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Government gets three weeks to meet ASUU demands

By Kanayo Umeh, Abuja
16 November 2021   |   3:02 am
For failing to implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed by both parties, leading to suspension of the last industrial action, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige

For failing to implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed by both parties, leading to suspension of the last industrial action, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), yesterday, gave the Federal Government three weeks to meet its demands.

The National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, who communicated the resolution of the union after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which was held at the University of Abuja between the 13th and 14th of this month in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), urged Nigerians to blame the government if it fails to address the demands of the lecturers within the deadline.

ASUU regretted that in spite of its meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on October 14 this year over disturbing issues revolving around revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement and inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) payments, attention was yet to be given them.

Osodeke said: “ASUU is fully committed to upholding academic integrity in our universities and working to make them more globally competitive. We are equally committed to promoting industrial harmony in the Nigerian university system for as long as all stakeholders are willing and committed to playing their parts.

“We call on all vice-chancellors, as the main drivers of the system, to join us in this mission to safeguard the waning image of our universities. They have no business trading honorary degrees and academic positions for personal and immediate gains, thereby smearing the collective integrity of committed scholars and other patriots, who are working day and night to uplift the system that produced them.”

He continued: “Our union shall not shy away from taking the fight to administrators of Nigerian universities, as well as internal and external agents hell-bent on compromising the standards ASUU has consistently laboured to protect and improve.

“Finally, we call on all patriotic Nigerians and lovers of Nigeria to prevail on the federal and state governments to act fast to prevent another round of industrial crisis in the nation’s public universities.”