Update on ASUU strike today: FG can’t borrow money to end industrial action – Keyamo
Minister of State for Labor and Employment Festus Keyamo is not saying it is unrealistic for the federal government to borrow money to end the ASUU strike.
Keyamo tok for an interview with Channels TV said it was not possible to blackmail the government to borrow 1.2 trillion naira for overheads when the government’s total revenue would be around 6.1 trillion of naira.
“You cannot allow a sector of the di economy to hold your jugular and blackmail you to go and borrow 1.2 trillion naira for overheads when our total income will be around 6.1 trillion naira. naira and you will have roads to build, health centers to build, oda sectors to take care of, critical infrastructures to take care of?”, e tok.
The minister is asking parents across the country to plead with ASUU to get them back to class while efforts to resolve the crisis continue.
Oga Keyamo adds say “di proposal wey ASUU dey tok be N1.2 trillion, meanwhile even dia former N412 billion wey bin dey pay be 50 percent of total federal government salary structure wey ASUU dey take alone before, now dem they say 1.2 trillion naira”.
“As the president said at the time, those we know appeal to our sense of patriotism,” they add.
“Let them go back to class. Not just Nigeria. They’re not the only ones feeding off the federal scholarship. This nation can’t stop saying we want to take care of the ASUU demands.”
News from Oda on the Strike
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai told state university professors a few days ago that they should return to class so as not to assume they would make a solidarity strike with the ASUU.
But the Kaduna State University Academic Staff Union (KASU) says they will take disciplinary action against dia members who return to work after Governor Nasir El-Rufai threatened them to send them back.
Teachers in Nigeria have been on strike for six months now after walking out of the classroom on February 14, 2022 to say the federal government is ignoring the 2009 agreement signed by the two sides.
Kaduna State Governor El-Rufai appeared for a video a few days ago and threatened to fire the striking teachers if they did not have CVs.
According to the governor, the professors at the state university have nothing to do with the strike since Kaduna has no problem with them regarding payment or anything. I add that I see no reason why KASU will show solidarity with the professors of the federal universities to the detriment of the dia students.
Dr Abubakar Abdullahi is one of the ASUU ogas for Kaduna State University and tells BBC Pidgin that Governor El-Rufai’s threats do not move them as they are still continuing the strike until that the national body declares odawise.
The welfare chair adds that they are aware that some teachers are not returning to work and supervising exams and will take the necessary disciplinary action.
“We are aware that some speakers do not pick up, but most of them are not members of ASUU, so the speakers are on their own and we have no case with that.”
“But for our own members, we will resume, dia must take disciplinary action against them because they go against our position.”
Dr. Abubakar says that contrary to what he says, Governor El-Rufai does not have the power to wake up and fire all KASU teachers.
“It’s not a proper job, we don’t have the power to wake up and fire everybody because the processes and procedures are necessary for that to happen.”
Due to the strike, university professors lowered the tools for February this year to pressure their claim to the welfare border, approval of their own UTAS payment system instead of graduating their own IPPIS.
And the implementation of the 2009 agreement.
Timeline of the ASUU strike in Nigeria from 2009 to 2022
University professors begin the strike on February 14 and then extend the strike for 8 weeks on March 14, 2022.
Di union bin is embarking on a nine-month strike over non-payment of allowances to speakers who do not register under the di goment pay system, wey ASUU bin wan wants to replace him with his own.
A three month strike bin happun over insufficient funding for education and rising tuition fees wey goment bin plan.
After they signed an anoda memorandum of understanding for September 2017, the union suspended the strike for 36 days due to allegations that the government failed to implement the previous year’s agreement.
A week-long warning strike to say that the Nigerian government will not implement the 2009 agreement and that a memorandum of understanding will be reached for 2013.
University professors go on strike for about six months as they demand that the retirement age for professors be raised to 70 from 65, and that the government increase the education allowance by 15% to 20% of the annual di kontri budget.
2009 accord wey goment no meet na why di union bin strike for 59 days.
The ASUU bin went on an indefinite strike in July 2010 for over five months.
Four month strike over 2007 deal not met but involves demand for increased budget allocation to education in Nigeria.