PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA PRODUCE GRADUATES WITH EMPTY BRAINS, SAYS PLATEAU ASUU CHAIRMAN

Universities do not produce high quality graduates despite the exorbitant fees they receive in tuition from students, the chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Plateau State, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, said on Thursday in Jos. Mr. Maigoro, speaking to NAN on the newly approved private universities decried low academic standards in most of the existing private universities in the country and urged the new ones to live up to expectations. He said they must ensure quality and good academic standards in their operations. The Federal Executive Council…

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ASUU SANCTIONS 240 UNILAG LECTURERS WHO REGISTERED FOR IPPIS

Sodiq Oyeleke No fewer than 240 lecturers, including professors, at the University of Lagos, enrolled on the Integrated Personnel Payment Information System against the directive by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. The PUNCH gathered that the affected lecturers have been sanctioned by the UNILAG chapter of ASUU. The sanction is coming about one week after ASUU suspended its nine-month strike over the non-payment of salaries of ASUU members who failed to enrol into IPPIS and other unfulfilled agreements between ASUU and successive administrations. ASUU had opposed IPPIS used in settling…

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UNIVERSITIES TO REOPEN IN JANUARY 2021- NGIGE

Says, ASUU -FG negotiations reach 98 percent …Minister launches free medical outreach The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, says the Academic Activities in Nigeria Universities will resume January. He says the negotiations between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal government had reached 98 percent, adding that it remains only two percent to be completed He spoke Monday in Alor, Idemili South local government area of Anambra State, during the launch of Ngige free medical outreach at the Community’s Health Center. Ngige said, “We…

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NAAT WARNS FG AGAINST ACCEPTING UTAS AS PAYMENT PLATFORM FOR UNIVERSITIES

The National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) has warned the federal government against accepting a salary payment platform designed by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS). It said the government must not allow itself to be blackmailed by any union to accept the lecturers’ platform, adding that NAAT had also worked assiduously to produce its own platform called Tertiary Institutions Integrity Payroll System (TIIPS). It would be recalled that the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union…

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FG FINALLY CONCEDES, EXEMPT ASUU FROM IPPIS

Labour Minister, Dr. Chris Ngige ‌ Adelani Adepegba, Abuja After weeks of negotiations and foot-dragging, the Federal Government on Friday accepted the demand by the Academic Staff Union of Universities that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System. The government also shifted grounds on a number of issues, including the insistence that all the academic staff of the federal universities must be paid through the IPPIS platform. Reading out the communique at the end of a seven-hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja, the Minister of…

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NGIGE MUTES OTHER OPTIONS IF ASUU REFUSES TO CALL OFF STRIKE

Chris Ngige ‌ Tunde Ajaja The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has expressed optimism that the prolonged strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities will be resolved by next week when the Federal Government team meets the union leaders again. He, however, said if the matter was not resolved by then, he would explore the provisions in the labour law and other channels. Government had previously appealed to the union to call off the strike. The union had on March 24 2020 embarked…

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ASUU DIVIDED OVER CONTINUATION OF STRIKE

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have pleaded with the federal government to have mercy on their children and those of ordinary Nigerians bearing the brunt of the protracted strike by quickly attending to their demands to enable them resume immediately. The union had in March, 2020 embarked on the industrial action to press for their demands and kick against the use of force by the federal government to enroll its members on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). But eight months into the nationwide…

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DISAGREEMENT OVER ASUU’S UTAS AND FG’S IPPIS STALLS RESOLUTION OF UNIVERSITY LECTURERS’ STRIKE

Adelani Adepegba, Abuja For the second time in one week, the meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities deadlocked on Wednesday  as they failed to agree on the payment platform to be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30bn 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 N30bn Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform…

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WE WILL END STRIKE ACTION SOON, SAYS ASUU

We are ready to resume, says ASUU The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday, gave an indication that the union will suspend its prolonged strike very soon, as its President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, declared that the varsity lecturers are ready to go back to school. The ASUU President gave the hint even as the Federal Government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, assured it would meet the union demands within time frame it stipulated. Prof Ogunyemi, who was speaking at a meeting between the…

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ASUU STRIKE: FG AGREES TO PAY OUTSTANDING 30BIL ALLOWANCES OWED LECTURERS

‌ Adelani Adepegba,Abuja The Federal Government has agreed to release N30 billion earned academic allowance to the university lecturers. The money will be paid in tranches between May 2021 and February 2022. The PUNCH gathered that the FG also promised to spend N20 billion on the revitalisation of the education sector as part of concessions meant to end the seven-month strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. These were part of the agreements reached during the ongoing meeting between the FG and ASUU leadership on Thursday. Speaking earlier before…

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