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The Academic Staff Union of () has called on well-meaning Nigerians to caution the Federal Government to honour its agreement with the union to forestall further industrial crisis in the nation’s tertiary sector.

The union’s , Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi made the call in an with the News Agency of (NAN) on Sunday in .

Recall that the union’s National Executive Committee (NEC) had at the end of its meeting at the Federal of Technical Akure (FUTA) in Ondo, on Nov. 4, 2018, declared a ‘total, comprehensive and indefinite’ nationwide strike.

The strike, was however suspended on Feb. 7, after series of negotiations between the parties and other concerned stakeholders.

But Ogunyemi told NAN on Sunday that “Government has not kept faith with our MOA signed on February 7.

“What government ought to have done, they do not want to do any more. They have literally gone to sleep.

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“For instance they had promised before the suspension of the strike, to set up visitation panel to our universities within two weeks and three months after government has not done anything in that regard.

“At least not to my knowledge that they had put any panel in place nor inaugurate any.

“By February 28 of this year, government had promised to pay the union, N25 billion part payment of outstanding arrears of the EARN academic allowances.

“Our renegotiation with Dr Wale Babalakin had promised to put us in a more cordial path with fair guidelines when we cone back to the renegotiation table but now, there seem to be no change of attitude on the side of government.”

According to him, the union has a timeframe attached to every action, hence the current call for caution on the part of government.

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He explained that government had told the union that the funds had been approved, but Ogunyemi said that there was a huge difference between approval of such funds and its implementation.

He said that three months after the said approval, the funds were yet to get to the union.

“Our members have begun to express doubts about government’s to fulfill its pledge faithfully.

“And when this pressure begins to mount there is nothing the leadership can do because leadership must hearken to the voice of followers.

“The point is that we are not keen about disrupting the academic calendar. What we are doing is to express our worries and carry the public along.

“So, Nigerians must come out now and speak to government concerning all these things raised to maintain the current precarious industrial stability on our campuses ” he said.

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He said that though the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu had assured the union that the payment would soon be done, but he expressed concern that time was of essence his members nationwide. (NAN)

 

Source: thenationalonlineng

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FG and ASUU disagree on payment platform for N30bn allowances

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The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of have again disagreed on the payment platform which will be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30 billion earned allowance of  lecturers.

 

While the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform at the meeting which ended in a deadlock on Wednesday October 22,  delegation led by its National , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi reportedly insisted that lecturers would not enrol on the government salary platform.

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It is expected that both parties will reconvene on Monday October 26, to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG.

 

Recall that the federal government had agreed to pay N40 billion, being the pending Earned Academic Allowance of the university teachers overdue since November 2019. N30 billion would be paid on or before November 6, while the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022.

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#EndSARS: Again, NECO reschedules exam

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Again , the National Examinations Council has announced the rescheduling of the papers meant for Thursday , Friday and Saturday , attributing it to circumstances beyond its control .
This would be the second time NECO would be rescheduling the examination this week , the first being on Sunday .
The organisation said the affected papers would now be scheduled for November 17 , 18 and 2020 , while the timetable for the papers would be made available subsequently.
NECO Head of Information and Public Relations Division , Azeez Sani , made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday evening
He said, “ This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that NECO has been constrained by circumstances beyond its control , to reschedule the papers meant for Thursday 22 October 2020 , Friday 23 October 2020 and Saturday 24 October 2020 .
“ The affected papers are now scheduled for November 17 , 18 and 19 2020 . The examination time table for these papers will be made available subsequently.These changes were due to the security challenges , which led to the imposition of curfew and closure of schools by some state governments, in order to safeguard lives and properties. In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the council to move examination materials across the country .
“ The council prays that the examinations will continue on Tuesday 27 October 2020 , all things being equal, with the papers as originally scheduled in the examination time table . Any inconvenience caused is highly regretted .”

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