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ASUU STRIKE: FG Mortgaging Future of Nigerian Students: CoalCity Youth Council

A youth organization known as CoalCity Youth Council (C.Y.C) has has said that Nigerian Government together with ASUU are frustrating the future of Nigerian Students following the nine months industrial action.

The Council through her National President, Comrade Ifebuchi Chime made this known in Enugu while arguing that, the educational system in Nigeria today is in bad shape unlike what was obtainable in early 70s, 80s, down to 90s.

He reiterated this while examining the efforts made by both Federal Government of Nigeria and Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, as they failed to reach an agreement towards calling off the ever prolonged industrial action in Nigeria which has hampered academic activities in all our Federal Institutions in the past nine months. As he described the failed process a waste of time and resources.

Chime, while issuing an appraisal on this fruitless efforts so far, opined it is quite unfortunate and disheartening to see this unbalancing gimmick games been played on the future of Nigerian students after the Minister of Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige announced 9th of December 2020 as the end point to the lingered strike without reaching a concrete agreement with the body of ASUU.

“Let this be sent to both bodies, especially Federal Government of Nigeria. CYC cannot afford to fold their arms as a Government and watch the future of our youths and their academic life run into ruinous. Something meaningful should be done to enable our future leaders return back to classrooms. Nigeria students are bearing the pains while two big elephants are fighting”, he noted.

The National President of the Council also emphasised that, it is the duty and responsibility of our Government to provide quality and good educational system as he charged FG to look into the recent agreement reached with the University teachers, such as full payment of six to nine months withheld salaries and check-off dues of ASUU members. Also, the N40 billion earned academic allowance and N30 billion funding for revitalisation which was supposed to be remitted since 11th day of December, 2020 based on the agreement reached with representatives of both parties.

ASUU To Call Off Strike As FG Exempts Union From IPPIS, Offers N65bn To Varsities

The Federal Government on Friday agreed to exempt the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System pending when the university lecturers will complete the development of its own payment platform- the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

The government also agreed to ASUU’s demand to pay their members’ salary arrears from February to June through the old salary payment platform – the Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System.

After weeks of negotiations and foot – dragging, the government offered to raise the Earned Academic Allowances to university staff from N30bn to N35bn and the revitalisation fund from N20bn to N25bn.

Cumulatively, the government, through the Accountant – General of the Federation, offered the lectures N65 billion to call off their eight – month old strike.

The government also shifted grounds on a number of issues, including the insistence that all the academic staff of the federal universities must be paid through the IPPIS platform.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, who read out the communique at the end of a seven-hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja, the funds will be shared by all the registered Trade Unions in the universities after providing necessary evidence of having earned the allowance.

“Responding to the demand for immediate payment of 50% of the initial amount allotted for the purpose (revitalisation) which translates to N110 billion, the FG stated that this is not possible because of paucity of funds.

“The government however, offered to pay N25 billion based on the Memorandum of Action (MoA) of 7th February, 2019 signed with ASUU or in the alternative, urged ASUU to accept N30 billion with the reduction in the earlier Earned Allowances.

Between the revitalisation and earned allowances, the FG has offered a cumulative sum of N65 billion.

“The Accountant – General of the Federation offered to immediately release N40 billion or in the alternative N35 billion to be shared by all the registered Trade Unions in the universities after providing the necessary evidence of having earned the allowance.

“The FG reiterated that her offer of N40 billion or 35 billion whichever is accepted by ASUU was for all the universities unions: ASUU had proposed that N40 billion be paid immediately for all unions ,” the communique said.

The breakthrough in negotiations is expected to end the eight-month strike embarked on by the university lecturers.

Before the new offer by government, ASUU had demanded N110 billion for revitalisation which should be paid in tranches.
The union also told the government that the N30 billion EAA was for only ASUU members, a position the government rejected, citing lack of funds to meet ASUU’s financial demands.

On his part, ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said that the union has received the new proposals by the federal government and that it will go and consult with it’s organs before taking a position.

“I don’t really have much to say as the minister had said it all. Government has given us offers and we have promised to go back to our organs to brief them and then come back to government. We acknowledge that progress has been made,” he said.
Ogunyemi said that ASUU will need till Friday next week to meet with its organs before reverting to government.

The meeting was therefore adjourned till next Friday.

The Nation