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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LABOUR, FG AGREE ON REDUCTION OF ELECTRICITY TARIFF FOR 3 MONTHS

says 6 million free meters will be distributed The Federal Government and the Organized Labour, on the completion of the two weeks suspension of electricity tariff have resolved to provide tariff relief of N10.20 per kilowatt hour for Nigerians for the next three months and to distribute six million free meters. In a communique made available to journalists after a lengthy meeting between Labour and the Federal Government on Sunday evening, it was disclosed that they adopted a two-phase approach to proffer solutions which would help resolve issues affecting the…

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RESIDENTS DOCTORS BEGIN STRIKE NATIONWIDE ON MONDAY

By Samuel Oamen From Monday, September 7, resident doctors across the nation will begin a strike action. The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), in a statement by its President, Dr Aliyu Sokomba; Secretary, Dr Bilqis Mohammad and Publicity Secretary, Dr Egbogu Stanley, said the strike would commence after expiration of the 21-day ultimatum to the Federal Government on August 17. They said: “NEC resolved to proceed on indefinite nationwide strike action from Monday 7th of September 2020 by 8:00am until the following conditions are met; immediate payment of the…

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NUPENG CALLS OFF LAGOS PETROLEUM TANKER DRIVERS’ STRIKE

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers has suspended its strike in Lagos State. This was contained in a “joint communique issued by the Lagos State Government and NUPENG” on Monday. The communique was jointly signed by the Lagos Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, and NUPENG Deputy National President, Solomon Kilanko. The communique was tweeted by Jubril Gawat, the New Media Aide of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Part of the communique read, “The Lagos State Government met today with the representatives of NUPENG, which agreed to…

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TANKER DELIVERS STRIKE BEGINS IN LAGOS AS OVERNIGHT TALKS FAIL

The Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association has said its planned strike will begin today as planned because the association has not reached any agreement with the Lagos State Government. The National Chairman of PTDA, Mr Salimonu Oladiti, said this in an interview with The PUNCH in Ibadan on Sunday. He said the issues which forced the drivers to plan to embark on an indefinite strike had not been addressed. He noted that talks between officials of the Lagos State Government and petrol tanker drivers failed to achieve the desired result. Oladiti said, “We…

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ONDO DOCTORS ABANDON CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS, EMBARK ON STRIKE

Medical doctors at the Infectious Disease Hospital, IDH, Akure, Ondo State have stopped attending to patients admitted at the facility. The development followed the increasing figures of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Sunshine State. The doctors under the aegis of the National Association of Government General Medical and Dental Practitioners, NAGGMDP, blamed the state government led by Rotimi Akeredolue, on the manner at which the COVID-19 pandemic was being handled in the state. IDH is where patients with infectious diseases such as LASSA fever and COVID-19 are treated. The State…

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RESIDENT DOCTORS ISSUE 14-DAY ULTIMATUM TO FG OVER UNIMPLEMENTED AGREEMENTS

Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi The Nigeria Association of Resident Doctors has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to immediately implement all the agreements it had with the Association or it will embark on an indefinite strike. The ultimatum was issued by the NARD in Bauchi on Saturday at the end of its 2020 Ordinary General Meeting with the theme: ‘Health Inequalities and Social Determinants of Health in Nigeria. It also lamented the poor working condition of its members across the country. The National President, Dr Sokomba Aliyu, who read…

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