ASUU urges Gov. Seyi Makinde to increase LAUTECH subvention, pay earned academic allowances

By Moyosore Salami  Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso has appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to improve welfare packages for lecturers whose efforts improve the ranking of the institution.  The Chairman of the Union, Professor Biodun Olaniran, pleaded with Governor Makinde to jack-up the monthly subvention which currently stands at 295million. According to him: “the improved ranking has doubled the work of lecturers owing to more subscriptions from those interested in learning at LAUTECH. “Since 2020, LAUTECH has witnessed noticeable improvements in terms…

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NLC gives FG 21-day ultimatum to resolve ongoing strikes by ASUU, SSANU

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to, as a matter of urgency, set up a High-Powered Panel with requisite mandates to resolve within 21 days the foregoing issues militating against industrial harmony in Nigeria’s university system. This was disclosed in a statement jointly signed by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba and the General Secretary, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, after a meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), Senior Staff…

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ASUU alleges NITDA deliberately frustrating deployment of UTAS 

By Opeyemi Babalola The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accused the National Information and Technology Agency (NITDA) of deliberately frustrating the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) payment platform in the nation’s public tertiary institutions. Speaking at a press conference held in Katsina state, the union’s zonal coordinator in charge of Sokoto zone, Comrade Jamilu Shehu, described NITDA’s stand on the issue as mischievous, insisting that UTAS is the “most preferred, and more university inclined” homegrown payment platform that is better than the Integrated Personnel and…

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Echono assumes duties as TETFund boss, appeals to ASUU to suspend strike

By Moyosore Salami The new Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Sonny Echono, has appealed to the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend the ongoing strike while it continues with the dialogue with the Federal Government. He made this statement during the official take over of the mantle of leadership from the outgoing Executive Secretary of the Fund, Professor Suleiman Bogoro Monday in Abuja. Echono, who is the immediate past Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, said he was aware that education is…

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In search of alternatives to strikes by African varsities’ unions

By Opeyemi Babalola Tertiary institutions across Africa have taken strike as the best weapon to ‘wage war’ against any  government or school administrators to drive home their point.   Over the years, university unions have used strikes as weapon of ‘warfare’ with government, in fact, these unions oftentimes prefer industrial action to dialogue, which they said has failed to achieve the desired results.   From observations, most crisis leading to strikes could be resolved with dialogue but this route is hardly toed by the unions.  Some of the issues often in…

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ASUU and Nigerian education

By Kole Omotoso Chief Obafemi Jeremiah Oyeniyi Awolowo (1909 – 1987) was Premier of the Western Region from 1952 to1959, seven years in total, yet the profound influence he has on Nigerian education lingers on from the 20th to the 21st Century. Perhaps it would be there forever, nobody can say. Therefore, it is possible for a thoughtful policy to influence any aspect of society. So with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). It does not matter if the policy was followed or not, by future governments or institutions.…

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ASUU strike: HURIWA asks FG to ban politician’s children from studying abroad

By Opeyemi Babalola  Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA), has urged the federal government to place a ban on every politician from taking their children abroad for academic purposes of schooling in private institutions and in foreign jurisdictions.  The group was reacting to the recent extension of another two months strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. HURIWA has also described the quick resort to strike by the ASUU as lazy and irrational since the members of the Union can as well adopt other proactive, constructive and elaborate…

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UI students’ union backs ASUU on strike, asks FG to prioritise union’s demands 

By Opeyemi Babalola The Students’ Union of the University of Ibadan, has supported the action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to go on another two months strike in order for the government to attend to their demands.  Recall that the union had announced on February 14, a one-month warning strike over the outstanding issues between the union and the federal government, which include replacing the Integrated Personnel and Payment Information System (IPPIS) with University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) and implementing the agreement in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum…

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FG says ASUU’s preferred payment system failed integrity test

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Federal Government has disclosed that the preferred payment system by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has failed integrity tests, adding that the government was waiting for the union to upgrade Universities Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), before any further action. This is coming as the one-month warning strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities enters its fourth week. ASUU has embarked on one-month warning strike on February 14, to press home their demands involving about N1.3 trillion. The union also wants the federal government…

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ASUU Strike: Renegotiation committee to deliver within three months, says Education Minister 

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has stated that the seven-man committee set up by the federal government to renegotiate the FGN 2009 Agreements with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will deliver and come up with workable terms within three months.  The minister who stated this during the inauguration ceremony held in Abuja today, charged the committee to ensure that something that would tackle the challenge and the incessant strikes were adopt.  The minister said the committee, which is expected to review the draft proposed…

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