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Colleges boil again as FG, ASUU meet, workers protest Tuesday

The Tutorial Employees Union of Universities has introduced that it’s going to meet with the federal authorities on July 25, 2024, to debate the unmet calls for.

This was when non-academic college workers introduced on Sunday that they might maintain a one-day protest on campuses on Tuesday over their withheld four-month salaries. The one-day protest was stated to be a precursor to a nationwide protest deliberate for July 18.

The Nationwide Chairman of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, made this identified in a phone interview with our correspondent on Sunday.

Osodeke stated July 25 was the implementation date within the timeline agreed with the federal authorities.

For a number of weeks now, ASUU branches have been protesting on numerous campuses throughout the nation.

The protesting teachers, who had joined the scholars, threatened new strikes if the federal government didn’t maintain its guarantees.

The union additionally revealed an open letter to President Bola Tinubu demanding full implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Federal Authorities since 2009.

Osodeke careworn that the protests had yielded optimistic outcomes. In response to him, they led to the federal authorities summoning the union for a gathering and setting a timetable to fulfil a variety of guarantees.

He stated: “We’ve met with the Minister of Schooling and agreed on a timeline. They’ve made guarantees to us and we wish to see if it will occur. We are going to meet in two weeks, on July 25, to see if they’ve executed what they promised.

“The protest prompted them to name us for a gathering, they needed to maintain their promise.”

The letter, which was revealed in a newspaper on June 20, 2024, said that Nigerian teachers have been pressured to embark on a nationwide strike on February 14, 2022, whereas all pleas to the federal government to resolve the conflicting points fell on deaf ears.

Osodeke stated the ten points and different rising points represent the conclusion of the renegotiation of the FGN/ASUU settlement primarily based on the draft 2021 settlement of the Nimi Briggs Fee.

He stated the settlement lined the discharge of three and a half months of withheld salaries as a result of 2022 strike; launch of unpaid salaries of workers on sabbatical go away, part-time and deputy appointments as a result of implementation of the Built-in Payroll and Personnel Info System; launch of excellent withholdings from third events resembling dues and cooperative contributions; funding for the revitalization of public universities (partly included within the 2023 Federal Authorities price range).

Different points underneath dialogue embody the Earned Tutorial Allowances (partly enshrined within the 2023 Federal Authorities price range); the proliferation of universities by the federal and state governments; the implementation of visitation panel reviews to universities; the unlawful dissolution of governing councils; and the College Transparency and Accountability Options (as an alternative of IPPIS).

Osodeke stated: “Your Excellency is requested to set in movement the required equipment to convey collectively ASUU and key stakeholders (ministries, departments and companies) to handle the excellent points in FGN/ASUU involvement since 2009. This can spare our college system the agony of one other spherical of business motion and its disruptive potential. The President’s promise of clean educational calendars in universities on the inception of this administration is, we imagine, achievable if the federal government sincerely sits down to handle the problems as said right here.”

SSANU and NASU protest on Tuesday

In the meantime, unions representing non-academic workers on the college introduced on Sunday that they’ll stage a nationwide protest towards their withheld four-month salaries beginning Thursday, July 18, 2024.

However earlier than that, all branches of the non-academic unions, underneath the auspices of the Joint Motion Committee, would protest at every of their branches on Tuesday.

The employees, who’re underneath the auspices of the Senior Employees Affiliation of Nigerian Universities and the Non-Tutorial Employees Union of Instructional and Related Establishments, stated their assembly with the federal government officers had failed.

The 2 unions working underneath the auspices of the Joint Motion Committee made this identified in a round collectively signed by NASU Secretary Normal, Peters Adeyemi, and SSANU Chairman, Mohammed Ibrahim. The round was obtained by The RexGists on Sunday.

The round instructed all branches of the 2 unions to carry a compulsory normal assembly at present (July 8, 2024) to sensitize members concerning the authorities’s insensitivity to their scenario.

The unions stated the measures have been essential as a result of the federal authorities had did not pay its members 4 months’ wages, regardless of a number of scheduled conferences with the Schooling Minister and his Labor colleague.

“The Nationwide Physique of the Joint Motion Committee of NASU and SSANU met on Thursday, July 4, 2024 to assessment and take a place on the present scenario concerning the withheld 4 months salaries and different grievances of our members within the College and Inter-College Centres.

“Equally, the Nationwide JAC, upon invitation, met with the Honourable Minister of Schooling; the Honourable Minister of State for Schooling; the Everlasting Secretary of the Ministry of Schooling; different prime officers of the Ministry and the Nationwide Universities Fee.

“Sadly, after the engagement, the Minister of Schooling has not made any convincing dedication to pay our withheld salaries and resolve different pending grievances of the JAC of the 2 unions.

“Additionally it is discouraging that the JAC was additionally current on the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, and as typical, the Minister of State was not current to obtain us, as we have been knowledgeable that she had an pressing name from the Villa.

“The Everlasting Secretary, who changed her, couldn’t make any commitments on the problems raised. In view of this disappointment and the failure of the federal government to handle the grievances of NASU and SSANU, JAC selected a sequence of business actions, together with the next:

“All NASU and SSANU branches ought to mandatorily maintain a normal assembly on Monday, July 8, 2024 to sensitize members concerning the authorities’s insensitivity to our plight.

“A one-day protest ought to happen on Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at every department concurrently. Every department ought to be certain that all members absolutely take part within the protest and that the press or media are adequately mobilized.

“A nationwide protest, which is able to happen in Abuja on Thursday, July 18, 2024, after which the JAC will meet to announce a date for the graduation of the strike. Additional info shall be communicated as acceptable,” the round learn.

The Nigerian authorities has withheld the salaries of each educational and non-academic workers at Nigerian universities over their participation in a strike that shut down universities for eight months in 2022.

In October, President Bola Tinubu ordered the fee of 4 of the eight months of withheld salaries for tutorial workers, leaving out non-teaching workers.

This improvement led to a brand new rift between the non-academic workers union and the federal government.

For the reason that announcement, each SSANU and NASU have opposed the ‘selective funds’ and requested to be included.

Solely educational workers acquired the 4 months of salaries paid in February.

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