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NOUN staff open to join ASUU.

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Chief Iheanacho Ukaha, has assured NOUN that the community would strive to upgrade the facilities in the centre

Academic Staff Forum of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) has resolved to join the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU).

According to a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Dr. Chuks Enwerem, the forum held a meeting on December 3, 2020, to discuss modalities for getting its share of the Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) released by the Federal Government to ASUU.

The forum later had a second meeting on February 2, 2021, at the Convocation Arena, NOUN Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja.

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Chairman of the forum, Professor Abubakar Suleiman, briefed members on the progress made towards getting a staff of the university to be included in the payment loop. He said that after extensive deliberations with ASUU officials in the North Central, coupled with other available information, they were convinced that it would be very difficult for NOUN academics to get their entitlement by going it alone without the national body.

Members of the forum generally resolved to join the national body without further delay. They consequently mandated the executive committee to follow up on the membership process.

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SEQUEL to the opening of NOUN study centre in Asaga-Ohafia, Abia State, at the weekend, the President-General of Asaga Ohafia Development Union (ADU), Chief Iheanacho Ukaha, has assured NOUN that the community would strive to upgrade the facilities in the centre, to make the centre an epitome of educational reference.

He told NoRM‘s known Media that his community built the centre to expand access to higher education in the area through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programme and thus cushion the tertiary educational constraints and challenges of the area.

“The study centre was built by ADU and gifted to NOUN,” he said, stressing that the ODL programme had benefitted many Nigerians.

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“It is our hope that the establishment of NOUN in Asaga-Ohafia, the only one in Abia State outside the state capital, will positively impact on the lives of the members of our community.”

NOUN Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu, who was represented by Deputy VC (Academics), Professor Uduma Oji Uduma, at the commissioning, said that the Asaga Ohafia study centre would complement the existing centre in Umuahia and cushion the tertiary educational constraints in Ohafia and environs.

He consequently urged politicians to consider making provision of education opportunities to their communities as a top priority.

In this regard, he canvassed that politicians should channel their constituency budgets towards establishing study centres in their localities.

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“NOUN, as the single open and distance university in the country, provides individuals with the opportunity of studying anywhere and anything,” he stated.

Two monarchs from Asaga-Ohafia, the Ezematita II, Dr. Sunny Ukweni; and the EzieOgo, Emmanuel Kalu; lauded NOUN for approving the study center in Asaga-Ohafia.

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NUC SAYS School to resume after 9 months ASUU Strike.

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Following the approval given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID19, The NUC says universities can now resume academic activities.

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has directed vice-chancellors of universities to begin academic activities on January 18, following the directive of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) team on Covid-19.

NoRM recalls that Universities in Nigeria have been closed due to the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as well as the Coronavirus pandemic.

ASUU suspended its 9-month old strike on December 23, 2020, after the federal government met their demands, including paying the lecturers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS.

In a statement released, the deputy executive secretary (Administration) of the NUC, Chris Maiyaki, mandated administrators on Grade Level 12 and below to remain at home for a period of five weeks as earlier directed by the federal government.

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He asked university authorities to safeguard lives by strictly adhering to the existing safety protocols and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) guidelines, which have been given severally to the Nigerian University System through NUC’s circulars.

“I am to add that universities on resumption of academic activities, must under no circumstance violate the full cycle of the semester system, consistent with the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS) approved by the NUC, as well as other extant quality assurance standards and guidelines,” the statement added.

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Just in: FG, ASUU meeting ends in deadlock

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The strike was conditionally suspended following the intervention of stakeholders and government’s directive to suspend implementation of the controversial IPPIS for lecturers.

Two weeks after suspending their nine-month-old strike, university teachers have accused the Federal Government of reneging on the agreement reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The dons, in a statement, said the government was yet to pay their December salaries, while “illegal” deductions were still to be refunded.

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In the release, the union said the government had “again failed to honour its agreement on payment of not only outstanding salaries of members ranging from five to eight months; Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) and check off dues illegally deducted before December 31, 2020.”

The lecturers had embarked on strike in March 2020 over government’s refusal to honour the agreement reached with ASUU in 2009 that revolves around university revitalisation, improved funding and infrastructure development.

The body also protested against government’s introduction of an alternative payment platform, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), insisting the initiative was at variance with university autonomy and therefore directed members not to enrol on the platform.

But chairman, University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter of ASUU, Dr Dele Ashiru, told The Guardian that successive administrations have always failed to honour agreements with the union.

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He said the government made some promises before the protracted industrial action was suspended but regretted that the current administration had allegedly failed to its part of the bargain.

Ashiru said: “For instance, the government failed to pay members’ illegally deducted salaries before December 31, 2020, and as of January 3, we are yet to receive December 2020 salary. Government promised to refund our illegally deducted check-off dues before December 31, 2020, but that has not been done as we speak. They promised to credit the Earned Academic Allowances account before December 31 and that also has not been done.”

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Just in: PGF DG offers solution to ASUU strike

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The PGF DG added that protests and strikes should however, be the last resort.

Alhaji Salihu Lukman, Director-General, Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), says a holistic approach is required to address recurring Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strikes in the country.

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Lukman said this in a statement in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ASUU had been on strike since March 23, paralysing academic activities in public universities before the recent agreement to end the strike.

“Many who simply want to reduce these issues to opinions and commentary, may hardly recognise that this is not a matter that any government can resolve by fiat.

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“It is also not a matter that any group can sustainably achieve, no matter how aggressive and resolute the group may be,” he said.

Lukman said that the frequent ASUU strikes would destruct Nigerian’s education system if not well handled.

“To change this will require a new holistic approach, which should be based on a sectoral strategy coordinated directly by the presidency not at ministerial level,”he said.

Lukman recalled that in 1960s and 1980s there were hardly strikes at the country’s education system, noting that most academic disruptions at that time were caused by students’ protests over welfare conditions.

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“It is almost impossible to cite any country in the world with a record of strike in universities for nine months in one academic calendar like Nigeria.

“As patriots, we must all be worried, concerned and committed to resolving the problem permanently in the interest of all.

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Nigeria had suffer colossal loss – Profs spill after ASUU abort 9 months old strike

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For the students, he said staying at home for that long would have changed their orientation, most of them becoming burden on parents.

As the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) suspended its nine-month-old strike, yesterday, professors from various institutions said the action had left colossal loss to the nation.

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The suspension came after ASUU and the Federal Government resolved the contentious issues that had prolonged the strike. ASUU’s National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, announced the suspension of the strike at a press conference shortly after the National Executive Council meeting (NEC) of the union resolved that the protracted strike action be suspended conditionally.

Ogunyemi, however, warned that if government failed to fulfill its own part of the agreement, ASUU would resume the strike.

ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike on March 23, over non-implementation of agreements and resolutions government reached with the union in 2009, as well as the introduction of a new payment system, Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), for university teachers.

Although the union proceeded to develop an alternative platform, University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), the reluctance of government to accept the payment platform and attend to their other demands kept university students out of school for nine months.

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The strike paralysed academic activities in the nation’s universities despite pleas from stakeholders to the warring parties to reach compromise and save the education sector.

While announcing the suspension, Ogunyemi said they had resolved to return to classrooms and do their best for the students and the nation at large.

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“We are going back to rekindle the motivation and aspirations in our members and encourage our students to excel, all in expectation that governments at both Federal and state levels would sincerely fulfill their own part of the bargain,” he said.

Ogunyemi also appealed to parents to show more interest in their children’s condition of living and learning, and be advocates of better funding, better laboratories and learning environment for their wards.

This, he said, would ensure an all-round education that would enable graduates compete with the rest of the world.

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Stakeholders have, however, lamented that the strike came at a huge a cost to the nation. Former vice chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Otta; Prof. Adebayo Adeyemi; Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju of the University of Lagos, and Dr. John Nwobodo, a lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Renaissance University, Enugu, described the strike action as ill-timed and a setback for the sector.

Adeyemi said the strike would negatively affect foreign students wishing to have their university education in Nigeria as well as the global rating of Nigerian universities.

It would encourage more prospective Nigerian students to seek education outside the shores of Nigeria, thus encouraging capital flight to other countries.

Some of the students, he feared, would have lost touch with the realities of their studies while others would have been affected by financial, environmental, social and family factors, which would prevent them from resuming after the strike.

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Such category of students, he noted, if not properly rehabilitated, might become social miscreants.

“Unfortunately, in this country there is no follow-up by institutions and no government social agencies that can provide follow-up or succour to such group. It is the society, in the long run, that bears the brunt of the negative consequences of abandonment,” he added.

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Adeyemi also argued that, with the prolonged strike, research activities, which should a major focus of academic pride, would be relegated to the background.

To address the problem of strike and ensure uninterrupted learning, the scholar said continuous academic calendar could be ensured and sustained with mutual understanding among stakeholders.

Dr. Nwobodo described the nine-month strike as an economic loss to government and the nation. Nwobodo lamented that an academic year had been lost to the strike, while government would have to pay teachers for months they did nothing.

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A Development Expert, Dr. Chiwuike Uba, said the economic and social costs of the strike were huge and indeterminable, stressing that the opportunity costs will be delays in students’ graduation, loss of revenue to businesses dependent on universities, decline in quality of education and its impact on the general economy, and workers demotivation, among others.

He said: “It is shocking that, even when Universities have been granted autonomy, they are still a one-hundred percentage dependent on government subventions for their programmes and activities. One would expect the institutions to generate funding from their intellectual capital through research, studies, and innovations. There is no link between our universities and industries in Nigeria. In other countries, universities attract huge research grants from industries and from their own social enterprises. What are the inputs of Nigerian universities on national and subnational policies and development?

“It is only in Nigeria that you see professors and other lecturers selling handouts and textbooks. Some are still teaching with the handouts with which they were trained. The more reason they are obsessed with strikes, which have led to the irretrievable decline in the quality of education in Nigeria. Over N2 trillion is spent by Nigerian students in universities abroad. In fact, during the recent strike, children of well-to-do parents left the country to study abroad.”

For Prof Femi Ajayi of Agricultural Extension Department, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the strike is avoidable and could have been stopped if government had responded swiftly to teachers’ demands.

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Programme Coordinator, Gender and Social Inclusive, Ibrahim Maryam said the prolonged strike had led to increase in crime rate across the country.

A university don from Federal University, Gusau, Zamfara State, Dr. Abubakar Sadeeq Haruna, urged government to create enabling environment for private sector to invest in tertiary education as partial solution to ease huge budget allocation on education.
“ No doubt, the period covered in the strike is huge and it has crippled retention capacity of students. Although it is difficult to cover the whole time lost but efforts could be made to cover little. Universities should introduce virtual learning for students. Lecturers’ allowances should be paid and the university should be made conducive enough for lectures to start immediately,” Haruna stated.

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News+: ASUU suspends ‘prolonged’ Strike

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The decision to suspend the action, according to Ogunyemi,followed the resolution to that effect by NEC at its meeting held earlier.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU,has finally suspended its strike.

The union announced the suspension of the 9-month old industrial action at a press conference held Wednesday morning in Abuja.

ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi,who led other National Executive Committee of the union to the event where he made the announcement,explained that the suspension takes effect from today,Wednesday 23,2020.

Details coming shortly…

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There are no agreements to end strike – ASUU

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He said that the Federal Government had promised to fulfil part of the agreement that led to the lingering strike, but had failed to do so till date.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said it has not suspended its ongoing nine-month-old strike.

Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, Chairman of the University of Jos Chapter of ASUU disclosed this in an interview with NoRM on Friday in Jos.

According to him, the union has not signed any agreement with the Federal Government to call off the strike as being purported in some quarters.

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“It must be categorically stated here that ASUU never signed any agreement to suspend the strike but agreed on timelines for government to implement certain aspects of the issues in contention.

“For instance, one of the issues agreed was that all the six to nine months withheld salaries and check-off dues of ASUU members will be released by Dec. 9, but the date has passed and nothing was done.

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“The N40 billion earned academic allowances and N30 billion funding for revitalisation will also be released by Dec. 11, among other issues, but till now, none has been fulfilled.

“The next thing is that we heard Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, telling the public that ASUU agreed to suspend the strike,” he said.

Maigoro said the minister was quoted in some sections of the media that government has fulfilled its part of the agreement reached to enable the union to call off the industrial action

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“He was quoted to have said the government had fulfilled its part of the gentleman agreement it entered with ASUU on Nov. 27.

“He was also quoted to have claimed that payment of the public university lecturers’ salaries being withheld would require presidential clearance due to the prevailing “No work, no pay” rule.

“It is important for Nigerians to note that salaries of lecturers of federal universities, who refused to enrol in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) were stopped in February before they went on strike in March.

“It should, however, be noted too that IPPIS and salary stoppage were not among the demands of ASUU but was introduced by the government as a distraction,” he noted.

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He called on relevant stakeholders, parents and even students to join ASUU in its bid to ensure a better university and education system in the country, rather than see lecturers as bad eggs.

Maigoro called on the government to show high of level of sincerity in negotiating with ASUU, insisting that using threats would further aggravate the issue.

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ASUU strike to end soon; read details

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The branch, however, called for payment of the allowance before the strike will be called off.

As results of the various congresses of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) trickle in, there are indications that the branches have accepted the Federal Government new offers.

But it is not yet uhuru as the congresses have given the Federal Government conditions to be met before the eight-month industrial action will be suspended by the union.

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Two days after the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, announced that the Federal Government’s negotiating team was still awaiting completion of Integrity Test on the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU’s) University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), the Federal Government made an offer to the university lecturers. The latest offer seems to have moved the eight-month negotiation to a higher gear.

The Federal Government, at its recent meeting with ASUU, shifted grounds noticeably when it offered a total sum of N65 billion to the public university system to address some of its demands; revitalisation of universities and arrears of payment for earned allowances to lecturers. The government also said that salary arrears to striking lecturers would be reviewed for payment on an older platform, different from the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the UTAS. This has also reduced some of the troubling points in the industrial dispute. The new offer has been taken back to ASUU by the union’s president for consideration, a marked change from the stasis of the past months. The ball is now back in the court of ASUU.

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It is part of the public record in Nigeria that a team was appointed by the Administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo to look into the accounts of the rested Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), which was established by the military Government led by General Sani Abacha to accelerate the delivery of public goods and improve the general wellbeing of Nigerians. It was chaired by Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).

The investigation team, which was called Interim Management Team, was composed of the these personalities, Dr. Haroun Adamu (Chairman), Alhaji Abdu Abdurrahim, Barrister Achana Gaius Yaro, Arc Edward Eguavoen, Mr. T. Andrew Adegboro and Engr Baba Goni Machina. They did a thorough job of the assignment.

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The purpose of the probe or investigation of PTF, many Nigerians believed, rightly or wrongly, was to find even the tiniest hint of possible breach of public trust by its erthwhile Chairman, Muhammadu Buhari. That possible sign of a possible wrong doing could have been used to dent his good name in the eyes of Nigerians who strongly believed that he was honest, prudent and genuinely committed to deploying national resources entrusted to him for the benefit of all Nigerians.

ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) branches are divided over whether to accept the Federal Government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike.

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The union will harmonise the positions of zones and branches at a meeting in Abuja today.

With some branches insisting that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote.

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The Ahmadu Bello University branch agreed with the government on the N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA).

Lecturers at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Delta State, said negotiations with the Federal Government must be concluded before the strike is called off.

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Ezekiel Agbalagba, chairman of ASUU at the university, said the congress on Wednesday accepted the EAA, but rejected the N25 billion for the revitalisation of the varsities.

According to him, the latest concession by the Federal Government is “an offer”, adding: “Let it land in our purse first.”

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ASUU: We didn’t suspend the Strike

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The news was started by a Twitter handle purportedly run by the association.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has said that the news making the rounds that it has suspended its eight-month-old strike in Universities, is fake and should be disregarded.

Social media was agog with news on Saturday, November 21 that the academic union had suspended its strike action and will resume academic activities across the nation on Monday, November 23.

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A senior member of the association has however come out to debunk the news, stating that the association doesn’t have a Twitter handle.

According to the member, if the union wants to suspend the strike, it will be via a press conference and not via Twitter.

Recall with NoRM that last Friday November 20, the Federal government in its negotiation meeting with the academic union, accepted the demand of the lecturers to be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

The Federal government also agreed to increase the Earned Allowances to university staff from N30 billion to N35b and the Revitalisation Fund from N20b to N25b.


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Just in: ASUU speaks on Strike.

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The union pointed out that its members have not been paid their salaries for 5 to 7 months now and have had to work under a very harsh environment.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, said it has shifted ground from its initial demands in the interests of Nigerian students who have spent over 7 months at home.

ASUU said it has dumped its initial insistence that the government should release one tranche of N220 billion revitalization fund and is now demanding for 50% of one tranche (N110 billion).

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The union said that its latest demand is just for the government to show its commitment to revitalization of the public universities in the country.

This was part of a statement signed by the Lagos Zonal Coordinator of ASUU Prof. Olusoji Sowande and made available to newsmen on Wednesday.

The lecturers accused the government of deliberately attempting to allow the public universities collapse by failing to release the revitalization fund over the years.

“In the interest of our students who have been at home for seven months, our union has shifted ground from the in insistence of a release of one tranche of N220 billion revitalization fund to demand for 50% of one tranche (N110 billion) for government to show its commitment to revitalization of our universities.

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“This is a major reason the government has not been able to return to negotiation with our union in the last two weeks,” the statement read in part.

ASUU appealed to parents and students to understand that its current struggle is patriotic and that their sacrifice for the survival of Nigerian public universities is unparalleled.

ASUU said its members have had to work without adequate facilities/equipment and with ever increasing student population


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Gov’t exempt Lecturers from IPPIS

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ASUU and FG to reconvene next week Friday.

The striking union, ASUU and the federal government executive met on Friday the 20th of November to continue the negotiations for ending the 8 months old strike.

The usual meeting days had been Mondays and Wednesdays, so we expected a change, and we got it.

Finally there’s a head way. The outcome of the closed door meeting held on Friday towards ending the strike is this:

  1. The federal government have finally agreed to exempt university lecturers from the proposed payment system which is the IPPIS. The lecturers are going to be paid their withheld salary arrears from February to June using the old payment platform GIFIMS.

Note that one major bone of factor that has made the strike to linger this long is the fact that ASUU rejected the IPPIS and proposed UTAS.

  1. The revitalisation fund and earned allowance money.

The government has also agreed to increase the money offered to ASUU; the end allowances of university staffs from 30 billion naira to 35 billion naira, for the revitalisation fund, from 20 billion naira to 35 billion naira. FG adds an additional N15 billion to the revitalisation fund.


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Update: Hopes rising as Gov’t begins gradual agreement with ASUU

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These are some of the agreements reached at the resumed meeting between the leadership of ASUU and the federal government team on Friday.

The Federal Government on Friday offered leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities N65 billion for Earned Academic Allowance and revitalisation.

The government also agreed to pay the striking lecturers through the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) until ASUU’s University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) was ready for usage.

At the end of the seven- hour meeting, Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige told reporters that the Accountant-General of the Federation ( AGF) has offered to release N40 billion or in the alternative, N35 billion to be shared by all the registered Trade Unions in the universities after providing necessary evidence of having earned the allowance.

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“The FG reiterated that her offer of N40 billion or 35 billion whichever is accepted by ASUU was for all the universities unions: ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions ,” the Minister said.

Ngige said all vice-chancellors are to submit details of the EAA/EA to the National Universities Commission (NUC) on or before November 30.

Speaking on the issue of withheld salaries, Ngige said the Federal Ministry of Labour and Federal Ministry of Education will review the issue of “no work, no pay” as stipulated in Section 43 of the Trade Disputes Act Cap T8 laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 with a view to getting approval for the withheld salaries to be paid.


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Notice of Resumption, false – ASUU spills

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The chairman, however, said that a meeting between ASUU and the Federal Government on the lingering strike may hold on Friday.

Dr John Edor, the Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Calabar (UniCal) branch, has debunked rumours that the union has called off its eight months old strike.

Edor debunked the rumour in a telephone interview with the NoRM‘s known Media in Calabar on Thursday.

He was reacting to a statement on Twitter purportedly credited to the union, calling off the strike.

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“As I talk to you now, ASUU does not have a Twitter account, so I wonder where that statement came from. As far as I am concerned, it is fake news, ” he said.

The union has been on an indefinite strike since April 4 and has held meetings many times with the Federal Government to resolve the impasse without success.


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ASUU: No Hope! – Lecturers alert parents, students

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ASUU accused President Muhammadu Buhari led government of not showing commitment in resolving the issues.

There is no hope in sight to call off the lingering strike action, the Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, informed parents and students.

ASUU had embarked on strike shortly before the Coronavirus lockdown, demanding the fulfilment of its 1999 agreement with the Federal Government.

The union said it will not end the strike until its demands on the Federal Government’s table are fully met, asking students and their parents to stop hoping that schools will resume soon

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The Zonal Coordinator of the Abuja zone of ASUU, Prof. Theophilus Lagi, made this known in a press conference at the University of Abuja campus, on Tuesday.

“[Our] members are relentlessly determined to continue with the ongoing strike until our demands are met,” the Coordinator said.

“Today, we wish to let Nigerians especially our students and parents know that there is no hope in sight to ending or suspending the ASUU strike that has lingered for several months as Government is yet to show serious commitment towards addressing our core demands”


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Get ready to resume School – ASUU tells Students

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The Union expressed optimism that students would return to universities next week after its meeting with the federal government.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) told students to prepare for resumption next week.

ASUU said this on its official Twitter page as the education body expressed hope of an agreement with the federal government.

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The tweet read: “ All Federal University students should prepare for resumption as we expect a positive outcome from ASUU on Wednesday.”

This is coming after the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Friday, expressed the hope that the agreement with the Union will be concluded next week.

Ngige lamented that ASUU was not considering the challenges their demands would create.


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ASUU: Only IPPIS recognized workers will receive salaries – Buhari reminds.

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President Muhammadu Buhari says only federal workers that have been captured by the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) platform will continue to receive salaries.

Buhari said this when he presented the 2021 budget of N13.08trillion to the joint session of the National Assembly in Abuja on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), currently on industrial action, has vowed never to key into the IPPIS platform, as demanded by the government.

NAN reports that ASUU had since claimed to have developed an alternative salary platform for University workers.

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ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said that the union’s ongoing strike would continue in spite of the government’s decision to reopen schools shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We started our industrial action before the outbreak of coronavirus disease in the country.

“All the issues we raised are yet to be addressed. The government is free to open its schools, just like our members are also entitled to their dues.

“As we speak, our members are being owed between three to six months of salaries. The government’s so-called fund saving platform, the Integrated Personnel, and Payroll Information System is a colossal failure.

“Apart from that, the government is yet to take any step to revitalise the education sector among others,” he said.

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However, Buhari, who insisted that all federal workers must enroll in the IPPIS platform, said the directive was meant to check fraud including payment of salaries to non-existent personnel as well unauthorised allowances.

President Buhari also directed all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that they obtain necessary approvals before embarking on fresh recruitment.

He warned that any breach of the directive would be severely sanctioned.

Buhari said that the Ministry of Education’s capital allocation had been increased by 65 per cent to improve the education of Nigerian children.

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The president revealed that funds had been provided for the provision of scholarships to Nigerian students at home and abroad.

“We have provided funds for the upgrade of security and other infrastructure facilities in our Unity Colleges nationwide.

“To improve access to education, we have made provision for the establishment of five new Federal Science and Technical Colleges.

“We have also provided for the payment of allowances to 5,000 teachers under the Federal Teachers Scheme,’’ he added.


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Ignore ASUU lies, we remitted N200m to Ekiti – EKSU

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The Vice-Chancellor of the Ekiti State University(EKSU), Ado Ekiti, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun, has disclosed that the university has paid a sum of N203, 206,812.62 to the coffers of the State’s Internal Revenue service out of the unremitted tax he inherited from his predecessor, Prof. Samuel Oye Bandele.

Olanipekun faulted the claims by the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) that the current Governing Council, led by Prof.Tale Omole lacked the capacity to turn around the institution and to resolve some of the problems confronting the ivory tower.

ASUU, had last week descended on the management and governing council of the institution, accusing the duo of incompetence in the running of the university among other allegations bordering on fraud.

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Olanipekun, in a statement signed by the Director of Information and Head of Corporate Affairs, Bode Olofinmuagun, on Sunday, clarified that the COVID 19 pandemic has brought a shortfall in the finances of the institution, hence the inability to meet some of its obligations to the staff.

“It is a well-known fact that Professor Samuel Oye Bandele as Vice-Chancellor did not remit these Pay As You Earn (PAYE) deductions to the Internal Revenue Service during his tenure.

“However, the present leadership of the University had paid N203,206,812.62 to the coffers of the Ekiti State Inland Revenue Service since its inception to date”.

Olanipekun insisted that the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council, has demonstrated uncommon dexterity in the payment of N1.368 billion out of the inherited N1.914 cooperative deductions from the immediate past administration.

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“For the records, it should be noted that the current Governing Council which was inaugurated on January 28, 2019, met the sum of N1, 914,867,338.00 as accumulated unpaid cooperative money owed members of staff by the previous administration.

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“Within a year, a sum of N1,368,008,446.74 was paid to offset part of the accumulated debts arising from the unpaid cooperative deductions.

“Again, unlike what it met on the ground prior to its inauguration, this current Council has ensured that staff gross salaries were paid as and when due until the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic which has negatively affected the finances of the university,”.

Olanipekun, who maintained that Governor Kayode Fayemi is committed to making the university a real citadel of learning, said his government had released a sum of over N32 million to facilitate the accreditation of the MBBS programme, which had been neglected for many years.

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“Governor Fayemi also donated a 32-Seater Bus to the College of Medicine to meet part of the requirements for the accreditation of the Medical programme.

“Government released a sum of N50m to facilitate and purchase the necessary equipment for the accreditation of 18 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of the University that were presented to the National Universities Commission in November/December 2019. All the programmes had full accreditation.

“Sadly, the recent inability of the University to meet part of its financial obligations, especially the non-remittance of some salary-related deductions, is not unconnected with the lockdown which has seriously affected the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the University”.

Olanipekun advised ASUU, as partners in progress, to join hands with the current leadership of the university in its drive to find lasting solutions to the financial crisis confronting the university, rather than aggravating it through unnecessary and unprovoked attacks.


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ASUU set to return to ‘Negotiation’ table


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Sunday asked the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the negotiating table with the Federal Government.

Ngige, who disclosed this in a statement signed by his media aide, Emmanuel Nzomiwu, warned that there would be consequences if the union rejected the federal government’s overtures to return to the negotiation table.

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike in February over the federal government’s insistence on the varsity teachers’ enrollment into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and other issues relating to the management of the nation’s universities.

According to the statement, the minister made the call in his hometown in Alor, Anambra, where he donated palliatives worth N15 million to vulnerable households to cushion the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

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He said that the federal government could activate relevant labour laws to deal with the situation.

According to Ngige, the law permits the federal government to approach the National Arbitration Panel (NAP) and even the National Industrial Court (NIC) for redress on the matter.

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He said the ASUU strike was all about the disagreement over IPPIS.

The minister said: “Any other reason given by ASUU is an alibi. I invited ASUU for a zoom meeting in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, but they insisted on meeting me face to face.

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“We have labour laws and hierarchy of arbitration. There is the NAP and NIC. If I am tired, I can refer it there.

“So the better thing is for them to come and negotiate on firsthand basis where we are not bringing an external arbitrator.”

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According to him, ASUU members as employees lacked the right to dictate to the federal government on how to receive wages.

“The important thing is for your salaries and wages to come to you. As a workman, you receive your payment as compensation for services rendered. So, that is on the statute everywhere,” he added.


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COVID-19: Why we are on strike – ASUU


The Academic Staff Union of Universities says it ordered its members, who are lecturers across universities, to embark on strike during the coronavirus pandemic because there would never be a time approved for such an action.

Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the President, Academic Staff Union of Universities, on Tuesday, also launched ASUU COVID-19 intervention in an effort to sensitise the public and check the spread of the dreaded virus at the University of Ibadan.


The intervention materials, produced by the UI branch of ASUU, comprised about 1,000 100ml of hand sanitisers. The programme included sensitisation campaign, via jingles in Pidgin and English languages; posters in three languages and hand gloves.

Ogunyemi, who was represented on the occasion by the coordinator of ASUU, UI zone, Prof. Ade Adejumo, said, “We cannot confront the challenge by bemoaning our fate. What is expected is that we join forces to do what China and other well-organised societies have done to flatten the curve.


“ASUU acknowledges that public information, education and communication are key. To demonstrate our concerns for the welfare and well-being of the Nigerian people, ASUU members nationwide shall be willing to work with medical and paramedical workers as volunteers in their public enlightenment and professional intervention initiatives.

“All branches shall explore areas of strategic collaboration with federal, state and local governments to provide support in terms of information and expert skills drawn from our members across the nation. For us in ASUU, this is not an occasion for blame game or buck passing. However, it calls for sober reflection on what we need to do differently with our health and education.”

Ogunyemi said the coronavirus crisis had exposed the country’s “naked and empty teaching hospitals” which justified its industrial action to demand revitalisation funds for public universities.

He, however, said the union would be willing to serve as volunteers nationwide in the coronavirus crisis to work with the medical and paramedical workers involved in tackling the scourge.


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JUST IN: ASUU commences indefinite strike.


ASUU President, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi says the strike became necessary after the Federal Government ignored issues raised by the association.

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on indefinite strike action.


The announcement was made by the President of Association, Professor Abiodun Ogunyemi in Abuja, on Monday.

He explained that the action became necessary following the Federal Government’s refusal to address issues raised in its 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as well as its objection to joining the Integrated Pay Roll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS)

The industrial action takes effect today, March 23rd.


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ASUU strike continues after meeting with FG fails.


The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, progressed in their negotiations to end the ongoing two weeks warning strike by the lecturers.

However, the strike continues as ASUU said it would have to take the proposals to its members for review and possible approval.

Neither party provided elaborate details of the agreement.

However, the labour minister, Chris Ngige, said the government had tabled a new proposal regarding the agreement on the Integrated Payroll Personal Information System (IPPIS).

The meeting which started 3:30 p.m. ended at about 11:01 pm.

The two-week warning strike which the union declared would elapse on Monday next week.

ASUU declared the strike over the non-payment of salaries of their members who failed to enrol into the federal government’s IPPIS, a payroll software mandated for all public officials.

The government last Thursday also reached an interim agreement with striking university lecturers to integrate the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) into the IPPIS.

The IPPIS is the government’s accountability software that has been made compulsory for all public institutions, mainly for personnel payroll.

ASUU is opposed to the use of IPPIS for lecturers saying it does not consider some of the peculiar operations of universities. The lecturers’ union then developed its own UTAS which it wants the government to adopt for universities.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Ngige said the issues discussed ranged from funding, revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances and salaries shortfalls.

“Issue of IPPIS was also discussed and options and solutions were advanced. Government has a proposal which had been given to ASUU. ASUU will take these issues that are outstanding back to its National Executive Council for them to be on the same page before they get back to the government. We have agreed that a tentative date to get back to the government is before the weekend runs out. We expect ASUU to write government before then to see if there will be a need for a further meeting,” he said.

According to Mr Ngige, they also addressed payment of earned academic allowances to the University of Ilorin.

On the Nigerian University Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO), a certificate was issued last year but operational certificate had not been issued because we do not have a permanent PENCOM board in place, he said.

He said the government has made a proposal on how the NUPEMCO board will be able to fulfil its obligation especially in terms of preparation of annual audit reports.

“Issue of visitation panel to the universities has been on the table since last year. Government side made progress in that approval has been gotten and we are waiting for the gazette of the membership of the visitation panels,” he said.

Also speaking, the ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, said both parties have improved on where they stopped in the previous meeting.

He said the government has made “concrete proposals to our members but as we usually say, “those of us here cannot make a final pronouncement on any of the proposals.”

”We have assured the government team that we will report to our principals and get back. We want to assure Nigerians that we are concerned with going back to our work because that is where we are happiest. We are not happy staying outside the classrooms, laboratories and laboratories. We will do our best to ensure that all concerned have the maximum benefit from this action because it is of national interest. If academics don’t defend the universities, who will defend the academics?”

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In the 19 years since Nigeria returned to civil rule after years of military dictatorship, university teachers in the country have embarked on strike 14 times that saw them stay away from work for about 40 months.

The last strike by the teachers was in November 2018.

ASUU has been locked in a protracted dispute with the Nigerian government over issues of poor funding of public universities. Every time the dispute boiled over to strike by the teachers, negotiations between the two parties always produced agreements.

However, the government’s failure to meet the teachers’ expectations within the context of the agreements have been a primary reason ASUU has been on strike almost every year since 1999


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Update: ASUU, FG meet over Nationwide strike.


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, is currently meeting the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in Abuja over the strike embarked upon by the union.

When the two sides met on Thursday, the meeting was adjourned after the Federal Government proposed the merger of the contentious Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and ASUU salary payment system.


It was agreed that ASUU should present the proposal to Congress before today’s meeting.

Before Tuesday’s meeting went into a closed session, ASUU president, Prof Abiodun Ogunyemi, said it was unfortunate that the government made IPPIS look like the major issue in the union’s demands.

“Another issue to correct is that we never said university bursars are to generate the budget for the instructions. ASUU is here with a report from members,” the ASUU president said.

More details later. .


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Nationwide strike continues for this reason – ASUU.


The ongoing two-week warning strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) continues as the Federal Government gave conditions to integrate the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) being proposed by the Union into the government’s Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, revealed this on Thursday after a four-hour technical session between both parties.


The meeting ended at 7:30pm. However, both the federal government and ASUU teams did not reveal the terms of conditions reached during the meeting.

The two parties are expected to reconvene next Monday or Tuesday after further consultations by both parties.


Meanwhile, ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in his remarks, said the National Executive Committee of the union would review the conditions set for the integration of UTAS into the IPPIS, a decision based on the commitment of the Federal Government.

Daily Trust reports that the Union had on Monday declared a two-week warning strike over non-payment of salaries of lecturers who failed to enrolled in the Federal Government’s Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).


This is coming a day after the government through the Labour minister, Dr Ngige, described the ongoing ASUU warning strike as “illegal.”

It could be recalled that the House of Representatives had also on Wednesday resolved to intervene in the ongoing ASUU strike.

The House also invited Ministers of Education as well as that of Labour and Employment on the issue.


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