ASUU agreed to suspend the Strike for two weeks

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at 12:58 AM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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All the chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Universities [ASUU] that met in various campuses across the country yesterday to deliberate on the fate of their four-month old strike action recommended that it be suspended for two weeks to enable a final agreement to be reached with the Federal Government. Their recommendations are expected to guide the ASUU National Executive Committee [NEC] meeting on Friday, when it meets to decide on the fate of the marathon strike action.

ASUU’s NEC had met at the University of Abuja campus on Monday night and directed all its chapters to hold emergency congresses and choose from among three options. Option 1 was for the strike to be called off. Option 2 was for it to be suspended for two weeks to enable the leadership to conclude an agreement with the Federal Government on the remaining knotty issues. Option was to reject the tentative agreement reached with government officials and peace brokers at the weekend and to continue with the strike until all ASUU’s demands are met.

However, our reporters gathered yesterday that ASUU congresses held at the campuses of Bayero University, Kano, University of Abuja, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Benue State University, Makurdi, Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, University of Port Harcourt and the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt all recommended the second option to the union’s NEC.

Our reporters also learnt that congress meetings are scheduled to hold this morning at the University of Maiduguri, the Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto as well as the University of Jos to take a position on the strike. Congresses were also held yesterday at the University of Lagos, the Lagos State University [LASU] and the University of Benin, but our reporters could not get a clear picture of the decisions reached. At the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, university of Illorin and the Gombe State University, Gombe, no meetings were scheduled because those ASUU chapters are not participating in the strike. Similarly, lecturers at the Kaduna State University, Kaduna suspended their strike action and resumed work last Wednesday.

A lecturer at the University of Maiduguri told our reporter last night that the overwhelming feeling among the teachers there is for the strike to be called off. He said the four months’ duration of the strike had sapped support for it among the lecturers, coupled with the effect of the no-work-no-pay rule implemented by government.

Lecturers of the University of Port Harcourt demanded in their resolution that government should give priority them whenever there is going to be a national salary review in the country. They demanded an enhanced African benchmark on salary, saying “We want to be among the top three best paid university lecturers on the continent.’’ They also demanded that the appointment of all Vice Chancellors should be the exclusive preserve of the Governing Councils.

ASUU chairman at the Benue State University (BSU) Mr. Ralph Amokaha told Daily Trust that “Ordinarily, we would not have wanted to go back until our demands are met. But following the intervention of prominent Nigerians like Governor Adams Oshiomhole and Speaker Dimeji Bankole, the congress of ASUU-BSU decided for the option to suspend the strike for two weeks. We are doing this for people watching to see that ASUU is bending to government wishes again. Let them rubbish us by doing what they want like they have always done. If by chance they decided to be honourable, then good.”

 University of Agriculture in Makurdi (UAM) ASUU Chairman Mr. Amine Daniel said “In our branch, we have accepted that we should call off the strike for two weeks. Within those two weeks, we expect government would have completed negotiation and signing of the agreement.” He however added that “if these conditions are fulfilled at the end of this two weeks period, we will meet and call off strike. But if they do not at the end of the two weeks, the strike will resume full blast. That is our decision”.

 In Lagos however, the chairmen of UNILAG and LASU kept mum on the outcome of their meetings, saying they would communicate their reports to the national executive council at its next meeting billed for Abuja on Friday. Unilag ASUU’s Dr. Kabir Olusegun Akinyemi and LASU ASUU’s Dr. Ayo Olowe both said their report is sacred and not meant for the public until a final decision is made on Friday.

University  of  Benin  branch  ASUU chairman  Kenneth  Kassidu  Ilavbare  told  Daily Trust  in  Benin  that  there  is  an  instruction  from  the  national  body  not  to  talk  to  the  press  until  after  Friday,  when  the  National  body  is  expected  to  make  a  statement  on  the  ongoing  strike  action. Even though   academic  activities  were  disrupted  by  the  strike  action,  it  did  not  stop  the  Post University  Matriculation  Examination  [PUME]  as  over   5000  candidates  sat  for  the  PUME  test  in  September.

The  institutions  ASUU  however  kicked  against  the  conduct  of  post  JAMB  while  the  strike  was  on the strike  also failed to  stop  the  Uniben Senate  from  meeting  and  electing  an  acting  Vice  Chancellor.   

In Minna, the ASUU chairman Dr Babatope Alabadan told Daily Trust that the chapter backs a 2-week suspension but awaits the outcome of deliberations between the national body and the federal government. Our reporter also learnt in Minna that members of the Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities [NASU] plan to stage a peaceful demonstration in the city today to call for equal treatment with its ASUU counterparts.  The source said the protest will be marked by a peaceful match in the state capital where its members are expected to wield placards calling for conditions of service similar to those granted ASUU members.

Chairman of ASUU at Bayero University, Kano Dr Abdullahi Baffa also refused to discuss his chapter’s position, saying only the NEC can take a final decision. Baffa, a Mathematics lecturer, said their decision had already been forwarded to the NEC. Daily Trust however learnt that the chapter voted to back the two-week’ suspension option.


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TGod at 07:00 AM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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Hey man. I praye the do this ontime. I'm tired of all this.

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TGod at 07:00 AM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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Hey man. I praye the do this ontime. I'm tired of all this.

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Agatex at 09:30 AM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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MAKE THEM TRY AGREE WELL WELL
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Uzzy at 09:31 AM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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t hasnt bin confirmed so we have to stil wait.........xpect the unexpected

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harrywax_224 at 11:50 AM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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GOD help us
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austinkayd at 12:02 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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We dey expect them now make dey call off ooo, we don tire
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buston at 01:03 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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it is time to face exams, hope there will be no malpractice because its not our fault
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tetmosol at 02:54 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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Well I read the same thing today, but my pray is that after going for this second option make we no later regret oooo
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orland at 03:46 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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e still dey ooooooo maybe feb next year
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davesawn at 03:48 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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men guys they old for house make them do that fast make we enter skool
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Pakudu at 04:08 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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we hope and pray that evrything will work well. suspension is not same as call off. all we want is for the strike to be cal off.
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ceto-C at 04:35 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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thank God for that but i think thats not all *suspending* and *calling off* are not the same i pray the FG meet up b4 next week so that they will call it off once and for all.
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iify at 05:26 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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hi guys am new here but its wonderful how quike youu get the news boy am happy to join
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TGod at 05:26 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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Guys what do you all say we should do to this ppl. They are westing our time. If say i dey yanki dey sch i 4don grad. I the grow muscles 4this ppl o!

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ceejay58 at 07:55 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: Uzzy on 09:31 AM,  9 Oct 09
t hasnt bin confirmed so we have to stil wait.........xpect the unexpected

i dont see say e no even dey ur mind again to go back, abi?...... Grin
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ceejay58 at 07:57 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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Quote from: iify on 05:26 PM,  9 Oct 09
hi guys am new here but its wonderful how quike youu get the news boy am happy to join


lucky u...... meanwhile this is Naijapals.
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ceejay58 at 08:01 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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look both suspension and call-off we no want again.  just let the strike continues.... Wink Lips Sealed
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Minidet at 09:02 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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Pack your books and bags and get ready to go back to school... Grin
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ceto-C at 09:31 PM, 9 Oct 09 (8 years ago)
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hey guyz how can i chat with someone online?please.
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