Ngige Says ASUU Strike Is ‘Shocking, Illegal’

 

The ongoing two-week warning strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been declared as illegal and the announcement, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, came as a shock.

ASUU commenced the strike action on Monday over issues of the alleged imposition of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), poor funding and proliferation of State universities, among other issues.

At the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, Dr Ngige explained that the last discussion the Federal Government had with ASUU, necessitated that a nomination is done to serve the IPPIS committee.

I was shocked that on Monday, just like every other person, I read and saw some people coming out of the university system that their lecturers have gone on strike.

It is not cheery news, they didn’t give us the mandatory notice before going on strike; so for a start, this strike is illegal.

They said it’s a warning strike, a strike is a strike; it’s the withdrawing of services from which you are being paid, he maintained.

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Speaking further, Dr Ngige said the effects on the University system are not encouraging, and then questions will arise regarding payment of salaries during the strike period.

The staff that will manage the IPPISS in the universities are the staff of the universities, not people in Abuja.

So we asked ASUU to nominate people to serve in the IPPISS committee in every institution, so that is where we are after the visit to President Buhari.

Now the question will arise, if you don’t go to work if you withdraw your services, do you want to be paid? is it not corruption?

Channels Television reported that a couple of universities including the Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO Imo state, University of Ilorin, after a 20-year absence from general nationwide warning strike, Taraba state university, the University of Ibadan and others.

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.

Niger NLC Vows To Join National Warning Strike

 

The Niger State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) says it is prepared to join the warning strike declared by its national body which is due to kickoff by Wednesday midnight.

State Chairman, Yahaya Ndako, told Channels Television that the decision was taken collectively by members of the union.

According to him, if the Federal Government is not able to resolve its differences with the national body of NLC before the time stipulated, the state chapter and its affiliates will join the strike unfailingly.

The NLC had on September 12 issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to allow the tripartite committee to conclude its work on the new national minimum wage.

The labour union also accused the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige of delaying the process of arriving at a new minimum wage which workers had been expecting since 2016.

Ngige had earlier stated that the committee should adjourn indefinitely to enable him to consult further with the government, a move the organised labour sees as an antic to further delay the take-off of the new minimum wage.

Doctors Declare 7-day Warning Strike In Osun

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in Osun State has ordered its members to proceed on an immediate 7-day warning strike.

Members of the group declared the strike after an emergency general meeting held in Osun State.

The 7-day warning strike is coming after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued to the Osun State government by the doctors in the state and after what they termed failure of the Osun State government to accede to their demands.

NMA chairman in Osun State, Dr Tokunbo Olajumoke said the 7-day warning strike is to commence immediately because the 21-day ultimatum issued to the state government to look into the pending issues raised by the doctors has expired.

Directing that all doctors stop clinical activities immediately, Olajumoke explained that the 7-day warning strike is to allow the government to call for a meeting with the doctors and reach a truce in the interest of all parties involved.

Meanwhile, the Osun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Rafiu Husamotu has appealed to the doctors to be patient with the state government as their requests are being looked into.

He said the government is committed to providing quality healthcare for the masses as well as ensure the health caregivers are well renumerated.

Among other demands, the doctors are calling for the state government’s intervention into the issue of nonpayment of CONMESS salary scale, over taxation, mutilated and outstanding salaries of the doctors.

Resident Doctors Embark On Warning Strike

Resident Doctors Embark On Warning StrikeThe National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has announced a seven-day warning strike to press home their demands for improved welfare and infrastructure in the health sector.

The National President of the association, Mr Ugochukwu Onyebueze made the announcement at a press conference in Abuja, directing all members of the association to down tools with immediate effect.

According to him, the federal government has also failed to implement the agreement it reached on residency training policy last year.

NUPENG Declares 3-Day Warning Strike

 NUPENG Declares 3-Day Warning StrikeThe Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has declared a three-day warning strike beginning 12 midnight, ahead of their meeting with the federal government on Wednesday.

The President of the union, Mr Igwe Achese, told journalists in Abuja after an emergency meeting of the union, that the strike is to press for the implementation of the agreement reached with the oil companies on staff welfare, mediated by the federal government in 2016.

He however explained that the continuation or otherwise of the strike beyond Wednesday, January 11, would be determined by the outcome of a joint meeting between the union and the federal government on Wednesday.

Resident Doctors To Embark On Warning Strike

Resident Doctors The National Association of Resident Doctors has announced a 5-day warning strike which will commence on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

The doctors’ new date for the industrial action is coming after the expiration of a 35-day ultimatum it earlier gave the federal government to look into issues including unpaid salaries and disengagement of some of their colleagues.

The President of the association, Dr. Muhammad Askira, told journalists at a press conference in Abuja that they are unsatisfied by the efforts of the government to resolve the impasse during the period of the ultimatum.

UNIABUJA Lecturers Begin Warning Strike

It appears the drama at the University of Abuja has taken a twist, as the Chairman of ASUU of the university; Dr. Clement Chup with the support of the National Executive Council announced the commencement of a warning strike.

The lecturers at the university commenced the two weeks warning strike so as to drive home their demand,that is the removal of the Vice-Chancellor of the university and the implementation of the 2012 presidential panel report by the Federal Government.

According to Dr. Clement Chup during a news conference in Abuja, the implementation of the report would save the university from total collapse.

Meanwhile the Vice-Chancellor, Professor James Adelabu denies any plan by the university lecturers to embark on a strike action, as a splinter group called ASUU Integrity asked its members to shun the directive and commence normal academic and administrative duties for the 2012/2013 academic calendar as new intakes of the university resumed to start registration for the 2012/2013 academic session today the 29th of April 2013, while lecturers converge to hold a meeting to embark the planned two-week warning strike outside the school premises.

Now, many of the returning students who were forced to stay at home for five months when the school was forcefully closed may resume on the 5th of May 2013, to face new crisis. The uncertainty surrounding the future of the students has never been more profound, unless the Federal Government intervenes as quickly as possible.