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ASUU ready to sustain the ongoing strike

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the weekend said it would continue to sustain the ongoing strike until the Federal Government addresses all its demands.

Speaking at the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, said the government must first implement the report of the need assessment it conducted in 2012.

Ogunyemi, who spoke during ASUU’s interactive session with critical stakeholders to enlighten public on the struggles of union, said their demands were genuine and in the interest of the nation.

He said students would be the major beneficiaries of their demands and appealed to them to show understanding.

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He said: “Students who are our children and partners in progress should show understanding, what we are asking from the government are in their interest and the interest of the nation, good hostel accommodation, good classroom blocks that can engender effective learning, laboratories where cutting edge research can be carried out and offices that can drive the process of quality university education.

“So what we are asking of the government are not baseless things, but those things that in 2012, the government conducted during a needs assessment survey and found out that there is widespread rot and decay in the university system. We are asking that the government implement its own report of 2012.”

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Ogunyemi lamented lecturers were still receiving the same salary scale of 2009 in 2020, vowing if such issues were not addressed, the strike would continue.

He said: “Salary issues are still there, we have not fully addressed that, it appears that some forces in government are bent on suffering our members by withholding their salaries. But we believe that once we sort out the issues of Universities Transparency and Accountability Solution, other issues will fall in place.

“The 2009 agreement we had with government stipulates that that agreement would be reviewed every three years, but since then, we have not been able to review the salary scale and that is why we are saying that the negotiation we started with government in 2017 ought to have been completed and with the completion of that negotiation process.

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“A new salary scale should be in place and we are insisting that the process is completed before this ongoing strike is suspended among other things.”

 

SOURCE: THE NATION NIGERIA

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ASUU, FG clashes over N30billion allowance

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal  Government had a meeting on Wednesday for the third time which ended in a gridlock, as the two parties failed to reach an agreement on the payment platform for salaries and benefits.

Asuu insist that the federal government should pay 30billion to the union and her members alone, the federal Government responding to this said that the request was not feasible. The government they are willing to pay N30billion to all unions in universities, not ASUU alone, and also willing to pay another N20billion as revitalization fund.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige said “This government is not against revitalization but this government says that because of the dire economic situation occasioned by COVID-19, we cannot really pay in the N110b which they are demanding for revitalization.

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“We offered N20b as revitalization fund. On Earned Academic Allowances, the government offered N30b to all the unions in the universities, making it N50b altogether.

“ASUU is saying that the N30b should be for lecturers alone, irrespective of the fact that there are three other unions. So there is a little problem there. We don’t have any money to offer apart from this N30b.”

Ngige added  that if the crisis continue, the Federal government will be forced to take legal action against the union, if they insist on their strike and refuse to take their offer.

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Samuel Chukwueze build and furnishes a bungalow for a widow

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The Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze has completed a three bed room flat for a widow in his home town Ugba community in Abia state.

The super Eagles star star scored his first goal of the season in Villarreal’s 2:0 defeat over valladoid early this, he has also been shortlisted for la Liga team of the week.

The Nigerian born forward Samuel Chukwueze showed his love for his community by building a bungalow( three bed room flat) for Mrs. Theresa Ikoro of Amaokwe Ugba Ibeku in Umuahia Abia state.

The 21 year old forward has been linked with a sensational move to Manchester united due to his performance

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Kanye West Admits defeat in the 2020 US elections

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Kanye West Admits defeat in the 2020 US elections

Kanye West threw in the towel on his presidential run in the 2020 election and hinted at another long-shot bid four years from now — though he didn’t get many votes this time.

Kanye West made the concession in a tweet after appearing on the ballot in 12 states in the presidential election between Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.

“WELP,”   West said in the tweet. “KANYE 2024.”

Kanye West appeared on the ballot in 12 states and notched more than a thousand votes in all of the contests, according to preliminary tallies by The Associated Press.

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In Colorado, West got nearly 6,000 votes in a state that went to Biden. In Vermont, another state that went to Biden, Kanye West got more than 1,200 votes, according to the tally.

In Arkansas, he got 3,979 votes; in Idaho, he got 2,309 votes; in Iowa, he got 3,179 votes; in Kentucky, he got 6,259 votes; in Louisiana, he got 4,837 votes; in Minnesota, he got 6,796; in Mississippi, he got 3,009 votes; in Oklahoma, he got 5,587 votes; in Tennessee, he got 10,188 votes; and in Utah, he got 4,053 votes, according to the preliminary tallies.

Kanye West announced earlier Tuesday that he voted for himself, the first time he cast a ballot in a US presidential election.

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“God is so good . . . Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it’s for someone I truly trust…me,” he tweeted.

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