Day 39: The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, after the Monday meeting disclosed that the Federal Government reached a partial agreement with the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities over their nationwide strike. He said, “We have finished our deliberation for today. I am happy to report that we touched some areas of understanding in implementation from the Memorandum of Action which we agreed to in 2017.”
Day 37: Another meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended on Monday night without an immediate resolution of the dispute. The meeting which held at the Federal Ministry of Labour was to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike by the university lecturers. At least four other meetings have been held between both parties before Monday’s since the strike commenced on November 4. While addressing journalists, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said the meeting has been adjourned to December 17.
Day 32: The Minister of Labour and Empowerment, Chris Ngige, on Wednesday, said he would hold a meeting with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities to find a lasting solution to issues leading to the ongoing strike embarked upon by the union. In a statement signed by the Director of Press at the ministry, Samuel Olowookere, which also responded to a statement credited to Femi Falana (SAN), where he described the no-work-no-pay policy of the government as illegal, Ngige said every policy of the government was backed by the provision of the International Labour Organisation, stressing that while ILO backed strike, it also recognised provision to withhold wages. In the statement, it was said that a meeting has been convened for Monday, December 10, 2018, at the Conference Room of the Minister of Labour and Employment.
Day 31: According to media reports, the meeting that was held on Tuesday Night between ASUU and the Federal Government, in a bid to end the on-going strike still ended unresolved. What this translates to is that the ASUU strike will most likely continue indefinitely. The President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, briefed Journalists after the Tuesday meeting, that both ASUU and FG were unable to reach any final agreement that would result in a decision to end the strike.
Day 29: The Federal Government has withdrawn the recent threat of ‘no work no pay’ against ASUU. This was disclosed by the National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an exclusive chat with newsmen. He mentioned that the negotiation meeting between ASUU and the Federal Government would continue tomorrow.
Day 28: Following the strike declaration of public universities, the federal government, Saturday mandated all the vice-chancellors to stop the payment of any lecturer who embarks on strike and neglects his duty. This no-work-no-pay rule was contained in a memo issued to universities and inter-varsity centres by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Signed by S.B. Ramon-Yusuf, director, research, information and technology, the memo instructed that any attempt to pay the workers’ salaries from any other sources would be termed as a violation of extant rules and government’s directives.
Day 27: The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) recently warned that the ongoing strike by its members may last for a prolonged time as no concrete resolution has been reached in the negotiation with the Federal Government. The president of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi called on parents and students to show understanding and solidarity with the union as this is towards saving Nigeria’s university system from collapse.
Day 24: The Meeting by the Federal Government and leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities yesterday Monday 26th, November 2018 also ended in deadlock just as the first meeting. Botht parties were unable to reach a middle ground. This implies that the strike by the lecturers continues as the meeting could not conclude on whether ASUU should return to work or not.
Day 22: The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, yesterday, vowed to continue the ongoing strike until the Federal Government meets or agree to meet all its demands. Reacting to a comment by the Minister of Labour and productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, that the strike action by the union is political, the Chairman, of ASUU University of Ibadan, Chapter Dr Deji Omole, clarified that the strike was declared over alleged failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to fulfil the content of the Memorandum of Action it signed with the Union in 2017.
Day 20: The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to jeopardise the chances of Muhammadu Buhari winning the 2019 presidential election if the President refuses to meet the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU). This was disclosed by the NANS’ National Public Relations Officer, Azeez Adeyemi, on Monday after a peaceful protest by the association in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Day 18: Indications show that the ASUU strike action embarked upon by the Aacademic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will still continue for a while as the meeting, held yesterday, with the Federal Government ended in a deadlock. No compromise or decision was reached after the meeting to end the ASUU Strike, which began 3 p.m and ended 8:15 p.m on Tuesday. The meeting will continue next week. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, however stated that government’s discussion with ASUU will continue next week. According to Ngige the delay in calling ASUU for a discussion was caused by the mimimum wage negotiation.
Day 16: The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will today hold a crucial meeting with the Federal Government to over the ongoing strike action by the union. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m., and was called at the instance of the Minister of education, Adamu Adamu, and the government’s negotiating team. The president of ASUU Biodun Ogunyemi confirmed that the FG has invited the union to a meeting adding that the meeting will determine the seriousness of the Federal Government towards ending the strike.
Day 13: The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has stated that the union is ready to negotiate with government toward ending its one-week old industrial action. This was disclosed by the President of the union Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who was a guest on TVC News Breakfast show on Tuesday. He frowned at the attitude of the FG towards the demands of the lecturers.
Day 11: The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed that the federal government is yet to invite the union to any form of negotiation towards resolving the strike. This was revealed by the president of the union, Biodun Ogunyem in a telephone chat with news men. Mr Ogunyemi said the union has placed a memorandum before the government on how universities can be funded, but nothing has been done on it.
Day 9: According to reports, the Nigerian Senate is currently making efforts to ensure the ASUU strike is called off for the overall interest of the nation’s education sector and the Nigerian students. The Senate had on Tuesday mandated the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Jibrin Barau, APC, Kano North, to immediately initiate a meeting with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and the leadership of ASUU to have a common ground to resolving the matter.
Day 7: Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have been thrown into dilemma after the school’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) held its congress on Tuesday. Briefing journalists on campus after the congress, Adeola Egbedokun, the branch chairman of the union, reiterated the stance of the national body, that the strike is total.
Day 4: The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing nationwide strike. There was partial compliance by universities across the country on Monday with the nationwide strike called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday. The national President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, had on Sunday night announced the union’s decision to go on an indefinite strike.
Checks by news correspondents, who visited some university campuses, revealed that lecturers were busy with classes and other academic activities in most schools as the strike did not take effect yesterday. Adamu made the appeal on behalf of the Federal Government while addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Day 1: According to renowned newspapers such as the Punch, the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite strike. Specifically, the union accused the government of not implementing the Memorandum of Action signed with it, declaring that the strike would be total as all federal and state varsities would join the strike.
This announcement was made after the National Executive Council meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State on Sunday night. Briefing journalists after the NEC meeting, the National President of the ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said all entreaties made to the Federal Government to honour the agreement with the union fell on deaf ears and they had no other alternative but to begin the strike action.