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The real reason ASUU and FG meetings have stalled

ASUU said there was no way workers whose salaries have been withheld for months could return to work without being paid.

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ASUU gives conditions to call off its nationwide strike action

The recent meeting between ASUU and the Federal Government to end the lingering strike action was stalled because the Federal government unilaterally refused to pay the withheld salaries through other legitimate means than Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

From the onset, ASUU had vehemently opposed the use of IPPIS which was approved by the government. During the meeting with the FG, represented by the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, there was deadlock on reaching a mutual agreement on how to pay the outstanding salaries owed the lecturers, as most lecturers are yet to be on the IPPIS platform.

According to the National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, there was no way workers whose salaries have been withheld for months could be convinced to return to work without being paid. In his words,

“The first step to resolving the impasse is for the government to pay the withheld salaries of our members. It is between four and eight months. You cannot tell a person whose salaries have been seized unjustifiably to go back to work. Moreover, the salaries must be paid through the normal channel,”

As most members of the ASUU members are not yet on the IPPIS platform, the ASUU boss said the government should know better how to handle them.

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According to him, “Doing that would help in resolving other issues and make things return to normal. But for the government to insist on IPPIS, there may be trouble still. They are yet to enroll over 70 percent of our members on IPPIS.

“It will take them between three to six months to do so. They are setting a booby trap saying we should enroll on IPPIS first and then they will migrate us to our own University Transparency and Accountability System – UTAS; that is even uneconomical when UTAS can be used to enroll us in a very short time”

What you should know

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ASUU has been on strike since March 2020 over some issues such as:

  • Payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAE).
  • Revitalization of the university system
  • setting up Visitation Panels to universities.
  • Fulfilling conditions included in the 2004 agreement reached between the two sides amongst others.

ASUU and the FG have held several meetings which have always been deadlocked, as a result of disagreement over the payment channel for the ASUU members.

It is believed that the large turn-out witnessed at the hijacked #EndSARS protests across the country was made possible as a result of the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU).

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  1. Anonymous

    November 2, 2020 at 8:16 am

    We beg ASUU to actually see reason to reconsider some things at this point in time and go back to classes while dialogue continues

  2. Bernard Ubi Ewoh

    November 4, 2020 at 9:07 am

    We live in a country where the leader’s don’t value education, for the voulnorable simply because they have attained it.
    Students are in various home, all because of ASSU strike and when the protest was mentioned, 50% of the people were and are still students.
    I didn’t know too much, but from my little observation, the Nigeria government can do just three things and everywhere will be calm.
    1. Open the boarders
    2. Fuel price to #60-70
    3. Settle ASSU for schools to resume.
    Just in 24hours the government can do it,and peace will retain.

  3. Anonymous

    November 10, 2020 at 8:25 am

    I think one side should succumb,assu must succumb to the federal government there are not even creating job apportunities to the young graduates they are stingy, because must of them are working in more than three Universities so plead with them to join IPPIS and help us the students out we are suffering

    • Otti Chris

      November 11, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      Federal Government’s body languange shows that they are insensitive to the plights of the parents, students and the nation at large with respect to educational development in the country because neither their children nor themselves acquire education here in Nigeria. So, it doesn’t matter to them whether the students are out of school for 100 years. They are self-centred set of people. Successive governments in Nigeria are insincere and always renege on their agreement with university based and other unions. How much do lecturers earn even from their so-called multiple appointments when compared to what the politicians loot from the national treasury. My view is that government should bend and meet all the demands of ASUU for schools to re-open. I am no longer a youth but I know that they will not take it kindly with the political elites when they rise to protest again.

  4. Otti Chris

    November 11, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    The body language of the federal government shows clearly that they most insensitive and careless about the plight of Nigerians with respect to the state of educational development in the country because none of them (the political elites and government officials acquire their education from Nigeria. So, it doesn’t matter to them whether students are out of school for 100 years because they are self centred. Only God knows what will happen if the youths’patience gets exhausted and they embark on another round of protest. The government of the day is very greedy and inconsiderate as well as non-proactive. As greedy as they are, they don’t want lecturers to be at least comfortable knowing fully well that their (lecturers’) earnings even from their so-called multiple appointments, cannot be compared to the politicians’legitimate earnings let alone their looting Successive Nigerian governments are most insincere and so renege on every agreement entered with university-based and every other unions for that matter. Government should implement the agreements legitimately and willingly entered with the unions for peace to reign and for schools to re-open. It is high time government stopped meddling with the future of Nigerian youths. Let them pay the lecturers through UTAS platform.

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Exited N-Power beneficiaries to apply for CBN empowerment options

A portal to enable Exited N-Power beneficiaries apply for CBN empowerment options has been launched by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs.

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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has launched a portal enabling exited N-Power beneficiaries to apply for CBN empowerment options.
This was disclosed by the Ministry in a social media statement on Friday evening.
According to the press release by the Ministry, “The platform which was developed in collaboration with the CBN will enable Exited N-Power Beneficiaries to log on and apply for the various economic, empowerment, and entrepreneurship options provided by the CBN.”
The statement which was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Bashir Nura Alkali, quoted the Honourable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq urging interested Exited Beneficiaries of N- Power to log on to the portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into the various CBN intervention options.
The Minister also emphasized that the NEXIT PORTAL will determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs.
“The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs,” she said.
Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.

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Nigeria’s University lecturers union, ASUU, calls off 8-month strike

ASUU called off its eight-month long strike that has grounded academic activities in the public universities.

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called off its eight-month-long strike that has grounded academic activities in the public universities. The union took the decision after it agreed to accept government’s total payment of N70 billion.

The was disclosed by ASUU via its Twitter handle on Friday after its meeting with the Federal Government’s team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

It tweeted, “The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has shifted ground on FG’s offer. The Union insisted that payment of outstanding salaries must not be done as through the IPPIS platform as promised, if strike would be suspended.”

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Terrorism: Nigeria records 39.1% reduction in deaths – GTI Report

Nigeria has recorded a 39.1% reduction in terror-related deaths, according to the 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report.

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The 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report, published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), based in the United States, indicates that terrorism incidents in Nigeria fell by 27% in 2019.

This represents the lowest level of terrorism in Nigeria since 2011, with terrorism deaths in Nigeria reduced to 1,245 last year – a 39.1% dip from the 2,043 deaths recorded in 2018.

Despite the overall decline in terrorism in Nigeria last year, the country is still ranked as the third most impacted country in the world by terrorism, a position it has maintained for five consecutive years since 2015.

According to the latest annual GTI report, Afghanistan and Iraq are respectively the first and second most affected countries by terrorism.

Highlights of the report

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  • The decline in both terrorism incidents and deaths in Nigeria is attributed to a significant reduction in violence by armed Fulani herdsmen.
  • The armed herdsmen are being held accountable for majority of terror-related deaths in 2018, with the latest GTI report showing a 72% decline in fatalities attributed to the herdsmen last year.
  • Terror-related deaths and incidents attributed to Boko Haram in Nigeria increased by 25% and 30% respectively from the prior year.
  • Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019.
  • Globally, deaths from terrorism fell in 2019 to 13,826. This represents a 15% dip from the previous year and the fifth consecutive year of decline since peaking in 2014.
  • Conflict remains the primary driver of terrorism, with over 96% of deaths from terrorism in 2019 occurring in countries that are already in conflict.

What you should know

  • GTI report is published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) based in the United States.
  • The GTI report, now in its eighth year, ranks 135 countries according to how they are impacted by terrorism. The indicators used by the GTI include the number of terrorist incidents, fatalities, injuries and property damage.
  • Boko Haram, the deadliest terrorist group in Nigeria ranks second in the world, behind the Taliban in Afghanistan.
  • There are 63 countries in 2019 that recorded at least one death from a terrorist attack and 17 countries that recorded over 100 deaths from terrorism. However, only Afghanistan and Nigeria recorded over 1,000 deaths and both countries had significant reductions in the number of people killed in 2019.
  • Globally, the report estimates the economic impact of violence, including military, homicide, incarceration and terrorism to be $14.5 trillion in 2019. This is the equivalent of 10.6% of global GDP. The global economic impact of terrorism alone was estimated to be $26.4 billion last year.
  • There are emerging new threats of politically-induced terrorism in North America, Western Europe, and Oceania, though with minimal fatalities.

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