ASUU To FG: Make Food, Electricity Available As You Lockdown

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A file photo of ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.

 

The President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Professor Biodun Ogunyemi has advised Federal and State governments to back their lockdown order with the provision of existential needs for residents.

ASUU warned that unless everyday needs of the people are made available, the emerging lockdown of the country may not achieve its desired result of social distancing.

Ogunyemi in a statement issued on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, said there must be reasonable supply of electricity, water and food.

He warned that unless the needs of people are made available, the federal and state government may face rebellion from people which will be counter productive.

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“Access to electricity and running water and an unbroken chain of food supply and availability of other essential items should be key components of the policy called lockdown.

“Unless the people’s survival needs are factored into the equation, governments at the national and sub-national levels may be courting an uncontrollable regime of rebellion which may be counterproductive to the cause of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria,” he said.

The ASUU President said the lesson to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic is that issues of health and safety know no territorial boundaries and political leaders everywhere had better worked with everyone to make the world safe for all.

“ASUU subscribes to this winning formula and path to collective health. In this our shared globe, no one is safe epidemiologically, socially or physically until everyone is safe.

“We can conquer the fear emerging from the manifestation of this global pandemic in our little corners. We can contribute to the global movement for prevention and control of its spread by applying the health guides and information from the World Health Organisation and other professional institutions and agencies,” Ogunyemi added.

He also revealed that ASUU is contributing their quota by distributing sanitisers, and other sensitisation material to check the spread of COVID-19 at various locations including the University of Ibadan and University of Jos and according to him, other chapters of the institution body will also join in the sensitisation.

ASUU Begins Two-Week Warning Strike

Why We Suspended Nationwide Strike – ASUU
A file photo of ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.

 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has started a two-week warning strike over issues relating to the 2009-2019 memorandum of understanding/action with the Federal Government.

According to ASUU, the warning strike which commenced on Monday is to get FG to implement all outstanding issues.

The President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, who briefed journalists after the National Executive Committee meeting in Enugu on Monday, revealed that the issues include: the alleged imposition of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), Poor funding and proliferation of State universities.

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He added that the re-negotiation of the 2009 ASUU/FGN agreement, non-remittance of third party deduction of salaries of members and non-payment of February 2020 salaries amongst others., also dominated issues raised at the NEC meeting.

The ASUU president also called on the Federal Government to rejig the security architecture to address daunting challenges in the country, infrastructural decay inadequate power supply amongst other issues.

New Legislation To Prohibit Sexual Harassment Will Stigmatise Lecturers – ASUU

Why We Suspended Nationwide Strike – ASUU
A file photo of ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.

 

 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has faulted the proposed legislation to prohibit sexual harassment in tertiary institutions across the country.

ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, stated this when he appeared before some lawmakers on Monday in Abuja.

He spoke at the public hearing organised by the Senate on a bill to prohibit sexual harassment in tertiary institutions.

The union president believes the new legislation will stigmatise lecturers, stressing that it is not necessary.

According to him, there are existing laws to address the problem of sexual harassment in various academic institutions.

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Professor Ogunyemi, however, asked the lawmakers to focus their attention on other problems in universities that needed immediate attention.

This photo taken on February 17, 2020, in Abuja shows a scene at the public hearing on a bill to prohibit sexual harassment in tertiary institutions.

 

 

The public hearing was attended by a wide range of stakeholders comprising students, as well as members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and pressure groups.

Some of them disagreed with the position of the ASUU national president and described the bill as long overdue.

They also called on the Senate to expand the scope of the bill to include students in primary and secondary schools.

They argued that in primary and secondary school students also face sexual harassment from their teachers.

 

Sexual Predators

The legislation, tagged Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill, is sponsored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.

This followed an investigation by BBC which uncovered sexual misconduct by some university lecturers in Nigeria and Ghana.

Presenting the bill to his colleagues during a plenary in the Senate, Omo-Agege had said, “Sexual harassment in our campuses is a repugnant challenge to our values as a people.

“For far too long, sexual predators masquerading as educators have plied the corridors of our nation’s higher institutions unchecked. It will continue in the absence of an appropriate leadership response.”

If the bill becomes a law it would be illegal for lecturers to make any sexual advances towards students.

ASUU: FG Commences Meeting With Striking Lecturers

 

 

The Federal Government has commenced the meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the lingering strike.

Chris Ngige, the minister of Labour and Employment,  is in attendance along with the striking lecturers.

The Minister says he is worried over the delay in suspending the strike after the last meeting where some funds were released by the Federal Government to pay salaries shortfalls.

But the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi said that they want the Federal government to get it right this time around, especially issues revolving around University revitalization in order to ensure that graduates from Nigeria Universities can be proud of their certificates.

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ASUU began the nationwide strike in November after a meeting of its national leadership at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The industrial action was to protest the poor funding of Nigerian Universities and the alleged plot to increase students’ fees in some institutions.

Among other issues raised by the union include the introduction of an education bank and the non-implementation of previous agreements.

The meeting is now in a technical session.

FG’s Proposal Of Releasing N20bn Goes Against Our Agreement – ASUU

ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi

 

The President of the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, says the Federal Government’s proposal of releasing N20 billion, falls short of its agreement to release N220 billion yearly since 2013.

Ogunyemi stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Hardcopy on Friday.

He described the development as too late, as well as too little.

He said, “In 2017, the issue of 20 billion Naira came up when the Federal Government said it had not abandoned the Memorandum of Understanding of 2013 where it was stipulated that government will release N1.3 trillion over a period of six years.

“And annually since then, what government ought to have done was to release N220 billion each year. So when we asked for that, the government said that to prove that we have not abandoned that MoU, We will release N20bn as a mark of commitment and that was to be done between September and October last year. So, if we are discussing it in November 2018, it is coming too late.”

The ASUU leader also reiterated the stance of the union that it would not return to the negotiating table with the current head of the Federal Government’s re-negotiating team, Mr Wale Babalakin.

According to him, this remains one of the conditions for renegotiating the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding which it signed with the Federal Government.