Eight Months And Counting, ASUU Strike Still Continues: All Nigerian Students Should Take Note of This …
Eight-months and counting, ASUU strike still continues, the meeting with some federal government officials and the union on Wednesday ended in another deadlock. But the minister Dr Chris Ngigi has stated some few things of note concerning the present ASUU strike.
On Wednesday, the minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngigi said they the federal government was addressing the strike by ASUU in a way that all other unions will be carried along. He used the word Holistically.
During his defence of the budget to his sector, the senators present expressed concerns towards the 8 months lingering strike action by the academic staff union of universities. Here the minister told the committee that the FG has already met most of the demands of the union.
He said that five out of the eight demands tables by the union have been met be the federal government. He also said that, presently, N50 billion have been made available per ASUU demand. In this; N20 billion is alocated to the revitalisation of universities and the other N30 billion was for the earned academic allowances.
He also said that one major issue at hand is that, ASUU wants the N30 billion for themselves alone, excluding other entitled educational unions such as NASU, SSANU and NAAT.
According to the minister’s statement last night, FG cannot ignore the other unions, he said that even if ASUU call off strike, academic activities will still be obstructed as unions responsible for lecture rooms, libraries, laboratories will close their section down.
The other issue is that of IPPIS which the striking union has kicked against saying it would erode university autonomy. They brought out their own UTAS method and it is been. Analysed.
The minister also. Pointed out some advantages of IPPIS like; it has exposed those who do not pay taxes, and those who are being underpaid. Other unions have also brought out their own payment system and have faulted that of ASUU too. We are going to met again soon, to further discuss.
Problems and issues upon issues, they keep meeting the the strike keeps getting longer and longer, few weeks till 2021 and still no headway.
Nigeria Maritime University Snubs ASUU, Announces Resumption Date
The committee of Deans at it meeting held on Tuesday 10th November 2020 approved the following for the implementation as the official academic calendar for the 2019/2020 academic session
1) Monday 19th October to 27th November, 2020: First semester lectures continue
2) Monday 30th November to Friday 4th December, 2020: Lecture free week(revision)
3) Monday 7th to Friday 18th December, 2020: First semester examination
4) Friday 18th December, 2020: First semester break
5) Sunday 10th January,2021: Second semester begins
6) Monday 11th January to Fiday March 19th 2021: Second semester lectures resume
7) Monday 22nd to 26th March,2021: Lecture free week revision
8) Monday 22nd to Friday March 16th April,2021: Second semester Examination
9) Sunday 18th April, 2021: second semester break
Post Covid-19: IBBU Rumours Increased School Fees Ahead of Resumption
The state owned university of Niger state Nigeria, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida University, Lapai Niger state may move to increase the tuition of the the institution as the management commenced process to do so. This is as a result of the irresponsiveness and negligence of the state government towards the development institution.
This was made known by the Student Union Government (SUG) president of the institution, Comrade Alhaji Baba popularly known as Elomi during an interview with Newsbreed media on campus.
According to Elomi “While to be honest with you, it is a battle and struggle we are into for quite some time now just to ensure we halt the entire proposal”
The president further said the situation on the school fees hiking is a difficult one to interfere as the management is currently desperate because of its financial capacity and the state government nonchalant attitude to the school.
However, Elomi further made it known that the Student Union Government is not relenting towards the matter and is making effort to ensure moderation and prevent enormous hiking of the school fees which may overwhelm students, parents and guardians.
He made it known that the Students’ interest remain a priority and the SUG is making an appeal to the management to put students into consideration in the process of hiking in order not to devastate some students.
He further stated that the Internal industrial action by the ASUU IBBU Faction is still on as the problem to the lingering strike is not settled yet.
On the side of the ASUU IBBU Chapter, the chairman of the Union faction Dr Kudu Dangana told Newsbreed that the ASUU internal strike is very much active but they’ve received effort in suspending the strike soon.
Dr Kudu stated that effort are being made by the new council of the institution in the recent meetings held so far in order to forward their demands to the Government.
The ASUU chairman further emphasized that the faction may call her members back to class if the state government meet their demands even prior the national body of ASUU calling off the ongoing strike national strike.
He finally stressed that the IBBU-ASUU will continue strike if the state government fails to meet up to her demand even though the national body call off the strike.