Connect with us


We Are Willing To Call Off Strike – ASUU



The President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has said that the union is wiling to end its seven-month old strike.

The FidelinfoNews reports that Osodeke, however, said this could only be achieved if concrete agreements were reached with the Federal Government.

Osodeke gave the assurance in Abuja on Thursday at a National Town Hall Meeting on Tertiary Education tagged: ‘ The Locked Gates of our Citadels -A National Emergency.’

Recall that the union embarked on industrial action on Feb.14, making it over seven months since public universities across the country were closed down

The Federal Government recently sued ASUU at the industrial court in an attempt to end the strike.

On all these issues, we have given the government a minimum that we can accept, but they have not responded on issue of revitilisation, on issue of earned allowance and on issues that we have all discussed.

” We negotiated and agreed that they should sign and this is very simple, not more than one day.

” On UTAS and IPPIS , we say release the report of the test you did and let’s look at the one who came first and take it as we agreed.

” So we have given them the minimum we want and we have to come down and they can do it in one day if there is a will,” he said.

Osodeke, therefore, reiterated the union’s commitment to return to school if the Federal Government puts its proposal on the table, saying that negotiation could be reached if the government was willing.

“If the government loves this country, these children and their parents, then they should come to the table and let us resolve these issues in one day.

“Just as we did in 2014, they should come and ensure that we do that, we can even have the meeting openly so that Nigeria will see what we are discussing,” he said.

The ASUU president expressed sadness over the lingering strike resulting to government taking the union to court.

He said that suing the union was not an option as it would further worsen the situation of the students and tertiary education in the country.

He said that if the court forces the lecturers to return to school, they won’t force them to teach with open minds, saying that the students would definitely be at the receiving end.

Osodeke commended the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors for stepping in to resolve the issues

He, therefore, called on parents and students to appeal to the government to do the needful so that the strike would come to an end once and for all, rather than attacking the union.

Meanwhile, Mrs Vivian Bello , Convener, Save Public Education Campaign, an NGO, pleaded with both parties to resolve the problems saying that the students are not the only people feeling the negative impact, but also the union.

Bello said that it behooves on both sides to bring the crisis to a perpetual end for the sake of the students as well as the development of education in the country.

” We are going to play our traditional role which is the role of monitor.

” We are going to keep very strong searchlight on the two actors- both in the government and on ASUU, in order to see that this issue of back and forth is quickly brought to an end the strike will be called-off,” she said.

Some of the contentious issues that led to the strike by the unions include the non-release of revitalisation fund, non-payment of earned allowance (or earned academic allowance), renegotiation of the 2009 Agreement, and the release of white paper for visitation panel.

Others are: the non-payment of minimum wage arrears and the inconsistency occasioned by the use of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


BREAKING: JAMB releases timetable for 2024 UTME



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced dates for the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

It said the sale of forms for the examination will start on January 15 and end on February 26.

In a statement by its Public Communication Advisor (PAC), Fabian Benjamin, JAMB said the main UTME will hold from April 19 to 29, 2024.

The statement reads: “Based on the series of recommendations emanating from a two-day Information Technology (IT) and management retreat held between November 26 and 28, 2023, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed January 15 to February 26, 2024, for the sale of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) application document.

“Meanwhile, March 7, 2024, has been slated for the 2024 MOCK-UTME, while the main UTME will hold from April 19 to 29, 2024.

“Candidates are expected to print their examination slips as from April 10, 2024.

“Candidates are enjoined to take note of these dates and other advisories issued by the board in relation to the administration of the examination. They are also to visit the board’s website @www.jamb for any other information.”

Continue Reading


Fed Govt gets additional $700m as 11 states join World Bank project on girls education



The World Bank has approved an additional $700 million for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) project to improve learning outcomes of the girl – child.

In the new funding arrangement, 11 additional financing states joined the initial seven pilot states.

The states are: Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara.

Project Coordinator, AGILE, Hajia Amina Haruna, said this during the inauguration of the national steering committee on AGILE in Abuja.

The committee inaugurated comprised executive secretaries from SUBEB, Commissioners of Education from 18 states and relevant Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).

The AGILE project is a credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) to the Federal Government, and it is implemented in seven states.

The states are Borno, Ekiti, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi and Plateau, with an initial project cost of $500m.

Haruna said the project was put in place to improve secondary education opportunities among girls in targeted areas in the seven participating states.

She called for the commitment of the state government to recruit qualified teachers for proper impact of the project.

Haruna said: “Over 2.4 million beneficiaries reached across the seven states reached. More than 1,341,821 adolescent girls have so far been reached.

“Over 7,967 non functional classrooms have been renovated and in use in the seven states. 84,567 teaching and learning materials to schools and in use.”

While inaugurating the committee, Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, charged the committee members and state chapter on the sustainability of the project.

According to Mamman, one of the major challenges we have is taking millions of out-of-school children off the street.

He said: “If we can register success in the 18 states, we will be half way through in reducing the number of out-of-school children in the country.

“We need to scale up what we have to reach other states. The project has assisted us in a template we can adopt to work out deliverables in reducing the number of out-of-school children.”

Minister of State for Education, Dr. Yusuf Sununu said the inauguration was aimed at creating system reforms for expansion of access and provision of financial incentives for the girl child.

While urging the commissioners of education to make use of the available resources judiciously, Sununu also explained that the federal ministry of education had done a lot towards improving learning outcomes.

The World Bank Country Director, Shubham Chaudhuri, said the bank was passionate about the project as it would give the girl child the opportunities to contribute to their families, communities and the nation.

Chaudhuri said efficient deliverables of the project would yield increased investment in girl-child education by the world bank.

Continue Reading


Edo 2024: UNIBEN students, Stakeholders drum support for Shaibu’s governorship ambition



The 2024 governorship aspiration of Edo state deputy governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, on Tuesday, November 28, received a boost from students of the University of Benin (UNIBEN).h

The students, who were led by past and serving leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), including executive members of many departments, converged on Shaibu’s campaign office in Benin to pledge their support for his governorship aspiration.

The speakers included Comrade Gilbert Success, aka UNIBEN Oracle; Comrade Gerald Nnamdi; and Comrade Happiness Ugheghele; and they pledged their unflinching support for the Edo deputy governor’s aspiration.

They described Shaibu, a former national president of NANS, as one of their own.

The students’ leaders noted that the Edo deputy governor was a worthy ambassador of young people in Nigeria while disclosing that they would have gone to court to compel Shaibu to join the governorship race if he had not declared on Monday in Benin.

They said: “We are here in our numbers as representatives of great Nigerian students from UNIBEN, to pledge our total support for your governorship ambition.

“We are convinced that you are one hundred percent homeboy the Edo people are looking forward to, and there is no doubt whatsoever that with your antecedents, you have the pedigree and capacity to deliver, and take Edo State to the next level.

“As one of our own and a vibrant and articulate youth for that matter, we will mobilise and support you to ensure that you become the next governor of our dear Edo State.”

Shaibu, a former majority leader of the Edo House of Assembly and ex-member of the House of Representatives, in his response, stated that by his exposure and experience as a youth, he was adequately prepared and equipped to be Edo governor from November 12, 2024.

He chronicled his struggles and sacrifices with other like-minded in fighting for the emancipation of Nigerian students and the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria.

Edo deputy governor said: “I am happy to be getting this kind of massive support from my fellow youths and students. We are told that the youths are the leaders of tomorrow. But the journey to taking over positions of leadership in our country starts today. By the grace of God, and with your support, the Edo of our collective dream is possible.

“All l enjoin you to do is to go about spreading the gospel of a better Edo State with Philip Shaibu as Governor, and let me assure you that I will not disappoint you.”

Shaibu, at Bishop Kelly Pastoral Centre of St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Airport Road, Benin on Monday, while declaring his intention to vie in the September 21 next year’s governorship election, insisted that nothing and no one could stop his aspiration on the platform of the governing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and succeed Governor Godwin Obaseki, also of PDP

Continue Reading