Concern over backlog of admissions, disruption in academic calendars

By Opeyemi Babalola     With the eight months of strike recently suspended by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the crisis rocking the public higher institutions is likely to have deepened further, thereby raising the fear of students and stakeholders over the likely possibility of more havoc to descend on the public institutions in coming days or even years.      Already, public universities are yet to fully recover from the crisis bestowed on them by the negative impacts of COVID-19, that prevented schools from continuing activities which…

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Sultan to ASUU: Other actions, not strike, better to press home demands 

•Says Nigeria’s education is not bad as people claimed  By Opeyemi Babalola The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has advised the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to test other available options to press home their demands other than the persistent strikes which have almost crumbled the nation’s public universities in the country. The sultan, who also doubles as the chancellor of the University of Ibadan, stated this at the 74th foundation day ceremony of the varsity, held on Thursday at the International Conference Centre of the…

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Crisis in higher institutions as stakeholders raise alarm over lecturers’ exodus overseas 

By Opeyemi Babalola The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) might have resumed work after eight months of strike, but there are palpable fears that university education system might have dipped further into the abyss with the strike.    The fears are arising from the fact that some of the lecturers in public universities might have sought greener pastures abroad, owing to the government’s nonchalant attitude towards the plight of the public university lecturers.               Unfortunately, no accurate figures regarding the brain drain in the sector have been made public, but the lamentations…

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ASUU seeks abolition of ‘draconian’ policy, to hold nationwide protest 

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is set to embark on a one-day nationwide protest rally over the implementation of the ‘no work no pay’ policy including the half pay its members received for October. This is as the union again frowned at the ‘no work, no pay policy’, which they considered as being oppressive towards the union.  It was gathered that the protest will be organised at the branch levels of the union across public university campuses nationwide and it will take place as a…

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ASUU resolves not to embark on another strike

*Condemns FG’s ‘pro-rata’ payment of October salaries By Opeyemi Babalola Following the conclusion of its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which started yesterday and ended at the earlier hours of Tuesday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed not to embark on another strike action. The union, however, condemned attempt by the federal government to turn the academics into casual workers through the so-called ‘pro-rata’ payment for 18 days. In a press statement on Tuesday the ASUU national president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, noted that the University teachers are…

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NUC boss alleges N12bn unsolicited deposit in commission’s budget

*Says lack of financial means may disrupt some varsities from continuing academic activities By Opeyemi Babalola Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, has raised the alarm over the N12 billion naira, which was added to the commission’s budget without his knowledge. Prof. Rasheed made the revelation during the commission’s budget presentation to the Senate and House Joint Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFUND in Abuja. He said: “We had additional money given to us that we didn’t request. I later went to finance to find out because…

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ASUU: SERAP gives Buhari 7-day ultimatum to reverse lecturers’ half salaries

By Opeyemi Babalola The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has issued a seven-day ultimatum to President Muhammadu Buhari to “direct the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and the acting Accountant General of the Federation, Sylva Okolieaboh to immediately reverse the apparently illegal deductions from the salaries of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) for October 2022.” SERAP is also urging him to “direct Mr Ngige and Mr Okolieaboh to pay ASUU members full salaries for the duration of their strike action.” It would be…

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FG clears air on half salary paid to lecturers 

By Opeyemi Babalola The federal government has explained the reason behind its action of paying half salaries to the lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), insisting that its rule on ‘no work no pay’ still stands.  According to a statement issued by Olajide Oshundun, Head of Press and Public Relations, the Labour Ministry on Saturday, “They were paid in pro rata to the number of days that they worked in October, counting from the day that they suspended their industrial action. Pro-rata was done…

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Crisis looms as federal government pays ASUU half salaries for October

By Opeyemi Babalola Following the federal government’s refusal to honour the agreement it again made with the union after a series of breakdowns in agreement, the lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have hinted to resume the strike which had lasted for eight months.  This indication emerged on Thursday when some lecturers begin to receive half salary for the last month (October) as against their expectations of full salaries.  Recall that the union had on October 14, called off its eight-month-old strike after court…

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Counting the cost of ASUU strike

No doubt, the decision by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to suspend their eight-month long strike has provided a big relief to all Nigerians who are largely stakeholders in the matter. Students and their parents are real victims; but the teachers have gone through a horrifying period, having been deprived of their basic means of livelihood. Therefore, ASUU’s decision to sheath its sword in compliance with the orders of the Court of Appeal is laudable. However, this development has brought little cheer, merely reconfiguring the industrial battle to a…

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