Update on ASUU and ASUP Strike: Chris Ngige tok FG move
Nigerian Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity is not begging ASUU and ODA university unions to suspend dia strike.
They pray for the resumption of academic activities for public universities through di kontri.
Minister Chris Ngige has appealed as leader for Abuja in the Nigerian capital due to the ongoing strike.
E say goment don start paying di minimum salary areas dem university and polytechnic teachers through di kontri.
Universities have been under lockdown since February 14 while polytechnic teachers begin a two-week strike on May 16, 2022.
Striking speakers are striking over the follow-up to dia revitalization, welfare and the implementation of the 2009 agreement with the government.
Ngige says the government will spend 34 billion naiara in the highest earning areas at minimum wage and will not start paying university and polytechnic teachers.
Latest FG action on ASUU Strike
Senator Chris Ngige, wey fil tori pipo dis wan says universities are going to get 23.5 billion naira, polytechnics 6 billion naira and colleges of education 4 billion naira.
Nigige also said the National Information Technology Development Agency would not start testing three payment platforms by Thursday.
They include the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS);
ASUU’s Di University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS);
And di University Particular Personnel Pay System (UPPPS) for non-teaching staff.
The issue of the payment system is one of the major issues between ASUU and the government.
NITDA bin says UTAS lacks integrity test and minister also said Tripartite committee meeting report this weekend
E explain in more detail advise the National Wages, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) and issue amendment circulars.
And the government is not stepping up its efforts to ensure the adjustment of salaries for conferences.
And to add that Professor Briggs’ committee does not take into account the university unions and the employer, the federal Ministry of Education.
E other thread give say after dia tok tok dem come with sometin for goment to see and make decision.
ASUP Strike Update
ASUP national president Dr Anderson Ezeibe said the union would likely return to work after a two-week strike.
The Polytechnic Academic Staff Union began a warning strike on May 16, 2022 to last until May 30, 2022.
Anderson Ezeibe says the welfare action lasts until May 30 this year.
Ezeibe says the government does not pay the minimum salaries it owes polytechnic teachers.
E dire wen dem CV, the National Executive Council will meet and consider the government’s response
And also ASUP will look at oda problems dem wey goment neva chook mouth like di moni revitalization.
I say a new strike notice will come after the NEC meeting and it will be fine with the government since they are going to strike, they are giving a positive result.
What does he ask?
- Non-release of the 15 billion revitalization fund for the sector 11 months after the approval of President Buhari am
- Non release of arrears of di new minimum wage for 10 months
- Offenses supported for the implementation of the provisions of the Federal Law on Polytechnics which are modified for 2019, such as the dismissal of the rector Auchi Polytechnic.
- Delay in appointing rectors, e.g. Kaduna Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Federal Polytechnic Offa and Federal Polytechnic Ekowe
- Non release of CONTISS 15 Migration arrears for the lower executive
- Fight for the renegotiation of the terms of service.
- Victimization of union officers for IMT Enugu and Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo wey chop sack.
Major issue for ASUU Strike
One of the major issues is blocking the negotiation between the government delegates and the ASUU over the payment platform that the ASUU insists the government should use to collect their salaries.
ASUU President Victor Emmanuel Osodeke said the National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) assumes that conducting an integrity test on the security accountability solution university transparency (UTAS) does not even give up after upgrading the payment platform.
But Labor and Productivity Minister Chris Ngige said ASUU was trying to prolong the strike by making bargaining impossible.
E explain, say why they insist on UTAS even when NITDA says integrity test fails and pipo fit commits fraud on top platform which leads to huge moni
” I spun with ASUU and NITDA to continue the test and see weda dem fit address di lapses and arrive at 100% because na wetin NITDA insists.
“They say they don’t accept 99.9% vulnerability and integrity testing and they are not fit to take this kain risk to say they are fit to hack the payment system”
“ASUU for y now don’t call off the strike because the law has taken over,” says Ngige
Ngige further says that ASUU members avoid attending the meeting where Professor Nimi Briggs’ committee on the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement was set up several times and that this committee did not completed its work and forwarded its findings to the Ministry of Education.