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EDUCATION NEWS :: 8 reasons why university lecturers must go on strike

On Tuesday, August 30, the Academic Staff Union of

Universities (ASUU) issued a warning to the federal

government on a planned nationwide strike.

ASUU

The union said the warning for the strike is a push for

its demand for the implementation of it 2009

agreement with the Nigerian government.

Also, during a meeting with journalists in Abuja on

July 18, the ASUU president Biodun Ogunyemi listed

major issues the federal government is yet to honour

in the agreement.

Ogunyemi had said: “Comrades and compatriots, our

union is seriously worried about a number of issues

emanating from the 2009 agreement and

subsequently, the 2013 memorandum of

understanding with the federal government which have

remained unaddressed.”

kinzwap new$ has gathered eight of the major issues and

demand made by ASUU.

These demands, the federal government of Nigeria is

yet to honour might as well lead to another prolonged

strike by university lecturers.

Below are the issues:
1. Earned academic allowances (EAA):

In efforts to resolve the June/ November crisis in

2013 between FG and ASUU, the Nigerian

government through an Agreement Implementation

Committee promised the union a payment of an

outstanding balance of N128.25 billion ( N65.83

billion between 2009 and 2013, and N62.41 between

2014 and 2016).

However, the union has said that the government has

not paid “a kobo” beyond an initial N30 billion it paid

university staff as part of EAA in 2013 – a clear

breach of a Memorandum of Understanding signed by

both parties.

2. Funding of Universities:

The union said based on the FGN-ASUU MoU of

November 2013, the Nigerian government was in

arrears of N495 billion as at first quarter of 2016 in

respect to the Needs Assessment Funds for the

Revitalization of Public Universities.

“As at that moment, all Nigerian universities were in a

state of serious funding crisis, which is becoming

worse,” Ogunyemi had said.

Graduating students of Lagos State University

He also said that as at then almost all public

universities had started experiencing reduction in their

personnel cost.

The FG in the MoU promised to gradually work

towards 26% budgetary allocation recommended by

the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural

Organization (UNESCO).

This promise is yet to be fulfilled rather budgetary

allocation to education has dropped from 12% to 11%

and the 8% in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

3. Staff salaries:

Contrary to the provisions of the FGN-ASUU

agreement, the federal government is yet to address

the issue of salaries – shortfall in university lecturers’

salaries and non-payment of salaries in staff primary

schools since December 2015.

FG in its promise said it will address the salary issues

with regards to the passage of the budget; this is yet

to be fulfilled.

4. Antics of the state governments:

Also, ASUU while decrying the under funding of

Nigerian public universities said the state-owned

universities have become worse over the years.

Ogunyemi had said: “State governments have been

neglecting universities that they established; and some

state governors are going ahead to establish new ones

while those brought to life by their predecessors in

office are neglected to rot and die.

“Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Igwoye and Ladoke

Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho have

not received subvention from the owner governments

for upward of nine months,” he had said.

Ogunyemi also said that academics at the Niger Delta

University are owned nothing less than five months

salaries.

He said the union will not hesitate to defend the rights

of citizens to the right to education guaranteed by the

Nigerian Constitution.

5. TSA and University Autonomy:

Following the implementation of the Treasury Single

Account (TSA), ASUU lamented difficulties federal

universities faces to discharge its core responsibilities –

teaching, research, community service and engaging in

international academic networking.

                     President of Nigeria


The union said the TSA is incompatible with the
autonomy of universities and that universities should
be exempted from the implementation on account of
peculiarities of the institutions.
6. Renegotiation of the 2009 FGN-ASUU
agreement
ASUU has also lamented government’s reluctance to set
its negotiating team for the review of the 2009
agreement.
The union said since 2012, it has consistently called on
the federal government to constitute its own committee
team members.
7. Amendment of JAMB, NUC and National Minimum
Standards and Establishment of Institutions Acts of
2004:
The 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement recognized the
need to amend the 2004 Acts of the Joint Admissions
and Matriculation Board, National Universities
Commission and National Minimum Standards and
Establishment of Institutions Acts.
Also both government and the union teams approved

appropriate dates for consideration by lawmakers.

However; the process has been stalled after the end of

the seventh Assembly under the leadership of Uche

Chukwumerije who was the chairman of the National

Assembly committee on education.

8.Pension:

Like other agreements, ASUU lamented that the

Pension Reform Act 2014 does not conform to the

FGN-ASUU 2009 agreement which allows professors

and associate professors to retire at the age of 70 with

their salaries.

The union also said the PENCOM management

refused to acknowledge and look into its application for

the licencing of Nigerian Universities Pension

Management Committee. This too, is yet to be

honoured.

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