Nigeria ASUU Strike Update Today 12th June 2022
In Today’s ASUU Strike Update, youthempowermentopportunities.com will tell you what is really going on between the federal government and ASUU. The striking ASUU has said the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) is undergoing another round of tests by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA).
ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke who spoke in Abuja on Saturday, also touched on several issues surrounding the ongoing strike and why the strike has lingered.
Demands – Nigeria ASUU Strike Update Today 12th June 2022
Remember, ASUU embarked on a 14 day warning strike, but due to the inability of the government to meet their demands, the strike continued and now it is over 140 days.
ASUU has previously said that the deployment of University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which is dependent on National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) approval, is one of the two core demands of the union. The other is the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement that contains the welfare of the lecturers.
ASUU’s other demands include the release of white papers on reports of the presidential visitation panels to universities and the proliferation of universities especially by the state governments.
When the president spoke on Saturday, Mr Osodeke accused NITDA of already “showing signs of bias because the ministry is already interfering.”
NITDA is an agency under Mr Pantami’s ministry and ASUU has consistently suggested that its opposition to his professorship is stalling the approval certification of UTAS.
NITDA had earlier denied the allegation and said the software was only undergoing due tests.
Meeting with committee
ASUU said it has met the Nimi Briggs-led committee on renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, and is hoping that it will not be stalled like that of the Munzali Jibril-led committee.
The ASUU president, who said the suspension of the strike depends on the outcome of the meetings with the government, however, refused to elaborate on the ongoing negotiations.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Federal Government 2009 Munzali Jibril-led renegotiation committee had concluded renegotiation with ASUU and came up with a draft document in May 2021. But the government said the recommendations in the draft were not feasible for implementation.
Speaking on autonomy for universities, Mr Osodeke faulted a situation where universities need permission from the head of service before they can employ.
He also condemned the use of federal character in staff employment saying the process should be solely by merit.
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