Welcome to Naija News compilation of the latest news on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike for today, 10th July 2022.
Naija News reports that universities lecturers have been on strike since February 14, 2022 over unresolved issues with the federal government.
Some of their demands include improved welfare for lecturers, revitalisation fund for public universities, implementation of the 2009 agreement, and dropping the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) for the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).
The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke, has tackled the Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, over his comment on the ongoing strike.
Naija News earlier reported that Keyamo during an interview on Channels TV on Friday accused ASUU of being unrealistic with their demands.
He stated that the government will not be blackmailed by ASUU to borrow money to pay the striking members of ASUU amidst cash shortages, when other sectors of the economy also need attention.
According to Keyamo, ASUU should be begged to shelve their strike so the members can return to work, students can resume studies and the nation’s public universities can be re-opened.
Speaking during an appearance on Channels Television on Monday, Osodeke expressed disappointment at the comments made by the minister on the union’s ongoing strike.
Osodeke said that the union embarked on the strike over the imminent collapse of Nigerian public universities and not over the welfare of lecturers.
Parents, on the platform of the National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), have revealed why they will not beg members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The parents stated this while reacting to the call of the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, calling on them to beg ASUU.
According to NAPTAN, they will only consider begging the union if the government considers the reports of the various committees set up to look into the demands of the union.
NAPTAN spoke through its National President, Haruna Danjuma, in a chat with Vanguard on Sunday
The group said, “Let the Federal Government consider all the reports of the various committees it set up to negotiate with ASUU.
“There was a committee led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, among numerous committees.
“There has never been a time when parents are involved in the negotiation.”
Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has berated the Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of claiming to take some action to end the strike.
ASUU has asked the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN), to list some of the actions taken by the present administration to end the ongoing industrial action.
Recall that Keyamo had accused ASUU of being unrealistic with their demands.
Speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Friday, he stated that the government can’t borrow money to pay the striking members of ASUU amidst cash shortages when other sectors of the economy also need attention.
According to Keyamo, ASUU should be begged to shelf their strike so the members can return to work, students can resume studies and the nation’s public universities can be re-opened.
He had said, “Let them go back to classes. They are not the only one in Nigeria. They are not the only ones feeding from the federal purse. The nation cannot grind to a halt because we want to take care of the demands of ASUU.”
Reacting in an interview with The PUNCH, the National President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke accused the Minister of not having the interest of Nigerians at heart.
He wondered how Keyamo who was an activist fighting against policies of the government would not “turned around to fight the Nigerian people.”