Following the labor dispute between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), lectures at Nnamdi Azikwe University Awka, Anambra State, have declared a total strike.
They also rejected the federal government’s award of salary to university teachers and described as insulting the award of a 35 percent raise for professors at the bar and 25 percent for other academic levels on a take-it or leave-it basis.
Nigerian Tribune Reports ASUU Has Been On Warning Strike Over The Renegotiation Of The 2009 FG-ASUU Agreement Since Federal 14; adoption of UTAS as a replacement for IPPIS as payment platform, in addition to several issues.
In a statement on Thursday, ASUU comrade Stephen Ufoaroh of the president of Nnamdi Azikwe University stated at a congressional meeting on Tuesday that the university’s faculty members decided to continue with an indefinite strike until all the issues at stake are resolved. have been satisfactorily resolved.
The teachers’ statement read in part: “The ASUU-NAU Congress, held on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, passed a vote of full confidence and reaffirmed support for the union’s national, zonal and industry leaders in their management of the struggle for to save the soul of public universities in Nigeria, where more than 95 percent of Nigerian students study, and to be a voice for the voiceless citizens of Nigeria.
“The Congress appealed to parents, students and all citizens of Nigeria to stand in solidarity in this struggle to provide quality education to every Nigerian youth.
“Congress noted with dismay that the continued confusion over the current dragging union action, caused by intransigence and lack of commitment from the government (both federal and state) to ASUU’s sincere demands.
“Congress condemned various intrigues and lies to defame the reputation and sincere demands of ASUU by the federal government, including various propaganda means, smear campaigns, lies and misinformation. Congress categorically debunked the government’s various claims as lies.
“On the government’s negligence and rejection of the reports of the various government negotiating committees (the committee of Professor Jibril Munzali of May 2021 and the committee of Professor Nimi Brigg just closed, the ASUU-NAU Congress considered the attitude of the federal government as irresponsible, reprehensible and symptomatic of a divided and confused home.
The statement further stated that the “Congress noted that the award of salary negates the principle of collective bargaining and is an affront to the sensitivities of the best intelligentsia of the nation’s human capital development.
“Congress noted that the education of Nigerians is not a government priority; that the strike could have been avoided if the government had made education a priority.
“We would categorically state that at no point was there any discussion with the minister about the salary arrears, as no agreement was reached on the important matters that necessitated the strike. This statement by the minister is distracting, irresponsible and reprehensible.
“Congress noted that none of ASUU’s sincere demands have received due attention from the FGN.
“These are: renegotiation of the 2009 FG-ASUU Agreement; Adoption of UTAS (which came first in government test) as a replacement for IPPIS as a payment platform; Arrears of payment for scientific personnel; Payment of Earned Scholarships (EAA); revitalization funds for the universities; Publication of White Paper on Visitation Panels that completed their assignment last year; and non-proliferation of state universities.”
“The much the Buhari-led government has done has been a promise of implementation of ASUU’s demand by 2023, when he may have to leave office, shifting his responsibility to the next government. Congress regarded the government’s promissory note as a waiver of responsibility.”
The statement added that “against the backdrop of the government’s intransigence and lack of commitment to reach an agreement with the ASUU on the controversial issues, ASUU-NAU, after more than six months of industrial action, has finally decided on a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike in the future, until all issues at stake are satisfactorily resolved between the union and the federal government.”
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