ASUU Strike 2017 Update – FG Schedules Another Meeting With ASUU

Welcome to official ASUU strike update page. Get the latest ASUU Strike 2017 Update. Here you will know when the strike will be called off, what the government are saying or doing about it. We will also bring you latest updates on ASUU meetings and the Federal Governments is an efforts to resolve the ongoing strike action.

You might want to know the answers to the following questions;

  • are asuu on strike
  • when did asuu strike end
  • has asuu gone on strike
  • is asuu strike called off
  • is asuu on strike
  • is asuu on strike now
  • is asuu currently on strike
  • when was the asuu strike started

To give answers to the following question above, yes, ASUU is on strike and we don’t know yet when they will call it off. We are following the proceedings and will bring to you the latest update on this.

ASUU Strike 2017 Update - ASUU on Indefinite Strike, FG Said it's Unnecessary

ASUU Strike 2017 Update

See the Timeline below;

Wednesday 06-Sep-2017 – FG Schedules Another Meeting With ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, is expected to hold a crucial meeting with the federal government on Thursday.

This meeting is at the instance of the Ministers of Labour and education.

The President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, has confirmed this meeting.

According to him, “We just received the notification of the meeting,” he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning. “Until Thursday, that is when we can say what would happen but we have been invited for the meeting.”

The ongoing ASUU strike has gone beyond three weeks.

Some of the demands of the lecturers include payment of shortfall in salaries, universities to be allowed to manage their internal revenue independently and exemption of universities from the Treasury Single Account.

Wednesday 06-Sep-2017 – ASUU blames Federal Government

The Academic Staff Union of Universities accused the Federal Government of being responsible for the continuation of its strike action

This came from the ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole

According to him, the union would not shy away from embracing purposeful dialogue with the authorities..

“ASUU has never run away from negotiation. The issue in contention is about implementation and not negotiation as being peddled by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

“It is sad that successive governments, including the incumbent, failed to realise that funding education is an investment which can bring about enduring positive change in the country,” said Omole.

He added that the union would continue to fight to enable the Federal Government to wake up to its responsibilities.

Omole stated, “When you reach an agreement, you must implement it. Why are we celebrating the Sallah festival? It is because someone promised to sacrifice his son to God and decided to fulfil his promise. God replaced the sacrifice with a ram and that is why we are celebrating.

“Jesus Christ also promised to die for the sin of the world and he came to fulfil that promise.

“Why will government not fulfil the promises contained in the signed agreement? Government should see education as an investment. The products will come out to change society.

“If our universities are properly funded, we can conduct cutting-edge research that can take us out of recession. What we are simply saying is that FG should use public funds to fund public education.”

Wednesday 30-Aug-2017 – ASUU Demands 6 New Conditions To End Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has added 6 new conditions to the earlier ones.

According to the source the new conditions are that:

-the Federal Government should immediately accept payment of shortfall in salaries of universities;
-universities to manage their IGR the way they like and exemption from TSA;
-exemption of Endowment Funds, JV cash from TSA;
-payment of University Salary Scale to teachers in primary schools in universities;
-release/implementation of guidelines for the retirement of Professors in line with 2009 FG-ASUU Agreement; and
-waiver/ government fiat to set up Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company

It was learnt that the FEC meeting will consider the following options at its meeting today:

-bringing back ASUU to the negotiation table;
-allowing the Wale Babalakin Panel to conclude its assignment;
-suing ASUU to either the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) or the National Industrial Court (NIC); and
-referring all issues to the Ministry of Labour and Employment, in line with the Trade Dispute law.

Tuesday 29-Aug-2017 – ASUU Shuns Meeting With FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has withdrawn from a meeting with the federal government scheduled for Tuesday.

The union refused to attend the highly anticipated meeting, aimed at resolving its two-week strike, saying there is no need for the meeting since its position had already been sent to the federal government.

The meeting was confirmed in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowookere, late Monday.

The statement said the government delegation at the meeting would include the Ministers of Education and Finance; Chairman, National Income Salaries, and Wages Commission; and the Executive Secretary, National Universities, Commission

But in statement signed by ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, the lecturers explained their position.

“On Thursday 17th August 2017, we met with the Minister of Labour and Education where it was decided that we should consult our members and revert back to the government, we have consulted our members and in a letter dated 28th of August, we have written back to the federal government on the outcome of our consultations,” ASUU said.

“As we expect the federal govt reaction to our letter, we hope it would not be long before we receive a response that would be bring lasting solution to the dispute.”

Contacted by phone, the ASUU president said the union did not attend the meeting since a letter had been sent to the government detailing its position

“We already sent them a letter, so there was no need for the meeting, what we are expecting is a reply to our letter,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

ASUU says it wants better welfare for staff and improved funding for Nigerian universities.

Source: Premium Times

Monday 28-Aug-2017 – ASUU To Call Off Strike after Meeting With FG Once Again

There are indications that the Academic Staff Union of Universities may meet with the Federal Government this week over the ongoing strike by the union.

The union had earlier over the weekend to decode whether or not to call off the strike.

The FG had during the meeting with ASUU leadership in Abuja offered to pay N23bn and a monthly payment of N1.5bn pending the outcome of the forensic audit being carried out by the Ministry of Finance.

According to a source, “The ASUU meeting which held last Saturday at UniAbuja discussed the offers made by the government and whether the strike should be called off on the basis of the offers made by the government.

“It was decided that ASUU might seek an audience with the government this week to negotiate further concessions before the strike is called off.

Monday 24-Aug-2017 – ASUU to Hold Meeting with National Executive Council

Report has it that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will hold a National Executive Council meeting this week to determine the direction of the ongoing national strike action.

All branch chairmen are expected to be in Abuja today for the meeting which is expected to end on Saturday.

The branches of the union yesterday held a meeting to vote whether the strike should continue or not. It is based on these votes the Executives of the union will decide on Whether or not to continue with the strike action.

The President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi when contacted to comment on the development said he will only speak after the executive meeting.

However, one of the Branch Chairmen of the union from a university in the southern part of Nigeria who spoke to newsmen said, “From the Southern part of the country and some parts of the North, universities voted for continuation of the strike; but we cannot tell now until after the meeting of NEC.”

 

Monday 21-Aug-2017 – ASUU Leaders Meet To Discuss FG’s Offer

The Academic Staff Union of Universities will meet today to deliberate on the offers made by the Federal Government last Thursday in Abuja.
It was gathered that meeting will be on zonal levels nationwide, where the members would determine whether to accept the offers made to them or not.
According to the Chairman, UNIAbuja chapter of ASUU, Dr. Ben Ugheoke, the union would hold a crucial meeting on the labour action.
He explained that after the zonal meetings, the decisions would then be communicated to the national executive council of the union which would take a final position on the issues

 Friday 18-Aug-2017 – ASUU-FG Meeting Deadlocked, Strike May Be Called-Off By Next Week

The Federal Government’s efforts towards getting the the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)to call off its nationwide strike failed on Thursday as both parties did not agree on some issues.

According to a source who was present at the meeting, the Federal Government promised to honour all of ASUU’s requests except the one regarding the TSA.

It was gathered that the government admitted wrongdoing and appealed to the lecturers to call off the strike immediately, but the appeal was rejected by ASUU leaders, who pleaded for time to meet their members because of the TSA.

The Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige stated after the meeting that the government was expecting feedback from ASUU on the overtures made to it, adding that the union promised to return to the negotiation table within one week with hope of finally calling of the strike.

Wednesday 16-Aug-2017 – ASUU Strike May End In Two Days – Minister Of Education

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, yesterday said that the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), may end in two days.

He disclosed this during an interview with newsmen. According to him, the present administration has a policy of engaging unions, including ASUU.

“I hope and believe that this would be a one or two days strike. We have a policy of engaging the unions, including ASUU and I think now we are very serious.

“This is the first time in two years that ASUU is declaring a strike,” Adamu said.

It was also learnt that the Minister also held a closed-door meeting with the leader of the Federal Government Renegotiation Team, Dr. B. O Babalakin (SAN).

Babalakin had in January, inaugurated the 16-member team to renegotiate the 2009 agreement between the FG and ASUU .

Wednesday 16-Aug-2017 – Nigerian Federal Government described the strike action embarked upon by ASUU is totally unnecessary.

The office of the presidency has described the strike action embarked upon by ASUU is totally unnecessary.

This was disclosed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu in an interview on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily yesterday..

According to him, the amount of money being demanded by the union was unrealizable.

He mentioned that the leaders of ASUU were aware of the fact that the current administration inherited the agreements based on which the industrial action was declared.

He said ASUU was also aware that the Federal Government had set up a committee on the matter.

Shehu stated that the current administration might not be able to meet the huge financial obligation the striking lecturers were demanding since the N850bn debt was more than the total allocation to the Ministry of Education in the 2017 Budget, which he put at N369bn.

“We have inherited these agreements and we are not running away from them. Government has set up a committee led by (Dr Wale) Babalakin. They are already sitting. Why didn’t they sit down and negotiate?

“This strike is totally unnecessary. The issues can be resolved, especially where we have full understanding of where we are coming from. The governments that signed those agreements did not deem it fit to implement because the capacity was not there.

“If they are ready, they can sit down and discuss with the committee that has capable and qualified people as members.

“They want all the problems to go with a wave of the hand. They want all the answers to all their problems at a go. There is an avenue that the government has opened for them for dialogue and it is not closed yet.”

Tuesday – 14-Aug-2017 – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has resolved to embark on an indefinite strike action.

This followed an extensive deliberation that lasted for three days.

All members of the union have been directed against going to teach or involving themselves in any academic activity.

A document titled “Strike Bulletin No.1”, which was signed and issued by Ogunyemi, ASUU said the strike action was to be a total, comprehensive and indefinite action whereby no form of academic activities including teaching, attendance of any meeting, conduct and supervision of any examination at any level, supervision of project or thesis at any level should take place at any of the nation’s universities.

According to the document, all means of negotiation had been exploited before the decision on an indefinite strike action was reached.

The lecturers have complained of poor funding of universities, part-payment of salaries of lecturers, non payment of earned allowances among others.

What is ASUU strike ?

This is a very interesting question. ASUU strike is simply a strategy used by the Nigerian University Lecturers to express their grievances to the government due to low funding of the University system. They usually boycott lectures and other academic activities including teaching, attendance of any meeting, conduct and supervision of any examination at any level, supervision of project or thesis at any level should take place at any of the nation’s universities.pending when the government will meet their demands.

We will bring you the latest update about ASUU strike 2017. With these updates, you will know the date the strike may be called off.
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