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SSANU , NASU Begin Warning Strike Today

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The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) will commence their 14-day warning strike today.
In a letter dated September 28, 2020, jointly signed by the General Secretary of NASU, Mr. Peters Adeyemi, and SSANU President, Mr. Samson Ugwoke, and addressed to branch Chairmen of NASU and SSANU, the unions said the decision to embark on a 14-day warning strike was in fulfillment of their threat to begin the action as soon as the federal government directs universities to resume academic activities.
The letter read in part: “Kindly recall earlier information on the above subject matter wherein it was conveyed that the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU would embark on a 14-day industrial action immediately universities resume following the COVID-19 lockdown.
“Following the recent directives from the National Universities Commission (NUC) to Vice-Chancellors for the immediate resumption/safe reopening of universities, you are hereby directed to commence a 14-day warning strike effective from October 5 to 19, 2020.”
The two unions said the warning strike could turn into full-blown industrial action if their grievances are not addressed by the federal government.
They listed their grievances to include, inconsistencies of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) in the payment of salaries of their members; non-payment of arrears of earned allowances being owed NASU and SSANU members despite various memoranda of understanding; non-payment of arrears of national minimum wage to their members and non-payment of retirement benefits to outgone members.
The non-academic staff unions also alleged lack of seriousness and delays by the government in the renegotiation of the 2009 FG/NASU and SSANU agreements; usurpation of the headship of non-teaching units by academic staff in clear violation of conditions of service and establishment procedures; neglect and poor funding of state universities; and corruption in the university system.
They also cited non-constitution of visitation panels for the universities in line with the laws as other developments that are impacting negatively on their members.
“Please note that this warning strike is a prelude to a full-blown, total and indefinite industrial action if the grievances highlighted above are not properly addressed,” the unions warned.

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NECO postpones exams indefinitely

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The National Examinations Council has postponed the ongoing nationwide Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations indefinitely due to the current security challenges , occasion by the # EndSARS protests .
This was contained a statement signed by the Head of Information and Public Relations Division NECO , Azeez Sani , and made available to newsmen in Minna on Sunday .
Sani said the # EndSARS protests disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country .
He said, “ The Governing Board of the National Examinations Council at its Special Meeting held on Thursday , 22 nd October, 2020 reviewed the on -going 2020 SSCE ( internal ) nationwide. The Council had in a press release , dated 21 st October 2020 , informed the general public of rescheduling some papers of the 2020 on -going SSCE .
“ Arising from that meeting, today ( Sunday ) the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE ( Internal ) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges , occasioned by the ENDSARS protests , which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country .
“ In making this decision, the Board noted that due to these security challenges , some state governments imposed curfew and closed schools in order to safeguard lives and property ;
In the circumstances, it has become difficult for the council to move examination materials across the country and students in the affected locations were unable to sit for the papers already scheduled in the examination time table. ”
He said the governing board further resolved , that “ when normalcy returns , the Council will continue with the conduct of the examinations in all States .
“ While regretting any inconveniences this postponement may cause our esteemed stakeholders , the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examination procedures for seamless conduct of the Council ’s examination .”

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President Buhari Suspends EndSARS Protests Nationwide

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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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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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