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Parents Ready To Pay N10,000 Each To Universities In Order to End ASUU Strike

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria has proferred a solution to end the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

The association has proposed a payment of N10, 000 per session for each parent to assist government in making more funds available for universities.

NAPTAN’s Public Relations Officer, Dr. Ademola Ekundayo, disclosed this during an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday.

Ekundayo, who lamented continued closure of universities in the country, said parents were at the receiving ends of the disagreement between the Federal Government and ASUU.

He said, “We have submitted a letter to the Office of the Education Minister, seeking for audience where we hope to discuss a proposal.

“We are proposing a sum of N10, 000 per parent every session that will be directly paid to the universities. That will be our own contribution apart from other statutory payments in making more funds available to the universities.

“It can be called parent support levy for universities. We are at the receiving end of the industrial action. We plead with the ASUU and Federal Government to immediately resolve their differences.”

A philanthropist and founder of Opeyemi David Falegan Foundation, Opeyemi Falegan, has called on the past presidents and military rulers to intervene in the lingering ASUU strike.

He also called on the Federal Government and the striking lecturers to consider making necessary sacrifices to end the strike.

The United Kingdom-based Social Democratic Party chieftain made the appeal in a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday titled, “Strike: Nigerian tertiary education system on the verge of total collapse if ASUU strike continues, Falegan warns.”

“The continued industrial action by ASUU may lead to total collapse of tertiary education in Nigeria if the Federal Government and ASUU continue to be flexing muscles. They should sheath their sword in the best interest of hapless Nigerian students and their parents,” Falegan said.

He urged former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan and as well past military leaders, including Yakubu Gowon and Abdusalam Abubakar, among others to intervene with a view to making the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), see reason to ensure reopening of the universities.

“We call on well-meaning Nigerians, especially former Heads of State and Presidents to prevail on the current Nigerian leaders to accede to the demands of ASUU to allow the lecturers and students return to the classrooms,” he said.

The Federal University, Dutsin-Ma branch of ASUU has called for total and indefinite strike by union members nationwide if the Federal Government continues to ignore its national headquarters’ demands.

The union took the decision at its congress was held at the institution’s take-off campus in Dutsin-ma on Monday.

A copy of the resolutions arrived at during the congress, signed by the branch’s Chairperson, Jibrin Shagari; and Secretary, Mzungu Ignatius, was made available to The PUNCH on Tuesday.

Strike: ASUU Denies Receiving N100b From FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has denied receiving N100 billion from the federal government.

ASUU, University of Abuja branch denied receiving such money as it blamed the government for its ongoing strike.

According to ASUU, FG has frustrated all genuine efforts it had made to end the industrial action.

The University of Abuja branch chairman, Dr Kassim Umaru, speaking Tuesday, during the union’s congress at the University’s Mini Campus in Gwagwalada,said “the congress deliberated on issues around the strike and vehemently rejected the offer presented by the federal government.

Reacting to the reports that the federal government has approved another N100 billion for the university unions as part of the 2009 agreement, Umaru said “all these being said in social media and newspapers are not true.”

“Is there any document to our union? We should begin to ask them these questions. The students will have to be patient, it is a fight we have to do once and for all and it is a fight for the future of unborn children.

“We have no alternative than to do what we are doing and we must do it so that we can compete with the external world.

“In the entire world today nobody jokes with education, if you are talking of economy, you are talking of cultural and social aspect, you must invest in education, no single country jokes with education like the way Nigerians are doing,” the ASUU chairman said.

Umaru,who said said the union has a structure on how it takes decisions, added that the National Executive Council,NEC, will meet at the end of the four weeks ultimatum to take its decision,on the lingering strike.

According to him,”at the end of the expiration of the ultimatum on Sunday, the needful will be done.”

“As far as we are concerned, the federal government has not done anything to our various demands.

“Federal government should tell the Nigerian public what they have done. The two committees that were set up, the Nimi Briggs committee were set up, the Jubrin committee was set up and all these things had their recommendation before then.

“They were to signed that agreement and get it implemented but it is not an offer, it is just a mere statement we heard from government because the history has it that at each level it is collective bargaining but when you jettison collective bargaining and you are throwing a award to someone which we needed to sit down as established by law,”he further said.

Speaking on the no-work-no pay policy as stated by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, he said the ILO and the 1981 trade union Act was very clear on that.

“Our salaries are always negotiated, it is not something you feel you can pay us, it is something that you have to sit down to talk and agree that you can pay us.

“As far as we concerned, our job is different from any other civil servants, it is the job you are going back to do, you are not paying for an hour you are paying for the job we have done so it is there responsibility to pay us and if they said they are not paying us and if they said they are not paying us, it is a joke taken too far.

“As it is, they have not called our union and Nigerians should know that we have not been called, no invitation to our union and all that we know the strike continues,”he explained.

Strike: ASUU Denies Receiving N100b From FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has denied receiving N100 billion from the federal government.

ASUU, University of Abuja branch denied receiving such money as it blamed the government for its ongoing strike.

According to ASUU, FG has frustrated all genuine efforts it had made to end the industrial action.

The University of Abuja branch chairman, Dr Kassim Umaru, speaking Tuesday, during the union’s congress at the University’s Mini Campus in Gwagwalada,said “the congress deliberated on issues around the strike and vehemently rejected the offer presented by the federal government.

Reacting to the reports that the federal government has approved another N100 billion for the university unions as part of the 2009 agreement, Umaru said “all these being said in social media and newspapers are not true.”

“Is there any document to our union? We should begin to ask them these questions. The

students will have to be patient, it is a fight we have to do once and for all and it is a fight for the future of unborn children.

“We have no alternative than to do what we are doing and we must do it so that we can compete with the external world.

“In the entire world today nobody jokes with education, if you are talking of economy, you are talking of cultural and social aspect, you must invest in education, no single country jokes with education like the way Nigerians are doing,” the ASUU chairman said.

Umaru,who said said the union has a structure on how it takes decisions, added that the National Executive Council,NEC, will meet at the end of the four weeks ultimatum to take its decision,on the lingering strike.

According to him,”at the end of the expiration of the ultimatum on Sunday, the needful will be done.”

“As far as we are concerned, the federal government has not done anything to our various demands.

“Federal government should tell the Nigerian public what they have done. The two committees that were set up, the Nimi Briggs committee were set up, the Jubrin committee was set up and all these things had their recommendation before then.

“They were to signed that agreement and get it implemented but it is not an offer, it is just a mere statement we heard from government because the history has it that at each level it is collective bargaining but when you jettison collective bargaining and you are throwing a award to someone which we needed to sit down as established by law,”he further said.

Speaking on the no-work-no pay policy as stated by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, he said the ILO and the 1981 trade union Act was very clear on that.

“Our salaries are always negotiated, it is not something you feel you can pay us, it is something that you have to sit down to talk and agree that you can pay us.

“As far as we concerned, our job is different from any other civil servants, it is the job you are going back to do, you are not paying for an hour you are paying for the job we have done so it is there responsibility to pay us and if they said they are not paying us and if they said they are not paying us, it is a joke taken too far.

“As it is, they have not called our union and Nigerians should know that we have not been called, no invitation to our union and all that we know the strike continues,”he explained.

SSANU, NASU suspend strike for two months

The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Education Institutions on Saturday suspended their ongoing strike for a period of two months.

SSANU’s national president, Muhammed Ibrahim disclosed this in an interview with Punch in Abuja.

“Yes, we have suspended the strike for a period of two months”, Ibrahim told our correspondent via a telephone call.

Like the Academic Staff Union of Universities, SSANU and NASU had also embarked on strike.

The unions had called for the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, payment of earned allowances, usurpation of non-academic career positions by vice-chancellors, the inclusion of university staff school into the university community, non-payment of minimum wage arrears, and funding of state universities.

A committee set up by the Federal Government and headed by the Emeritus Professor, Nimi Briggs had engaged in negotiations with the two unions.

Though Ibrahim did not disclose the demands of the unions which had been met, the minister of education, Adamu Adamu during a press briefing with state house correspondents last Thursday noted that the government had reached agreements with all the university based unions except ASUU which the minister claimed was requesting for payment of backlog of salaries, Punch reported.

The strike by SSANU and NASU has led to suspension in the issuance of academic transcripts; mobilisation of graduates for the compulsory one year service organized by the National Youth Service Corps.

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