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NANS Anambra, ASUU Berate Ngige On ASUU Strike

Obinna Nwanekwu, Awka

  • NANS to mobilize against his ambition    
  • His children have long graduated from school

The nation’s student body, National Association of Nigerian Students as well as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has berated the Minister for Labour and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Chris Ngige for blaming ASUU for the pervading strike in Nigerian Universities describing such remarks as unbecoming of a statesman.

Ngige had made this comments while interviewed on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’.

He had reportedly stated that the industrial unrest in the universities was as a recurring decimal  and went on to quote figures deemed  by our fact checkers as unreliable.

These statements earned him the wrath of both NANS and ASUU who described the statements as baseless and unbecoming of a statesman.

Speaking for NANS Rt Hon Chibueze Ofole, Coordinator for NANS in Anambra described the statements as unfair to the plight of the Nigerian Student who had committed no crime but the ordinate desire to study and assist their parents and guardians who had sacrificed so much for them.

Ofole wondered if this was the same Ngige who had reduced the heavy school fees levied against students while he was Governor of Anambra State and had also made a number of achievements in the education sector, describing the situation now as worrisome.

” How can our minister, Ngige come on air and justify our suffering? This is not fair and should be condemned, the Nigerian student has committed no crime but for his or her desire to gain knowledge which can be used to better the lot of our parents and guardians who have suffered and sacrificed for them.

NANS is hereby demanding an unreserved apology from the Minister otherwise we will invoke the.spirit and the.principles of Alutarism and mobilize against the ambition of the Minister. That is should he even get the ticket of the APC, we will mobilize heavily against it, that is if we fail to get this apology.  “

For ASUU, the comments largely offended most members of the academic union. For Dr. Sude Olutobi a member of the ASUU implementation committee the continuous blaming of ASUU by Ngige was in bad faith and would only extend the strike. He said: “Listening to a doctor turned politician, a former governor of Anambra state and a member of the 7th senate, Dr Chris Ngige, I discovered there is no hope for the Nigerian university students. The ASUU strike is likely to linger more than expected.”

Olutobi also challenged Ngige to tell the world which of his children was still a student in any Nigerian university as all of them had graduated, and perhaps could be a reason for the Minister’s non-chalance on the matter.

ASUU had on the 14th of February , 2022 embarked on a one month warning strike which it was forced to extend and now in its 9th week following the FG’s failure to meet a number of its demands as well as the implementation of previously reached agreements, particularly the 2019 Memorandum of Action.

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ASUU Strike : Students Blame FG, ASUU for Extension

Students and stakeholders have lampooned both the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU over the two-month extension of the ASUU’s one-month warning strike.

Speaking to realpoliticsnigeria.ng, they massively criticized the government and the union for failing to resolve the crisis.
ASUU has earlier in February this year embarked on a one month ‘warning ‘strike seeking that certain demands which had been agreed upon in the past. These demands include, the revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement and alleged inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) payments.
Emmanuel Osodeke, who serves as ASUU’s President had yesterday announced the strike’s extension owing to the government’s failure to address the issues raised in the warning strike.
Osodeke, states that the union’s National Executive Council meeting which was held in Abuja, had resolved to give the government another eight weeks to address all the issues “in concrete terms”.
He said, “NEC acknowledged the intervention efforts, in various ways, by patriots and friends of genuine national development (students, parents, journalists, trade union leaders, civil society activists etc) to expeditiously resolve the crisis which government’s disposition had allowed to fester.
“However, ASUU, as a union of intellectuals, has historic obligations to make government honour agreements.”
Nigerian students had taken to twitter to bash ASUU, for Mohammed Adamu, a student of Federal University of Technology Minna, he states that he agreed with FG owing to the numerous negotiations over the years and wanted ASUU to come up with new ways of protesting against government instead of resorting to strikes.
Another student Moses Ngwuyah, of Benue State University blamed the Federal Government describing the central government as insincere. He said, “ How can one be happy with the present state of things? These people in government have their children in private schools or schools outside the Federation, how then can the Federal Government renege on agreements reached, this is unfair.”
Meanwhile ASUU may contemplate rolling over the strike should the FG not come up with a resolution to their demands. This was made known to realpolitics.ng by a member of ASUU’s NEC. Craving anonymity, the NEC official told our medium that should ASUU’s demands fail to get any form of redress, then ASUU would have no other choice but to continue the strike indefinitely.
“ASUU has come to the point of no going back, we would continue to demand that tertiary education be saved in Nigeria, anything short of this will no longer be acceptable, now they are talking about setting up a committee to review the 2019 Memorandum of Action and have given it a three months mandate, we are waiting and watching, this time we will insist on the inviolability of these agreements”
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Breaking News: ASUU Commences Nationwide Strike

 

Any  moment from now the Acadrmic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU will announce its commencement of a nationwide strike. The industrial action which is likely to be indefinite this time around stems from the refusal of the Federal Government to meet the union’s demands as agreed upon in the 2019 Memorandum of Action.

 

AT gathered this following a tweet from  ASUU’s president @comradeait which announced the commencement of the strike from Monday, February 14, 2022.

Tweet announcing commencement of industrial action by ASUU

 

The tweet went like this :

“Scenes at UNILAG for the final decision of the commencement of #ASUUstrike
Official statement coming soon. Is our right we are fighting for
#ASUUstrike
#ASUU”

Shortly after the meeting had come to an end another tweet announced the commencement of the strike:

 

With this, Nigerian Universities will likely be shutdown indefinitely until the demands of the union are met.

 

 

ASUU had earlier  threatened to embark on another strike following the FG’s repeated failure to meet a number of agreements reached with ASUU previously.

 

 

Three years after penning the 2019 Memorandum of Understanding reached between the Federal Government and ASUU, a cursory look at agreement reveals that the federal government is yet to fulfill a heavy number of arrears of such an agreement. Areas such as the funding for the revitalization of our public universities, mainstreaming further payments of EAA into the annual budgets beginning from 2019 budget,as well as the provision of documented guidelines on procedures and roles of parties in the process of renegotiating FGN-ASUU Agreement of 2009 are amongst such agreements.

 

 

There is also the demand for the immediate deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to replace the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS which ASUU believes is unworkable with the concept of university autonomy!

 

 

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