ASUU Strike 2013 Suspended- Official!

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), today, announced the suspension of its over 5months strike – with immediate effect.

ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Fagge made the disclosure in Minna while briefing newsmen.

The Union suspended the strike after a marathon National Executive Committee meeting held in Minna, Niger State, yesterday.

The different chapters of ASUU are expected to hold congress meetings on Wednesday following which academic activities will resume in the universities.

The meeting was deliberate over the agreement signed Wednesday, last week, by union executives and the federal government.

The NEC meeting, Vanguard gathered was attended by ASUU branch chairmen and secretaries, the national executive members of the Union, coordinators and past leaders, including members from 52 universities.

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ASUU Attacks Journalists In Minna Over NEC Intrusion!!

*As ASUU officials assault journalists in Minna

Journalists were , Monday, assaulted by some officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), while they were waiting for the outcome of the Union’s National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting holding at the Federal University of Technology, in Minna.

The closed-door meeting which started at about 11:30am was still ongoing at press time.

However, there was disagreement among ASUU members over the presence of the media, some suggested the media should stay because they are doing their job, others persisted that “we did not invite them. When we need them, we will invite them.”

The Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Minna, Prof. Musbau Akanji, who got wind of the altercation between journalists and the ASUU officials, intervened saying, “although, I am not a part of the meeting but I am apologizing on their behalf because they are in my territory.

“This place (FUT, Minna) is a Federal Government institution, and it is a public place that everybody, including journalists can enter, especially when they are doing their job.”

As at the time of filing this report, the strike has not been called off.

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BREAKING: ASUU Calls Off 6 Months Old Strike!!!

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has called off its five months strike.

The Union arrived at the latest decision to suspends its strike after a marathon meeting held at the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State on Monday. #vnti

After a protracted debate, the Federal Government and ASUU reached a compromise during a negotiation brokered by the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar few days ago.

Lecturers are to resume there official duty with immediate effect.
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ASUU To Call-Off Strike After NEC Meets in Niger Today

The stage is set for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the over five month old strike as the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the union holds a crucial in Minna tomorrow (Monday) to rectify the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the federal government.

The meeting which is being hosted by Federal University of Technology (FUTMINNA) branch of the union was in fulfillment of the one week promised by ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge last Wednesday after the signing of the MoU with the federal government that members will meet to decide to call off the strike.

Like the last ASUU NEC meeting in Kano that was shrouded in high secrecy, the venue of today’s meeting is kept to only members of NEC, as the meeting may not be holding in either Bosso or Gida Kwano campuses of the University.

The agenda of the NEC meeting was also not made public, but a source within the union said that the meeting will among other things consider the MoU, the leadership will present documents to show government’s commitment, assess the impact of the industrial action and map out strategies on how to monitor and ensure implementation of the documented agreement.

A NEC member who spoke with our correspondent in confidence said, “we are here essentially to look into the MoU as ASUU President promised last Wednesday that members will review the development and decide to call off the strike. The meeting will also fashion out strategies for monitoring the implementation of the MoU”.

Asked if the meeting will be calling off the strike, our source said, “I may not be able to answer that but my thinking which is personal is that, if our leaders could sign the MoU with government last week, I think we are close to a truce”.

ASUU President had on Wednesday also gave hint of possible cessation of the action. According to Fagge after signing the MoU, “Within one week our members will meet and decide to call off the strike. We have a document here which shows that government is committed and all the things we demanded are in the letter.

“We will now take this document to our members and we are confident that our members will do the appropriate thing”.

Efforts to reach ASUU President and the FUTMINNA branch chairperson, Dr. Abdulfatai Jimoh failed. None of them could be reached for comment, but as at the time of filling the report yesterday about 30 members of the NEC were already in Minna for the meeting.

Federal government on Wednesday shifted from its hardline to sign an MoU at a meeting brokered by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to implement decision reached with President Goodluck Jonathan during the historic 15 hour meeting with the union leaders.

Lecturers in all publicly owned Universities embarked on an indefinite strike on the 2nd of July, following the refusal of federal government to fulfill the 2009 agreement it had with the union and non-implementation of 2012 Mou.

The action that was climaxed when federal government gave a December 4 ultimatum for the striking teachers to return to classrooms or face mass sack.

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No Political Party Can Use Us- ASUU

ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities [ASUU] has said that it is not been used and cannot be used by any political party to achieve its goal.

The union also said that it does not work on the basis of tribe or religion in pursuing its aims and objectives.

ASUU Calabar zone made this clarification in a statement issued in Umuahia, yesterday. by its coordinator, Dr. Charlie Ononuju in reaction to a certain publication which accused the union of being used by the APC.

Ononuju described the publication as “entirely false and misleading [as] the union is not and cannot be influenced by any political party.

The union embarked this national strike to secure the furniture education of the Nigerian child”.

According to him, “It has nothing to do with politics, religion or where one comes from as being canvassed. The union is democratic and all issues and decisions are democratically resolved and taken.

“The zone urges the group [that made the publication] to jettison the propaganda and call on all well-meaning Nigerians to the blackmail.

“The members and leaders of the union shall continue to think and act in the interest of the people of Nigeria, irrespective of ethnic, religious and regional affiliation”.

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ASUU To Call Off Strike Next Week- Nasir Fagge

… Union signs MoU with FG

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will suspend the five months strike next week after the union signed a Memorandum of Understanding to that effect with Federal Government on Wednesday.

ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Fagge, who signed the agreement on behalf of the union, confirmed to journalists that the strike would be called off next week following agreement signed by both parties.

Fagge said the MoU contained all the demands presented by the union.

For details about the agreement reached, Click here to read the demands reached

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