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ASUU Strike 2013 Update: No Work No Pay Rule, Don’t take FG seriously – ASUU

ASUU Strike 2013 Update: No Work No Pay Rule, Don’t take FG seriously – ASUU

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Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that unless the Federal Government changes its tactics and do the right thing, universities in the country will remain shut “as long as they continue with the deception.”

ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge, reacting to the directive by the Federal Government that the striking lecturers should return to classrooms, said such order should not be taken seriously.

He told Nigerian Tribune on telephone in Abuja on Sunday that the union has had enough of such “deception from IBB, to Abacha, Obasanjo and now President Goodluck Jonathan.”

Fagge insisted that the Federal Government had an agreement with ASUU in 2009 and that it was that agreement the union is asking the government to implement.

He said: “I think when two people sit down and talk, they should be bound by the agreement. Let government change its tactics and do the right thing, then we will return to work.”

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim had on Friday last week while addressing the Chairmen of Governing Councils and Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities directed ASUU to return to work while pending issues are being resolved.

The directive was against the backdrop of reports credited to ASUU leadership that it would discontinue talks with the government.

ASUU began its current strike on July 1 following failure of government to implement a 2009 agreement on public universities funding between the two parties.

However, ASUU President, told Nigerian Tribune in Abuja that the union was not averse to further discussion with the government but that “the right thing must be done.”

SGF had on Friday last week directed all the governing councils of various universities to ensure that gates of the institutions are opened to students as from this week.

He said: “Mr. President is fully committed to bringing the students back to school and appreciates the patience of parents and students as government is making every effort to revitalise the university system.

“By this demonstration of clear commitment to revitalise the university system, government hereby urges every staff member of the nation’s universities to return to work as all issues are being resolved.

“With particular reference to the contentious issue of Earned Allowance, every member of staff of the universities that is so entitled should verify his claim with his university council and accordingly get paid,” he said.

SGF said the Earned Allowance was the major issue in dispute, adding that traditionally, universities pay the deserving staff but “because of the amount which ASUU now claims as arrears, government decided to assist the university councils to pay.”

He noted that government did not receive any computation of amount involved until February, 2013 and that ASUU demanded for an outrageous sum of N92 billion arrears for three years’ payment based on percentage of range of between 15 and 20 per cent of personnel cost.

Senator Anyim further said: “After series of discussions involving the National Assembly, the SGF, the Chairman of the Needs Assessment Report Implementation Committee, Governor Gabriel Suswam; the Ministers of Education, Labour and the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and other stakeholders, government has now provided N30 billion to support the university councils in settling the Earned Allowances.”

According to him, all other issues of Consolidated Salary Structure for Academics in Nigerian Universities (CONUASS II, amendment of Pensionable Retirement Age of Academics in the Professorial cadre to 70 years have been fully implemented.

Anyim said most of the issues contained in the 2009 agreement, which necessitated the current strike have been fully met except for the earned allowances which ASUU pegged at N92 billion.

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Comment(6)

  1. ASUU is been selfish and wicked as they decided to keep students away from school invariably prolonging their duration of study cos of their quest for increase in size of their (ASUU) pocket ‘N92 billion’ where students ar said to b at d negative receiving end. Can ASUU/FG withstand NANS ways of doing theirs? Why is ASUU using students as a selfish means of gaining selfish

  2. This is mere baseless assertion by the SGF the agreement was signed in his presence in his office and he practically appended his signature on behalf of the Government. It is high time Nigerians take their future into their own hands and do away with leaders who are dubious and whose cannot honour agreement. I think we should stop saying government we should the persons in government responsible for their insincerity.Jonathan is simply not fit to Govern; First lavishes our monies on irrelevant gatherings and got herself entangled with rotimi, anyway she’s only previlleged to be just is her husband. Jonathan Honour your agreement to revatalize the rot in our educational system: “every living shall taste death” and you shall give account of your stewardship. Okonjo is not fit, this Government is one-sided. Amin.

  3. what a rubbish country that im a citizen of. Country flowin with milk and honey making things complicated, instead FG is acting like they dont hv enough money to bring this strike to a close…

  4. I see that as mere bluffing. Demanding for one’s right is never a crime. It is really facical in nature that this is coming from our leaders. Our problem in this nation has always been our leaders. It is even worse now since most of their wards school abroad and the strike can go on forever it doesn’t bother them. Recarding the strike i have written on why the strike would still continue even if it is called off now through my blog http://www.scholarsvision.com/2013/08/asuu-strike-and-the-nexus-of-institutional-failure-in-nigeria/

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