STRIKE: ASUU ABU Chapter Rejects All Proposals by Government

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The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) Ahmadu Bello University Chapter has unanimously rejected all the proposals of the Federal Government as presented to the National Strike Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in its last outing.

The chapter also strongly urges the NSCC to ensure that all matters that led to the current strike action are pursued to a logical conclusion.

ASUU ABU Chapter Rejects All Proposals Of Government

This was part of the resolutions reached at the ASUU ABU congress meeting held on 19th October, 2020 at Mamman Kontagora Square, Samaru Main Campus, Zaria.

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The Emergency Congress Meeting was held to deliberate on issues bordering on the Federal Government proposal relating to the current National strike action.

According to a statement jointly signed by the branch chairman, Prof Rabiu Nasiru, and Secretary Hussein A. Abdullahi, the Congress also commended the National Strike Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and reaffirmed its position to support the committee in pursuing the current strike action.

The Abusites reports that the same meeting was held at other chapters across the country. More chapters are expected to submit their decision. Final Action will be presented by ASUU Chairman next tomorrow based on the majority votes.

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Recall that the federal government negotiating team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, had on Thursday, October 15, 2020, met with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a bid to end the over six months strike by the university lecturers.

After about four hours of engagement between both parties, Dr. Chris Ngige, and President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, told newsmen that the two parties will reconvene at a later date after the union has deliberated with its National Executive Council, NEC.

Part of the resolutions reached was the immediate release by the Federal Government of N30 billion as part payment of the Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

According to Sen. Chris Ngige, “The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) was committed to releasing N30 billion on or before Nov. 6.

“The remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022 respectively. The OAGF should quickly conclude the verification of figures of EAA claims so as to clean up the figures from 2014 to 2020.

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“To this end, a committee would be constituted by NUC to develop a template that would capture all the agreed allowances in the 2009 Agreement for all the Unions in the Universities.” He said

On the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) which is the major born of contention, the meeting was informed that ASUU has met its timeline regarding the first stage of the initial demonstration of the efficacy of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to government.

The meeting agreed that if UTAS passed all the integrity test, which involve the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), it would be adopted for the payment of the University staff.

Meanwhile the meeting could not agree on how payment would be done for ASUU members during the transitional period of UTAS tests.

Also on the issue of withheld salaries of ASUU members, the meeting agreed that Government will pay this money as soon as the mode of payment is agreed upon by both parties.

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The meeting was a follow-up to an earlier one summoned by the Senate Leadership. The meeting, chaired by Senate President Ahmed Lawan, also had in attendance, the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, and the ASUU leadership led by the President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi.

The Senate President, Lawan, told the meeting that the current impasse between ASUU and the federal government was an ill-wind that would not do any of the two parties any good and asked both parties to find a middle ground to resolve their differences.

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