Striking Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) at the Lagos State University (LASU) chapter on Friday vowed that it would continue strike until its demands were met.
The chairman of the chapter, Mr Oseni Saheed, said that the union was dissatisfied with the manner the university’s governing council was handling the strike.
The unionist also said that SSANU was not satisfied with some policies introduced by the council.
NAN reports that hundreds of SSANU members had on Thursday disrupted a meeting of the governing council with LASU workers.
LASU’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities was, however, not represented at the meeting.
Protesting SSANU members had marched from their secretariat to the university’s new auditorium where the meeting was being held.
Saheed said that the striking workers had been denied promotions since 2011.
He said that the governing council had not been responsive, adding that SSANU members could not be part of the meeting because they were not in the right frame of mind.
“In the last nine weeks, the union has been on strike, and nothing was heard from the governing council.
“The council which is the policy maker of the institution did not deem it fit to call us for resolution but today invited us for a meeting on financial matters.
“This meeting should not be held at a time when staff are angry and on strike.
“We are staff of the university; we are human beings and not slaves,” he said.
Saheed also said that the union was unhappy that the council approved an increase in school fees from N25, 000 to N380, 000.
“The policy has inflicted pains on students and staff, as LASU school fees are no longer affordable for children of the common man,” he said.
Saheed, however, hailed the state Gov. Babatunde Fashola for calling the union to a meeting last week over the strike.
The chairman of the council, Mr Bode Augusto, had told the protesters to be calm.
SSANU and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), LASU chapters, had been on strike since 30 September.
NASU, however, suspended its strike on 3 December, following Fashola’s intervention. [NAN]
#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos
The Lagos State Government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the closure of public and private schools indefinitely in the state.
The closure of schools in Lagos was announced in a press statement on Monday by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi.
The statement which was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’, quoted Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”
This is coming at a time #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad governance by Nigerian youths grounded academic activities in some schools in the state on Monday.
“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”
NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest
The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.
He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.
Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.
He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.
FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock
The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday ended in a deadlock.
Although some agreements were reached at the meeting, the meeting is set to reconvene on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 3.00 pm after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of its NEC.
In a bid to end the strike, the federal government agreed to release N30billion for payment of arrears of earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.
The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting revealed that the release of N20 billion funds for revitalisation of public universities will be payable by the end of January 2021.
On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances(EAA), which had accumulated to N40 billion since November 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) made a commitment to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.
He said the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.
The communiqué also revealed that ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) almost stalled the meeting as the federal government asked that IPPIS be allowed to operate in the interim until the test run on UTAS is concluded.
But ASUU insisted on payment of outstanding salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before full implementation of UTAS.
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