ASUU CANCELS MEETING ONCE MORE

Strike: FG, ASUU Meeting postponed once more

A gathering between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities was cancelled by the Ministry of Labour and Employment, on Monday.

This was the second time in two weeks that the scheduled assembly was postponed by the federal government.

The spokesman, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, didn’t give causes for the event.

It was, nonetheless, gathered that ASUU was nonetheless consulting with its organs on the newest provide by the federal government.

“So, consultations are going on. Thank you,” Ogunyemi stated at a media briefing.

We by no means truly agreed on any assembly. What we stated was due consultations, and consultations are occurring on the two ranges. We consider the federal government’s facet can be consulting. That’s why the meeting has not held.

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ASUU has been on strike since March this 12 months to drive dwelling its calls for.

In a press release final Tuesdayn in Abuja, Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige stated the federal government had raised its provide to the striking lecturers to N70 billion.

He stated the federal government was prepared to pay N40 billion for Earned Allowances, which might be shared amongst three university-based unions and N30 billion for revitalisation.

Ngige added that the funds had been able to be disbursed, pending when the union would comply with name of the over eight-month strike.

The Federal Government additionally accepted ASUU’s demand that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending the approval of their proposed fee system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

It additionally reconstituted a committee to renegotiate the 2009 settlement between the Federal Government and universities-based unions, as demanded by ASUU.

The committee is headed by Prof. Munzali Jibril, the Pro-Chancellor of the Federal University Lafia in Nasarawa State and Chairman of the Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Federal Universities.

The authorities has additionally arrange visitation panels which can be inaugurated when varsities reopen.

Also, Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Dr. Christian Opata, has stated the union’s rejection of the IPPIS has nothing to do with its present strike.

Opata spoke on Monday whereas addressing reporters on the protracted nationwide motion.

He stated the media briefing was to right the “misinformation” in a nationwide day by day, the place it was alleged that the union launched into its motion due to IPPIS.

According to him, ASUU went on strike as a result of the Federal Government didn’t honour the 2009 settlement and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it entered with the union.

“ASUU didn’t go on strike due to a misunderstanding with authorities on IPPIS as platform for fee of wage.

“IPPIS situation began in 2018, earlier than then, ASUU has been calling on authorities to honour the 2009 settlement and varied MoUs it entered with authorities.

“In the 2009 agreement and MoUs, government agreed, among other things, to release money to revitalise the decaying infrastructure in public universities and set up visitation panels to know the condition of the universities,” Opata stated.

The union chief stated it was mischievous for anyone to accuse ASUU of insensitivity over the plight of scholars and fogeys when authorities reneged on its 2009 settlement and MoUs.

SOURCE: PUNCHNG

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