Incomplete Salary: ASUU Accuses FG Of Attempt To Turn Lecturers To Casual Workers

A photo combination of ASUU president and Ngige.

 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has slammed the Federal Government over the payment of half salaries to lecturers in October.

In a statement on Tuesday by ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, the union condemned the ‘pro-rata’ payment to its members and accused the government of an attempt to reduce Nigerian scholars to casual workers.

ASUU had on October 14, 2022, called off its eight-month strike after the National Industrial Court ordered the lecturers to resume.

“The action of the Union was a display of manifest trust in the judiciary and other institutions and organs of government to always put national interest above all other considerations. This we believe, as a union of thinkers, intellectuals, and patriots, will not only aid the process of amicable resolution of the crisis, but will also set the tone for smooth industrial relations between Government and Nigerian workers at large,” Osodeke said in the statement.

He, however, said the response of the government, especially its ‘pro-rata’ payment of October salaries of academics, portrayed them as daily paid workers.

“This is not only an aberration but a contravention of all-known rules of engagement in any contract of employment for academics the world over,” the union leader exclaimed.

According to him, ASUU National Executive Committee (NEC) held on Monday deliberated on the development and noted with dismay that “paying academics on pro-rata basis, like casual workers, is unprecedented in the history of university-oriented labour relations and therefore condemned this attempt to reduce Nigerian scholars to casual workers in its entirety”.

FG Defends Half Salary Payment

The Federal Government over the weekend had defended the pro-rata payment to ASUU members in October, saying they cannot be paid for work not done.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, through the ministry’s spokesman, Olajide Oshundun, also dismissed media reports that the government was biased in paying the university teachers.

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“They were paid in pro-rata to the number of days that they worked in October, counting from the day that they suspended their industrial action,” the statement partly read.

“Pro-rata was done because you cannot pay them for work not done. Everybody’s hands are tied,” he said.

‘No Work No Pay Is Legal’

Also, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday, said the green chamber is making arrangements for a N170 billion fund for ASUU in the 2023 budget.

“We are currently working on the 2023 Appropriations Bill, which includes the sum of one hundred and seventy billion naira (N170,000,000,000.00) to provide a level of increment in the welfare package of university lecturers,” the statement read.

“The Bill also includes an additional three hundred billion naira (N300,000,000,000.00) in revitalization funds to improve the infrastructure and operations of federal universities.”

The ‘no work no pay’ policy embarked on by the Federal Government during the period of strike, Gbajabiamila said, is premised on the law.

He said the decision is based on the government’s legitimate interest in preventing moral hazard and discouraging disruptive industrial actions.

“Nonetheless, interventions have been made to explore the possibility of partial payments to the lecturers. We look forward to a favourable consideration by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR who has manifested his desire to what is prudent and necessary to resolve all outstanding issues.

“Implementing meaningful change takes time, especially when appropriations and modifications to systems such as IPPIS are required.

“Therefore, I urge all parties to be patient and grant each other the presumption of goodwill to the extent necessary to achieve our shared objectives. This is not a time for political brinkmanship,” he said.

FG Drags ASUU To Court, Says Talks Have Failed

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

 

 

The Federal Government has dragged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (AUU) to the National Industrial Court over the union’s ongoing strike which is in its seventh month.

In a statement on Sunday, the Head of Press and Public Relations at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Olajide Oshundun, said the Federal Government took the decision after dialogue between it and ASUU failed.

The government wants the National Industrial Court to order ASUU members to resume work, while the issues in dispute are being addressed by the court.

The referral instrument addressed to the Registrar of Industrial Court was dated September 8, 2022, and signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.

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The case is scheduled for mention at 9 am on Monday and the Federal Government is asking the court to determine whether the strike by ASUU is legal or not.

Also, the government wants the court to interpret in its entirety the provisions of Section 18 LFN 2004, especially as it applies to the cessation of the strike once a trade dispute is apprehended by the Minister of Labour and Employment and conciliation is ongoing.

Other requests made by the government to the court are:

“Interpret the provisions of Section 43 of the Trade Dispute Act, Cap T8. LFN 2004, titled “Special Provision with Respect to payment of wages during Strikes and Lock-outs,” specifically dealing with the rights of employees/workers during the period of any strike or lock-out. Can ASUU or any other union that embarked on strike be asking to be paid salaries even with clear provisions of the law?

“Determine whether ASUU members are entitled to emoluments or “strike pay” during their period of strike, which commenced on February 14, 2022, more so in view of our national law as provided in Section 43 of the TDA and the International Labour Principles on the right to strike as well as the decisions of the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association on the Subject.”

“Determine whether ASUU has the right to embark on strike over disputes as is the case in this instance by compelling the Federal Government to employ its own University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) in the payment of the wages of its members as against the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) universally used by the Federal Government in the nation for payment of wages of all her employees in the Federal Government Public Service of which university workers including ASUU members are part of or even where the government via NITDA subjected ASUU and their counterpart UPPPS university payment platform system software to integrity test (vulnerability and stress test) and they failed.”

The Federal Government also wants the court to determine the extent of ASUU’s demand since the 2020 Memorandum of Action (MOA) that the union signed with the government.

The demands include the funding for revitalisation of public universities as per the 2009 agreement, Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) payments, state universities proliferation and constitution of visitation panels and release of a white paper on the report of the visitation panels.

The others are the reconstitution of the government renegotiation team for renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, which was renegotiated in 2013/2014, due for renegotiation in 2018/2019 and the migration of ASUU members from IPPIS to its own UTAS, which is currently on test at NITDA.

Lecturers Responding To ‘War’ Declared By FG – ASUU UNILAG Chair

 

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos chapter, Dele Ashiru, says the Federal Government declared war on ASUU, and lecturers in public varsities are only responding to the unacceptable treatment with the indefinite strike.

Ashiru spoke when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“Government declared war on our union, we are only responding. Six months or seven months down the line, our members are suffering the consequences of a strike caused by the government. If you deploy the weapon of hunger upon people that is a war,” he said on Wednesday.

READ ALSOASUU Extends Six-Month-Old Strike Indefinitely

The Federal Government had on Tuesday summoned a meeting with Vice Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors for September 6, 2022, at the National Universities Commission in Abuja over ASUU’s over six-month strike which started on February 14, 2022.

But the union’s chairman in UNILAG said the proposed meeting is “part of government’s diversionary tactics” and “another jamboree to waste government’s money”.

“The vice-chancellors and pro-chancellors are not in dispute with the government. So, whatever that meeting is going to achieve is yet to be seen.
What government ought to concentrate on doing is to negotiate with our union,” Ashiru said.

On claims that the government has met 80% of the demands of ASUU, Ashiru said, “Not one item (has been met); even the one that requires no money. For example, we desire that a government White Paper on Visitation Panel be released. Up till now, more than two years, (Minister of Education), Adamu Adamu cannot release White Paper.”

ASUU has been on strike over the poor welfare of its members, non-payment of Earned Allowances, and deployment of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) as against its preferred payment option, the University Transparency, and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Ashiru maintained that the Federal Government should suspend IPPIS, claiming it contravenes the universities’ autonomy.

“Nimi Briggs’ Committee recommended an increase in salaries for our members. It is about how the government can fund public universities and also suggested to the government in line with the tripartite agreement that IPPIS be (suspended), because it violates the university autonomy, and then UTAS be deployed,” he added.

On the way forward, Ashiru said, “Government has not demonstrated enough good fate to enable our union to reciprocate and there is also the principle of reciprocity.

“What we think the government should do is to take immediate steps to resolve this crisis, not setting up committees.

The ASUU UNILAG chief was not the only one on the show to talk about the industrial dispute. A former vice-president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Issa Aremu featured in the programe. He said the issue at hand is a “legacy crisis” and there is a need for “a new paradigm shift to handle the labour dispute in the education sector”.

“There have been shutdowns of public universities 16 times since 1999 and it amounts to 62 months, that comes to roughly about five years plus,” he said.

The labour leader added that both parties should note that “industrial dispute is not industrial warfare” and should resolve the crisis through “time-tested collective bargains which have resolute trade disputes”.

But Ashiru faulted him, saying that the government declared war on ASUU and unleashed a weapon of hunger on lecturers who have not been paid for about seven months since the strike started.

Polytechnic Lecturers Declare Warning Strike, Threaten Indefinite Shutdown

A photo combination of the ASUP emblem and the union’s leaders at a press conference in Abuja.

 

Another setback looms in the nation’s education sector as members of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) prepare to embark on a warning strike.

ASUP President, Anderson Ezeibe, made the announcement on Wednesday, two days after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) extended its ongoing strike which began in mid-February by another 12 weeks.

He stated that the polytechnic lecturers would withdraw their services in a two-week industrial action with effect from Monday next week.

Ezeibe explained that the decision was reached at the emergency meeting of the union’s National Executive Council to review the response of the Federal Government to its ultimatum.

He added that ASUP had suspended its initial strike in June 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government which contained a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of them.

READ ALSO: ASUP Threatens To Shut Down All Polytechnics

The ASUP president said while the suspension of the industrial action was for a period of three months, the government refused to address the issues raised.

As a result, he stated, the union issues an ultimatum which expired on May 4, but the situation has remained the same with no concrete effort on the government’s part.

Ezeibe stressed that the warning strike was to appeal to Nigerians to prevail on the government to do the needful within the two weeks so as to avoid an indefinite shut down of the sector.

Read the full statement below:

ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF POLYTECHNICS (ASUP)

11th May 2022

STATUS UPDATE OF THE ASUP/ FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA ENGAGEMENT; AND RESOLUTIONS OF THE EMERGENCY NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) MEETING OF ASUP HELD ON THE 11th OF MAY, 2022

Esteemed members of the press,

Our Union suspended its industrial action declared on the 6th of April 2021 on the 10th of June 2021 following the signing of a Memorandum of Action (MoA) with the government. The signed MoA contained a clear path to a sustainable resolution of the issues in dispute with timelines attached to each of the items in dispute.

The suspension of the industrial action was for a period of three months to enable the government conclude processes already initiated in the direction of fulfilment of the items in the MoA which are process-led.

Nine months after the suspension of the industrial action and six months after the expiration of the three-month period of suspension, our Union’s NEC met in its 102nd meeting in Federal Polytechnic Mubi and after reviewing the report of the implementation of the MoA, resolved to issue a 1-month ultimatum to the government effective 4th April 2022 to address the outstanding items in the MoA and other emergent issues or face the reality of another trade dispute with our Union.

Our Union’s ultimatum expired on the 4th of May, 2022 and as is the norm, the Union’s NEC reconvened today, 11th of May, 2022 to review the response of the government to the ultimatum, particularly as it affects relevant agencies/functionaries of government.

Within the period of the ultimatum, the Union met with the National Board for Technical Education to review the grievances with a view to resolution. Another meeting fixed at the instance of the Honorable Minister of Education (after the expiration of the ultimatum) failed to meet basic requirements for collective bargaining. Our Union stayed away from the meeting as it was not structured to address the issues in dispute. The Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment only acknowledged receipt of the union’s ultimatum and made no attempts at conciliation.

Spirited efforts were also made by the Chairman of Chairmen of Governing Councils of Polytechnics in Nigeria and some members of the National Assembly in the direction of a resolution.

The status of the items in dispute as of today is captured below:

1   Non-release of the approved revitalization fund for the sector: Approved N15bn yet to be released 11 months after approval by the President.

2   Non-release of arrears of the new minimum wage: The owed 10 months arrears for the Polytechnics is yet to be released. The composite amount covering all Federal Tertiary Institutions to the approximate figure of N19Bn currently exists as an AIE in the Accountant Generals Office.

3  Non-release of the reviewed normative instruments for institution/management and programs accreditation: The document is currently awaiting approval from the Management of NBTE. This document is expected to provide a framework to address non-payment of salaries in state-owned institutions, non-compliance with approved retirement age, non-deployment of approved salary structures, poor governance structure as well as other issues affecting standards, particularly in state-owned Polytechnics. As a consequence, our members in Abia, Ogun, Edo, Benue, Bayelsa, Bauchi, Plateau, and Osun states are owed salaries while they also continue to suffer from different levels of deprivation including non-release of promotions and non-deployment of appropriate retirement age. Such deprivations are also evident in Adamawa, Niger, Sokoto, and Delta States where the government has resolved to disrupt the hitherto timely payment of salaries with a subvention-styled funding regime.

4    Sustained infractions in implementation of the provisions of the Federal Polytechnics Act as amended in 2019: This issue is currently typified by the arbitrary removal of deputy rectors in Auchi Polytechnic, and the existence of multiple templates for the appointment of principal officers with provisions at variance with the provisions of the Act.

5     Delay in the appointment of rectors: The appointment process in Kaduna Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Federal Polytechnic Offa, and Federal Polytechnic Ekowe continues to linger.

6   Non Release of Arrears of CONTISS 15 Migration for the Lower Cadre: This issue remains at the committee level and even in chapters like NILEST, Zaria implementation is yet to commence.

7 Non-release of the scheme of service for Polytechnics: Since 2017, the sector has been struggling with a review process for the scheme of service and conditions of service in use in the sector.

8   Continued Victimisation of Union Officers: Our officials in IMT Enugu and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo still remain out of job.

9   Continued Arm twisting of Members in Colleges of Agriculture By the ARCN: This has continued as our members in these institutions continue to experience intimidation.

Following exhaustive deliberations, on the update as outlined above, the emergency meeting of the Union’s National Executive Council has resolved that members should withdraw their services in a 2 weeks industrial action with effect from Monday, 16th of May 2022.

We are deploying this medium to equally appeal to members of the public to prevail on the government to do the needful within the 2 weeks period so as to avoid an indefinite shut down of the sector.

Thank you.

Anderson U. Ezeibe

(President)

OAU Lecturers Commence Indefinite Strike Over Unpaid Allowances

OAU Sacks Professor Involved In Sex-For-Marks Scandal
A file photo of the entrance gate of OAU campus in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

 

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) have commenced an indefinite strike.

The striking lecturers declared the industrial action said to be total and comprehensive over the non-disbursement of Earned Academic Allowance to (EAA) their colleagues.

The ASUU Chairman at OAU branch, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, announced the commencement of the strike in a statement on Monday.

According to him, this formed part of the resolutions reached at an emergency congress to update members on the EAA disbursement held in lle-Ife, Osun State.

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Egbedokun, during the meeting, briefed the lecturers on the series of engagements the executive has had with some senior members of the university community, as well as his conversation with the school’s vice-chancellor.

Thereafter, the lecturers affirmed that the university had no serious commitment to effecting the payment of EAA to deserving members, adding that all political and diplomatic means to resolve the issue had failed.

As part of their resolutions, the lecturers also agreed that the strike must not be called off without a congress resolution to the effect.

For them, the payment of EAA must be based on ASUU computation and anything short of that would be unacceptable while a strike coordinating committee should be set up to monitor compliance.

Read the statement by the ASUU chairman below:

ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU) OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY BRANCH, lle-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

RESOLUTIONS OF THE EMERGENCY CONGRESS HELD ON MONDAY, 31st JANUARY, 2022 AT 10.00AM.

Congress was called to order at about 10.16 am. Items on the agenda were adopted as follows:

(i) Update on EAA Disbursement.

Chairman briefed congress on the series of engagements the executive has had with some senior members of the University community.

He also reported his phone conversation with the Vice-Chancellor. Congress noted that there was no serious commitment on the part of the University to effect payment of EAA to deserving members.

Congress also noted that all political and diplomatic means to resolve the imbroglio has failed.

Consequently, congress resolved that:

i. Total, comprehensive, and indefinite strike should commence immediately.

ii. The strike must not be called off without a congress resolution to the effect.

iii. Payment of EAA must be based on ASUU computation. Anything short of this would be unacceptable.

iv. The Strike Coordinating Committee be set up to monitor the strike.

Based on the above and on the strength of the permission granted by ASUU National President, the Chairman, on behalf of the congress declared the commencement of ASUU OAU’s strike at exactly 11:53 am.

Adjournment: Congress rose at about 12 noon.

31/01/2022

Adeola Egbedokun Ph.D

Chairperson

IPPIS: Some Lecturers Got Excess Salaries, Had To Refund – Minister

 

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said some lecturers got excess salaries and had to refund it back to the government.

He disclosed this on Tuesday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today amid the controversy trailing the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), a policy that has been faulted by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

“I think it is a lie to say the government has not paid them in eight months. It will be unfair to the government and wouldn’t be necessary to bring that kind of argument because some people may have different levels,” he said.

“Some people even got salaries that were not adequate. Some people over got and had to refund. There were so many issues with it.”

When asked when the university lecturers would call off their strike and return back to their classrooms, the minister never gave a specific date.

He rather said there is no circumstance preventing the lecturers from returning back to their duty posts.

“The lecturers can be back in the classroom tomorrow if they say they want to go back. There is nothing withholding the lecturers from into the classroom tomorrow.

“Everything that the government needs to do is done. If you want your salaries, get on the platform and collect your salaries,” he added.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on November 3, 2020.

 

ASUU had on March 23 declared an indefinite strike over some unresolved issues with the Federal Government, notably the non-compliance of the 2009 agreement.

ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi who made the announcement said that the action became necessary following the Federal Government’s refusal to address issues raised in its 2019 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as well as its objection to joining the Integrated Pay Roll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Also, during his interview with Channels Television on October 29, Ogunyemi insisted that there is no going back on the union’s position on the IPPIS, stressing that it was wrong to use the payment platform for university lecturers.

He blamed this for the alleged irregularities in the payment of salaries and allowances of lecturers, stressing that some academics received very poor remuneration in some cases.

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.

Lecturers’ Abduction: Kaduna Poly Rector Seeks Joint Action Against Kidnappers

Umar Chinoko                                                                                                                        Adamu Chinoko

 

 

The Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris Bugaje, has called for a joint action to tackle the rate of kidnapping in the state.

Professor Bugaje made the call in a statement by his special adviser on media, Bala Aliyu, following the abduction and subsequent release of two lecturers in the state.

The two lecturers, Dr Umar Chinoko and  Adamu Chinoko, both brothers from Kebbi state, regained their freedom on Sunday, six days after they were abducted in the Mahuta area of Kaduna metropolis.

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Professor Bugaje stressed the need for synergy and inter-agency cooperation among institutions, security agencies, and the public in the fight against criminality.

He also appealed to the security agencies to redouble their efforts to rid the society of all forms of criminal elements.

The rector commended the security agencies in the state for their roles in ensuring the release of two abducted lecturers of Kaduna Polytechnic and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

He acknowledged the pressure of security operatives against the kidnappers that eventually led to the release of the lecturers.

Professor Bugaje also commended the state government and the Federal Government for putting mechanisms in place to check the menace of kidnapping and banditry in Kaduna and other parts of the country.

Federal Poly Lecturers In Niger Embark On Strike

A file photo of the front gate of Federal Polytechnic, Bida in Niger State. Photo: www.fedpolybida.edu.ng

 

 

Lecturers at the Federal Polytechnic Bida on Monday embark on an indefinite strike over allegations of lingering salary shortfall, non-payment of allowances, and secret recruitment of over 141 new staff, among others.

This was made known in an open letter addressed to the Accountant General of the Federation signed by Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) at the polytechnic, Dr Umar Saganuwan.

The lecturers described the alleged recruitment of new staff as unjustifiable, especially when the existing ones have not been paid full salaries and other allowances since July 2019.

READ ALSO: Kaduna Poly Rector Seeks Joint Action Against Kidnappers

They also said the recruitment was fraudulent and does not serve the needs of the various departments of the institution.

 

What Are They Hiding?

The letter read,

Sir, it may interest you to know that apart from other allowances unjustifiably owed staff of this institution for several months and as if this is not enough, the staff have also not enjoyed payment of their full salaries since July 2019, due to management claims of the shortfall in the monthly allocation to the institution.

Coincidentally, while we are still grappling to come to terms with the reality of the  pains inflicted on us by the twin issue of the shortfall of personnel emoluments and non-payment of our allowances, we were greeted by the rude shock of secret and fraudulent recruitment (replacement) of over 141 staff by the management and which does not serve the needs of the various departments.

The questions we are asking are; what is the justification of the massive recruitment when the same institution cannot pay its existing workforce? Why was the appointment secretly done against all known procedures and rules for such exercise?

Why were the appointment letters of the newly recruited staff backdated to 7th December 2018 while they were documented in October 2019 and they are to assume duties in January 2020. What are they hiding?

 

The union, however, urged the Federal government to set up a committee to investigate the alleged shortfall in personnel emoluments which has led to cut down in staff salaries.

In its response, the management of the polytechnic wrote to the Accountant General of the Federation to counter the allegations of the lecturers.

It explained that the recruitment was transparently conducted, starting from obtaining the governing council’s permission to the issuance of a certificate of compliance by the Federal Character Commission.

The management stated that the letter by the union contained falsehood, adding that it has issued queries signed by the Deputy Registrar, Hussaini Muhammad Enagi, to the executive members of ASUP in the polytechnic.

It, however, queried the ASUP Chairman for flaunting the internal grievance procedure by writing a direct letter to the Accountant General of the Federation.

The query read,

Your action depicts that you have not changed your attitude despite the intervention of the Executive Secretary of NBTE at the Abuja Peace Accord meeting where attention was drawn to respect the internal grievance procedure which you jettisoned by directly writing the Accountant General of the Federation without first reporting to the council.

The above actions contravene Section 4 Sub-section F of the Public Service Rule Chapter 16.2 and 16.5 of the Polytechnic Staff manual.

You are given 24 hours to substantiate with facts why disciplinary action should not be taken against you.

 

Meanwhile, the union has declared that its members would not go back to lecture rooms until the query was withdrawn and all issues raised in the open letter were addressed.

#SexForGrades: UNILAG Suspends Another Lecturer

 

Another lecturer in the University of Lagos, Dr. Samuel Oladipo, has been suspended.

Oladipo who worked in the department of economics was captured in the investigative documentary filmed by the BBC, making sexual advances to the reporter who had disguised as a 17-year-old student seeking admission.

His actions according to the university contravene the policy of the institution which requires lecturers to provide parental care for students.

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He is, therefore, expected to face a panel set up by the university to investigate his alleged involvement in the sex-for-grade saga.

Meanwhile, the institution has called on members of staff and students that have relevant information concerning the incidents to come forward.

Oladipo’s suspension comes just days after Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu was suspended over similar allegations.

He was also suspended from the foursquare church where he is a part-time pastor.

Lecturers At Ilesa College Of Education Commence Indefinite Strike

 

Academic activity was brought to a halt on Thursday at the Osun State College of Education in Ilesa, as lecturers commenced an indefinite strike.

The leadership of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Ilesa branch, gave the directive following the alleged failure of the state government to fulfil all its agreements with the lecturers.

Defying the rain, the lecturers took to the streets carrying placards with various inscriptions around the campus, chanting solidarity songs.

After the peaceful walk, COEASU Chairman in Ilesa, Olusegun Lana, told journalists that the government had failed to stop the payment of modulated salary to workers as promised, a move he claimed had left untold hardship on the workers.

They also demanded the payment of half salary arrears and deductions which they claimed totalled about 36 months, as well as the reinstatement of about 42 staff dismissed in 2016, among other demands.

In response, the state government speaking through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, noted that it is yet stabilise financially hence the delay in putting an end to modulated salary.

He, however, assured the lecturers that the government remains committed to the welfare of all its workers.

ASUU Strike: FG, Lecturers Meet Over Industrial Action

ASUU, JAMB Act, amendmentThe Federal Government will today be meeting with lectures in Abuja, this is in a bid to resolve the ongoing industrial action by the Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The meeting was called by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, following the failure of ASUU to get back to the Federal Government after both parties met on August 17, 2017.

Others expected at today’s meeting include the Ministers of Education and Finance, Mallam Adamu Adamu and Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, the Chairman, National Income Salaries, and Wages Commission, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission and the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Ayuba Wabba.

The Union declared an indefinite strike two weeks ago, citing the failure of the government to implement agreements reached with the union in 2009.

The National President of the union, Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this at a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU in Abuja.

He said during the strike, there shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of the union’s branches across the country.

Dr. Ogunyemi declared a ‘total, comprehensive and indefinite’ nationwide strike after a nationwide consultation with members at an emergency NEC meeting held on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

He explained in a statement issued after Saturday’s meeting that their decision followed the failure of the government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement and the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The ASUU president added that related demands made by the union were yet to be addressed, which was why they resolved to embark on an indefinite strike from Sunday, August 13, 2017.

Some of the key outstanding issues discussed at the meeting were the payment of fractions/ non-payment of salaries; non-payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA); non-release of operational license of NUPEMCO and the non-implementation of the provisions of the 2014 Pension Reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries.

Others include the removal of Universal Staff Schools from funding by government; funds for the revitalisation of Public Universities (Implementation of Needs Assessment Report), as well as the poor funding of existing State Universities and proliferation of universities by their visitors among other issues.

The union had embarked on a six-month strike between July and December 2013, but the strike was suspended when the government signed a MoU with the lecturers following a meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan.

ASUU, however, claimed that of all the items contained in the MoU, only the N200b out of a total of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalisation (Needs Assesment) fund was released.

The union had also embarked on a warning strike in November 2016 to press for the implementation of the 2013 MoU.

However, the government did not implement the understanding reached with the union based on an intervention by the Senate.