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ASUU begins four-week rollover strike, govs oppose action in state universities


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The Academic Staff Union of Universities on  Monday embarked on a four-week strike following the Federal Government’s failure to meet its demands.

The National President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this during a press conference at the University of Lagos, Akoka, after the union’s National Executive Committee meeting, which started on Friday. 

He stated, “Considering that the government has failed to fully implement the Memorandum of Action it signed with the ASUU on December 23, 2020; given that the draft report of the renegotiated 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement has been submitted for finalisation for more than nine months; and noting that the forceful payment of ASUU members’ salaries and emoluments with the integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System and non-adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution have continued to short-change our members, NEC resolved to embark on a four-week roll-over total and comprehensive strike action beginning from Monday, 14th February 2022.”  

Later in an interview with The PUNCH, ASUU Chairman at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta , Dr. Gbenga Adeleye, explained that strike rollover meant the union would not suspend its current  strike  if the Federal Government failed to meet the demands of the union .

He stated, “The strike has a time lapse for which we expect government to attend to those issues . Now , if they do not attend to those issues , we are at liberty to start another strike again.

“Why we say it is a rollover strike is because normally we suspend a strike and forget about it  and wait till the promises are fulfilled .This one, its  suspension may be reviewed and we can  start another one almost at the expiration of the first one.” 

As ASUU  began the strike, some state governments said lecturers in their universities had no reason joining the industrial action.

The  Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C-Don Adinuba, in an interview with one of our correspondents,  said that the state varsity lecturers had no business going on strike.

Adinuba stated that lecturers in federal universities, being employees of the Federal Government, were the ones who had a dispute with their employer.

He said, “There is no reason for the state varsity lecturers to go on strike, if they want to do, there is a procedure provided for by the Industrial Act in Nigeria. They must give a notice, among other requirements, to their employers, but they have not done that with us.

“ASUU had an agreement with their employers and they felt the Federal Government is not meeting their demands, hence they are embarking on strike. But there is no agreement we have had with our lecturers and we have no issue with them, so, they have no business going on strike.”

We have no problem with our lecturers that can make them join strike – Benue

On his part, the Benue State Commissioner for Education, Sarwuan Tarmongo stated, “We don’t have any problem with our university lecturers that will make them to join the strike because we don’t joke with them (both academic and non-academic staff).  they have been placed on first-line charge and we wouldn’t advise that they join national strike of ASUU.” 

He added, ‘government ensured prompt payment of salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff of the state University alike and also ensure the provision of basic support and infrastructures in the institution’.

We won’t support our varsity lecturers joining the strike, we have no dispute with them – Delta commissioner

Also, the Delta State government said lecturers in its  university had no cause to join the ASUU strike.

The state Commissioner for High Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH on Monday, stated,  “Though, I have not heard from the university,  but there is no way the state government will support them joining the strike.

“What I can tell you now is Delta State government has no trade dispute with any its tertiary institutions. There no trade dispute between the university union and the Delta State Government.

“Some of the things that are being asked by ASUU at the national level are issues Delta State Government had taken for granted about 15 years ago.”

In Katsina State, Governor Aminu Masari’s Special Adviser on Education,Dr.Bashir Ruwangodiyat, said the state was not in support of the strike declared by ASUU.

Ruwangodiya declared that the state had no issue with the state Chapter of the ASUU,adding that government held regular dialogue with lecturers in  Umaru Musa Yaradua University and other higher institutions.

The Special Adviser declared” Frankly speaking, we as Government,do not support the ASUU strike. But, as a union under a national body, we know the state chapter of ASUU is bound to respect the directive of it’s national body.

“ The state has no issue with the local chapter of ASUU .If it is salary,we are not owing; It it concerns payment of  academic allowances, we have no issue with that . We also hold regular dialogue with the state ASUU to ensure that things go on smoothly.

Ekiti State Commissioner for Education, Dr Modupe Aderiye, said on Monday that there was no way the industrial action declared by ASUU could be of interest to any state government.

The Enugu State Government said it would not support lecturers in the Enugu State University of Technology  joining the strike.

The state Commissioner for Education, Prof Uche Eze, who spoke to one of our correspondents, said that the state government enjoyed industrial harmony with ESUT staff.

In Ogun State, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu said the state government had no proble with the lecturers in its universities. 

Ruwangodiya declared that the state had no issue with the state Chapter of the ASUU,adding that government held regular dialogue with lecturers in  Umaru Musa Yaradua University and other higher institutions.

The Special Adviser declared” Frankly speaking, we as Government,do not support the ASUU strike. But, as a union under a national body, we know the state chapter of ASUU is bound to respect the directive of it’s national body.

“ The state has no issue with the local chapter of ASUU .If it is salary,we are not owing; It it concerns payment of  academic allowances, we have no issue with that . We also hold regular dialogue with the state ASUU to ensure that things go on smoothly.

Ekiti State Commissioner for Education, Dr Modupe Aderiye, said on Monday that there was no way the industrial action declared by ASUU could be of interest to any state government.

The Enugu State Government said it would not support lecturers in the Enugu State University of Technology  joining the strike.

The state Commissioner for Education, Prof Uche Eze, who spoke to one of our correspondents, said that the state government enjoyed industrial harmony with ESUT staff.

In Ogun State, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu said the state government had no problem with the lecturers in its universities.

 

 

 

 

 

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