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SSANU , NASU To Begin 14 – Day Nationwide Warning Strike On Monday

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The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities(SSANU) and the Non- Academic Staff Union(NASU) have declared a warning strike that will commence next Monday, October 5, and last 14 days across public universities nationwide.
This was just as the federal government announced the reopening of all schools including universities six months after their closure due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The two groups jointly declared the industrial action on Friday on the platform of the Joint Action Committee(JAC).
Addressing newsmen shortly after their joint congress held at the University of Lagos(Akoka), the chairmen of SSANU and NASU of UNILAG branch, Messrs Olusola Sowunmi and Kehinde Ajibade, respectively said the strike is general and involve all public universities in the country.
They said the action is a directive from the national leadership of the two unions to all their branches nationwide.
They said they took the decision to press home their demands on contentious issues from the federal government.
They listed them to non-payment of arrears of their national minimum wage for 10 months, inconsistency in the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System(IPPIS), non-payment of arrears of their earned allowance since 2012, non-showing of seriousness in renegotiating their 2009 agreement, neglect and poor funding of state universities, corruption and non-constitution of visitation panels as well as a usurpation of headship in non-academic matters by the academic staff as the contentious issues.
They said they are ready to commence on a full-blown and total strike should government fail to address these issues while their warning strike lasted.

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President Buhari Suspends EndSARS Protests Nationwide

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images 2020 10 23T104409.909 President Buhari Suspends EndSARS Protests Nationwide

24. I therefore call on our youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage government in finding solutions. Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding.
25. And I call on all Nigerians to go about their normal businesses, and enjoin security agencies to protect lives and properties of all law abiding citizens without doing harm to those they are meant to protect. Let me pay tribute to officers of the Nigeria Police Force who have tragically lost their lives in the line of duty.
27. This government respects and will continue to respect all the democratic rights and civil liberties of the people, but it will not allow anybody or groups to disrupt the peace of our nation.

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FG & ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform , Again

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images 2020 10 23T084726.336 FG & ASUU Disagree On Payment Platform , Again

The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked again on Wednesday, following the disagreement over the payment platform that would be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowance of the university lecturers .
The FG team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment , Chris Ngige , had offered to pay the salary arrears and the N 30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform pending the roll – out of ASUU ’ s preferred platform , the University Transparency and Accountability Solution .
But the ASUU delegation led by its National President , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, reportedly insisted that the university lect would not enrol on the government salary platform .
The spokesman , Ministry of Labour and Employment , Mr Charles Akpan , explained that the meeting adjourned till Monday to enable the union leaders to get across to their members on the mode of payment.
The parley is expected to reconvene on Monday to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG .
Among other things, the government had agreed to pay N 40 billion , being the pending Earned Academic Allowance of the university teachers overdue since November 2019.
Out of the amount , N 30 billion would be paid on or before November 6, while the remaining N 10 billion would be spread equally over two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022.
The two parties equally agreed to the planned release of N 30 billion for the revitalisation of the education sector.
The government offered to pay N 20 billion as funding for the revitalization of public universities, by January 2021, as well as, seek sources of alternative and additional funding for the university system, among other conclusions.

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A curfew has been imposed in Anambra and a charging office in Imo has been burnt down

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images 2020 10 22T143153.593 A curfew has been imposed in Anambra and a charging office in Imo has been burnt down

The government of southeastern Nigeria’s Anambra State has imposed a 24-hour curfew in all parts of the state amid escalating violence, following the EndSARS protests.

Many states in the Southwest have also enacted the law.

The Anambra state government has also announced the closure of all schools and markets until the situation improves. City officials also set fire to an Orji police station in the southwestern state of Imo.

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