUU, not because of the positions of the various Unions, nor that of the National Labour Congress, NLC, but because of the innocent suffering students.
Your Excellency’s status goes beyond these trivial stance of unionism.
Your present position is not interpreted in line with your age. As the Governor of Kogi State, you are the father of all, irrespective of our political linage, religious and senatorial divide.
The good, the bad, neat and dirty will be pour within your vicinity. You are now the dust bin, which is a situation you must accept.
I am appealing to you, Your Excellency, knowing fully well that you, certainly, will get this message, through this platform, to please because of the God you serve and these your children whose hope and future lies in their academic pursuit, not minding the utterances of the unionists and members of the public, de-proscribe ASUU, KSU branch.
If you do this, you will see how the various heads of these students and their parents will chart a new course of positive advancement for you, sir.
May your days be long. Amen.
My sincere appreciation in anticipation of your response, sir.
– Agbaje-Williams Olushola
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Friday, 28 July 2017

Be Ready to Face Sanction If You Resume Work – ASUU Warns Kogi Varsity Lecturers



The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) national executive committee has instructed its members in the Kogi State University, Ayingba to continue their strike until the proscription order is reversed by the Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
This was contained in a resolution jointly signed by the convener, ASUU National Executive Committee, visitation committee, Professor Suleiman Mohammed, Acting chairperson, ASUU Kogi State university chapter, Dr D. O Aina and Assistant Secretary Dr M. A. Daikwo after the union held its congress outside the university campus in Anyigba.
The convener, NEC visitation committee, Mohammed advised the state government to address all outstanding issues, including payment of salaries to all categories of staff.
He said ASUU has resolved to sanction any member that violated the resolution of the congress by signing the register with the view to resume.
The resolution reads in parts,  “the congress of ASUU-KSU, Anyigba met on the 25th July, 2017, for the first time in the history of the University, outside the campus in the conference Hall of Harbour Bay Guest House, Anyigba, review the On-going strike action embarked upon by the members of the Union, the illegal proscription of ASUU-KSU, Anyigba by the Governor of Kogi State and to chart a way forward and resolved as follows:
“That the holding of the congress meeting outside the university campus was consequent on the refusal of the university administration to allow the union meet on the prescient of the university as part of the implementation of the purported proscription of the ASUU-KSU, by the Governor of Kogi State.
“That the proscription of the ASUU-KSU, Anyigba by the Governor of Kogi State is unconstitutional, null, void and of no consequence whatever.
“To continue the strike action until the alleged proscription order is reversed and all outstanding issues including payment of salaries to all categories of staff and EAA are settled.
“To sanction any member that violate the resolution of Congress by signing the register with the view to resume work.”
It would be recalled that Governor Bello last Wednesday announced the proscription of the Kogi State chapter of ASUU) with immediate effect.
He said the decision became necessary as all efforts to make members of the institution see reasons to call off their over six months old strike action had failed.
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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Latest Updates On Kogi State University Asuu Strike (Read)



Read The below message from a KSU Lecturer

Credited to ibe Ben
"In recent times, I have been inundated with too many calls from some of my students and their parents as to whether KSU has resumed academic activities. I want to provide general answer so as to save my battery.

1. Recall that the university management asked the students to go home in February because ASUU members withdrew their services pending when the university governing council is constituted and all salary arrears and all it's components are paid.

2. Yes, the council has been constituted, however, salary arrears and all it's components due to all ASUU members have not been paid up to date. So ASUU is still on strike and I see no reason why anyone would announce any resumption seeing that ASUU has not released her services on which instance students were asked to go home in the first place.

3. If your own department is among the few departments that are offering pre-resumption rehearsal lectures and you are disposed to attend, you can decide for yourself. Nevertheless, expect the main lectures when ASUU demands are met, the illegal proscription is lifted, and the strike is called off by the same ASUU that started it.

4. Don't be confused by the antics of the self acclaimed students friendly lecturers that are announcing lectures, it's because they have received their own alert and cannot be selfless enough to wait for the rest of their members who are yet to do same. If they truly love the students as professed and the best way to protect their students is to kill the body that tirelessly fought for their wellbeing, why did they agree to embark on the strike and then stay on strike for over 5months in the first instance?

5.To conclude the matter, ASUU strike is still on and in full force.
#saynotobadeducationinkogistate# #saynotobetrayals#"


Also Information reaching us again..

"The National Executive Council of Academic Staff Union of University has instruct ASUU KSU chapter to continue the industrial action until the state Government reverse the proscription and until all lecturers in all categories have been paid!.

Source : Grace 95.5 fm news. 8am today 27th July, 2017."
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Photo: Former HOD Banking and Finance Prof Odi Nwankwo Lecturing Students This Morning - KSU Resumes



Recall that the KSU Asuu congress being held yesterday at harbour bay, the resolution of the meeting was to continue strike, as some lecturers decides to call off the strike, while some of them decides to continue. But as it is now, most department have released their time table for lectures and some lecturers are turning up.

stay tuned as we would bring you more info......


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Friday, 14 July 2017

KSU Management Oders Kogi State University ASUU To Immediately Resume Academic Activities


Management, after a brief meeting this evening wrote a memo to the Chairman, ASUU, KSU Chapter to immediate suspend the about six (6) months old strike to enable members resume academic activities immediately.
It is stated in the memo that Government has made concerted efforts in addressing some the problems that led to the strike action by paying all cleared staff up to March 2017, the latest being the 241 members of staff who were paid between Tuesday, 11th to Thursday, 13th July, 2017, an indication that there is commitment on the part of Government.
As a result of ASUU KSU's failure to listen to His Excellency's plea/appeal, when he visited the institution on Tuesday, 11th July, 2017 and that of His Royal Majesty, Atta Igala and other stakeholders in education, Management has therefore directed the Ag. Provost, College of Health Sciences and Deans of Faculties to monitor the signing of attendance register and performance of duty with immediate effect.
According to the memo signed by the Registrar/
Secretary to Council, failure to resume academic activities by any lecturer will attract "unpleasant consequences".
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The National Body Of Igala Students (ISA)With Kogi NANS And JCC Meet With The Senior Staff Of Asuu Over Strike Issues [Photo]




Kogi NANS JCC in solidarity with kogi state university students union government Parliament, the national body of igala students association (ISA) and the students stakeholders of kogi state university anyugba express their grievances to the striking union (ASUU) during their emergency congress which was held today 10 may 2017 in ksu.
In the discussion between JCC Chairman kogi state chapter with Senior members of the union (ASUU) And senior members of the university management.

The striking union (ASUU KSU) bitterly expressed their grievances over the non payment of salary and other arrears since February till date.
Resolution from the Congress.
* the striking union (ASUU KSU) having understanding with the university management sympathise with the students of ksu as they are open to negotiation and to ensure every necessary strategy to resolve the strike on time.
* in addition, the ASUU Executives immediately after the congress sympathize with the student's as parents and also made it known that until all the arrears of salaries are being paid, ASUU will not go back to class and they also added that the payment should be done holistically without disparity I.e payment of salary of both lecturers on contract, sabbatical, those on study leave, and 2015 employees.
Signed
NANS JCC CHAIRMAN
Hon. Usman Husseini Attaja.
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Monday, 20 February 2017

We Did Not Collect #1.2million From State Government To Stop The Protest - SUG President Philip Omepa


DISCLAIMER FROM THE DESK OF THE SUG PRESIDENT KSU.
I write to the generality of the students of Kogi state university and Congress of kogi state to debunk the rumor that the SUG has collected the sum of 1.2million Naira from KOGI STATE government to stop the protest which was never planned by the institution for 21st February 2017. It is worthy of note that such rumor lingered in the last ASUU strike which was proven not to be true with the protest that held in ganaja junction on July 14th, 2016. It is also worthy of note that the SUG president has been quiet as to issue regarding the current ASUU strike and this is because the body knew various procedures and method it adopted to achieve success in the past ASUU strike.
Part of the primary aim and mandate of the union is to protect the lives and security of its students. And this is why it cannot risk allowing its students participate in a protest it cannot guarantee their security.
This doesn't mean if protest becomes our last resort, it wouldn't be adopted.
For the avoidance of doubt I will emphatically stress out that if any government officials has given the SUG of KSU money to stop the rumored protest, he or she should come out with evidence for clarity and posterity sake.
Finally students are pleaded to keep their peace as decisions taken will purely put a lasting end to the issue of ASUU strike in KOGI STATE UNIVERSITY.
thanks.
Comrade Shaibu Philip OMEPA
SUG PRESIDENT KSU.
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Friday, 10 February 2017

ASUU Strike Grounds Activities In Kogi State University

The strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kogi State University has started taking its toll on the institution.

The non-Academic staff of the University had earlier joined other tertiary institutions in a strike action called by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising all the Tertiary institutions in the State.

There was however mixed feelings among students concerning the strike, while some expressed gratitude to ASUU for allowing them to finish their examinations before embarking on the indefinite strike, others who are on their thesis or final year first degree project work lamented their plight as their supervisors have joined the industrial action.

The union had declared an indefinite strike last Friday demanding the immediate reconstitution of the university’s governing council and the payment of eight months arrears of salaries to all categories of academic staff.

Addressing reporters in Lokoja, the chairman of the union Dr. Daniel Aina explained that the absence of governing council for more than one year had affected the institution negatively that it could no longer function statutorily.

“In view of the demand for the immediate reconstitution of the university’s Governing Council, recent developments on our campus suggest that the lack of the council appear to be a ploy to erode the university autonomy which stands it out from all other institutions. ASUU-KSU will resist this.

“The ASUU chief lamented government’s allocation to the university for infrastructural development saying this is not up to the quarter of what came from the TETFund intervention which itself is a product of ASUU struggle.”

The state commissioner for education, Sunday Tolorunleke, accused the union of impatience saying the voucher for their salary has been prepared.
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

ASUU ends strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Tuesday confirmed that it had ended its one week nationwide warning strike over the non-implementation of its 2009 agreement with the Federal Government.

The President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who said this in Abuja, urged lecturers to return back to their classrooms.

“We are making progress especially with the intervention of the Senate and in the next one or two meetings, if we are able to get a clear path to the matter, we will avoid the elongation of the strike.

“I have been receiving these reports that ASUU says strike continues, no, the strike ends today (Tuesday). All lecturers are to go back to work on Wednesday morning.”

Ogunyemi said ASUU was hopeful of a positive outcome going by the response coming from the Federal Government.
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

ASUU Meeting With Federal Government Ends In Deadlock


The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) did not reach an agreement on Earned Allowance due to lecturers despite the Senate’s intervention.

The meeting, which was held on Monday, November 21, was convened by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund and chaired by its chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau.

It was gathered that the Committee adjourned the meeting indefinitely after the two parties failed to reach an agreement on the matter.

n attendance at the meeting were the national leadership of ASUU led by its national president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi; the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed; and the director general of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs. Ahonu-Amazu, among others.

According to Leadership newspaper, the meeting ended at about 8.20pm on Monday. However, the one-week warning strike will end on Tuesday, November 22.

The union had vowed to follow it up with an infinite action if its demands are not met before the end of the warning strike.

Senator Barau told newsmen after the meeting that the peace meeting agreed on all issues at stake except the one on ‘earned allowance’, which made them call it off for further engagements among all parties.

It was learnt that ASUU president and its delegation left the venue of the meeting without talking to newsmen.
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

ASUU Threatens Another Strike!!




The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike to press home its demands for the implementation of its 2009 agreement with the Federal Government.

The ASUU Lagos Zone Coordinator, Prof. Olusoji Sowande, said this at a news conference on Tuesday in Lagos.

Sowande said that the union was planning to toe this part after several efforts to ensure that the government address the pending demands, proved abortive.

He said that the 2009 FG/ASUU agreement, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on funding of state universities, breaches of the conditions of service and re-negotiation of the agreement, were still pending.

The coordinator also mentioned other demands like the exclusion of Nigerian universities from Pension Management Company and non-release of NEEDS Assessment Intervention Fund.

He said that funding of state universities, earned academic allowance and renegotiation of the agreement were parts of the outstanding issues.

Sowande recalled that the union had embarked on strike in 2012 and 2013 as part of the efforts to make the government implement the agreement, adding that the issues remained unresolved.

He said that the 2009 agreement provided for a periodic review after every three years which had not been done.

“The review of the agreement should have been undertaken in 2012 and 2015 but that did not happen.‎

“The implication is that our union has shown enough patriotism and understanding on these matters in the last four years.

“We are perplexed and disappointed that both the Federal and State Governments are not responding to our consistent appeals to bring about genuine transformation in the education sector, ‘’ he said.

According to him, embarking on strike has never been a favourable choice as the Students and ASUU members have always suffered the pains more.

“It is unfortunate that the only language government appears to respect and listens to is that of industrial action like strike,”he said.

The don said that the National officers of the union had met with the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu on May 10 and tabled ten-point demand.

He said that the minister had promised that the issues would be resolved within two weeks but nothing had been done till now.

Sowande said that based on MOU signed in November 2013, “Nigerian universities requires N1.3 trillion to revitalise the system’’, adding that the government was already in arrears of N605 billion as at the third quarter of 2016.

He said that the government had refused to release N128 billion and N250 billion respectively for the earned academic allowance of three years after the MoU was signed.‎

“In order to forestall this avoidable crisis, we appeal to all genuinely progressive individuals and groups to prevail on both the Federal and State Governments to commence release of funds for the listed purposes.

“This is to arrest the brewing and potentially combustible situation in the Nigerian university system before it degenerated into a serious conflagration,” he said.



THE NATION
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