ASUU Strike: What We Proposed To University Teachers – Minister

Chris Ngige
Chris Ngige

Details have emerged of the proposal made by the Nigerian Government to university teachers towards ending the indefinite strike by the teachers.

The negotiating team of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, had Friday morning risen from a 12 hours, 30 minutes meeting with a delegation of government in Abuja and announced it had agreed to consider the proposal by government.

The National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, who led the negotiating team of the union to the meeting, said the team would present the proposal to the leadership of ASUU for its decision and get back to the government in a week.

“Now we have some concrete proposal that we will take back to our members for consideration,” he said.

According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the meeting discussed seven issues which constituted the demands of ASUU.

“We inherited these issues from past government but government is a continuous process, we have to address them,” he said.

Mr. Ngige then listed some of the demands and what government proposed to do on each.

On the provision of fund for the revitalisation of public universities, the minister said government has accepted to start quarterly payment into the fund while “Which financial implication has risen to about N220 billion as at 2:20 pm on Thursday”

“The government has decided to make some funds available for September and October to show they are not liquidating the agreement and to show a sign of good faith,” the minister said.

In respect of the 2009 MoU which non-implementation was the core of the grievances of ASUU, Mr. Ngige said government proposed to set up a seven-man committee with the union to work out the ways and means for implementing the agreement.

However, he Said: “This is without prejudice to the Babalakin Committee on re-negotiation of the agreement”.

On earned allowances of the teachers, Mr. Ngige said: “Payment has started in that direction.”

Regarding registration of universities’ pension management company and pension matters, the minister said a pathway was proposed for registration of the company.

On university staff schools, which the teachers are demanding to be reopened and funded by the Federal Government as part of universities, the minister said: “Though not appealing, we have agreed that the decision should be communicated to various universities.”

On non-payment of salaries, he said government has shown commitment and evidence that payment had started in order to liquidate outstanding sums and allowances.

On the issue of Treasury Single Account, he said government made a proposal for the Central Bank of Nigeria to create a separate account for universities, while research grants will be exempted from compulsory remittance into the account.

“For issues on state universities and quality of education which concerns everybody, the Minister of Education was mandated to take a memo to the Council of State and the Federal Executive Council, “he said.

ASUU began a nationwide on August 13 to press its demands that broadly centre on improved funding of universities and welfare of lecturers.

The meeting between government and ASUU’s negotiating team where an headway was made on the strike had started at 1:38 p.m. on Thursday and ended 2:15 a.m. on Friday.

“Now we have some concrete proposal that we will take back to our members for consideration,” ASUU President, Mr. Ogunyemi, said.

On his part, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said ASUU’s demands had been addressed and the government would wait for a week for the union’s response so that the strike could be called off.


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  • DAVID DOGO

    Very unserious government. Must they wait for the entire system in the country to collapse before they take action? Now None – teaching staff have joined the strike so even when ASUU calls off theirs, school cant resume. meanwhile, the elites keep posting their children’s pictures who are graduating from various universities in the world on the social media just to insult the sensibility of the common man who has no where to run to. Nigeria, please, when can all these anomalies end?

    • bashwaziri

      Didn’t you read where it was stated that the agreement was as far back as 2009? What did the previous administration did? NOTHING

      • DAVID DOGO

        My statement not restricted to the present Government bro. We have had bad leadership right from the beginning. Worst of all, Jonathan’s regime ai.

        • bashwaziri

          Bros…… Bad governance in Nigeria is from independence to date. We need to change the system. Most especially the type of people who surround our Presidents. GEJ and PMB personally are good people, but you can’t say same for the vultures around them

  • Watch man

    ASUU must tackle govt once and for all. Resuming strike again in 9 months time on these same issues will not be good enough. The govt in Nigeria has proved untrustworthy severally and must not be believed until they are caught to the throat. Hold them down; if possible let CBN governor come to meeting that day and let the account be opened and let a monitoring committee oversee that govt fulfills its promise within three months. As unimportant as the 108 bandit senators are (who are coming up with bill to muffle free speech under the guise of hate speech) they rake in over N146bn as annual budget and education is left to suffer. This nonsense must stop.

    • Shalem Shiekuma

      Below is the breakdown of the monthly earnings of a Nigerian senator:
      NOTE: ALL ARE IN NAIRA

      Basic Salary – 2,484 245.50
      Hardship Allowance (50% of B.S) – 1 242 122.70
      Consistuency allowance (200% of B.S) – 4 968 509.00
      Furniture Allowance (300% of B.S) – 7 452 736.50
      Newspapers Allowance (50% of B.S) – 1 242 122.70
      Wardrobe Allowance (25% of B.S) – 621 061.37
      Recess Allowance (10% of B.S) – 248 424.55
      Accommodation (200% of B.S) – 4 968 509.00
      Utilities (30% of B.S) – 828 081.83
      Domestic Staff (75% of B.S) – 1 863 184.12
      Entertainment (30% of B.S) – 828 081.83
      Personal Assistance (25% of B.S) – 621 061.37
      Vehicle Maintainance Allowance (75% of B.S) – 1 863 184.12
      Leave Allowance (10% of B.S) – 248 424.55
      Severance grautity (300% of B.S) – 7 452 736.50
      Motor Vehicle Allowance (400% of B.S) – 9 936 982.00 – Every Four Years
      Senators’ salary per month – N 2 456 647.7
      Total = N 29 479 749 * 109 Senators
      Grand Total = N 3 264 329 264.10
      That is for senators only… House of reps members are not included…… it is rather unfortunate

  • Kennedy C. Okafor

    Its very unfortunate that the Government of the day is joking with our educational sector (from apparent observations), yet they send their wards to foreign schools abroad while paying lip-service. Nigerians must understand that a functional education will drastically reduce social vices like kidnapping, banditry etc. Lecturers should be paid very well just like in Germany et. al, and they should be tasked with results on yearly basis. Silicon valley is a product of institutional sincerity. ASUU should not return to classroom until there is 100% compliance. Mere MoU is no longer acceptable given the level of mistrust on the part of Government. Please, let’s make our educational system functional so as to start attracting foreign students as it was back in the days. Nigeria must work, our educational system must work. Nigeria belongs to us all! Long live Nigeria of our collective
    dreams!

  • Junior Opoke Uchenna

    The entitlement of workers should not be an issue to debate on its a right not a privilege. Has thefederal government ever debated on what to pay Governors, ministers, and president?