February 24, 2024
Strike: FG varsity managements in stormy session may direct reopening of schools

Strike: FG, varsity managements in stormy session, may direct reopening of schools

The federal government, pro-chancellors, and vice chancellors of federal universities are meeting at the National Universities Commission, NUC, Abuja, to find long-term solutions to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The meeting, which began at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, is attended by nearly all vice chancellors and provosts of federal universities across the country.

Journalists covering the event were asked to remain outside.


Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, stated before the meeting closed that the federal government was doing everything possible to return universities to academic activities.

Adamu, who asked journalists to remain outside, stated that they would be briefed on the meeting’s outcome at the end of the closed-door session.

“Overall, our guide has been Mr President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive, namely, that while unions should be persuaded to return to work, the government should not repeat the past mistakes of agreeing to sign an agreement it will be unable to implement.” “Government should not sow seeds for future disruptions under the guise of resolving current challenges,” he said.

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He went on to say, “We have done the best we could in the circumstances.” We interacted with the unions following inter-ministerial consultations and rounds of hard bargaining with all government agencies. I personally gave it everything I had to solve the current problems. I met the Unions wherever and whenever I could with facts, figures, and absolute sincerity. In addition to other formal engagements, I met with ASUU leadership in my home, office, and at the ASUU Secretariat on several occasions.

“To be honest with all unions, particularly ASUU, one major issue over which Government and Unions could not reach an amicable agreement was the issue of the “No work, No pay” law.” In the spirit of sincerity, the government stated unequivocally that it would not violate the law. And on this, I must thank all the Unions who made the sacrifice of understanding the Government’s position on the matter.”

Remember that ASUU began its ongoing strike on February 14, this year.

Since the start of the strike, some federal and state universities have been shut down, forcing students to stay at home.

Some of the ASUU’s demands include funding for the revitalization of public universities, payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA)/Earned Allowances (EA), payment of salary shortfalls, a halt to governors’ proliferation of state universities, and the establishment of Visitation Panels.

Renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement; adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as a payment platform for university lecturers; payment of withheld salaries; and non-remittance of check-off dues are among the others.

Strike: FG, varsity managements in stormy session, may direct reopening of schools

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