ASUU lists nine ‘sins’ of Tinubu administration

ASUU lists nine ‘sins’ of Tinubu administration

In this piece, here are nine “sins” of
the Tinubu administration as listed by ASUU.

 

– Renegotiation of the FGN/ASUU 2009 agreement: ASUU and
previous administrations have been at loggerheads over the failure to
renegotiate the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement which contains details about the
welfare of academics among other issues. Osodeke said that the Muhammadu Buhari
government refused to approve the draft agreement which was proposed by the
late Emeritus Professor. Nimi Briggs panel for reasons best known to them, it
faulted the increment in salary approved by the Tinubu government noting that,
“Even with paltry salary award, the current take-home pay of a professor at the
bar is about $500 per month. In the face of a heightened tax regime, what a
professor earns is about $400 per month which is a scandalous under-valuation
of the scholarship.”

 

– Governing Councils in universities: In June 2023, the
Tinubu administration ordered the dissolution of governing councils of all
federal universities. ASUU on Tuesday described the failure of the government
to reinstate the council members as an act of illegality.

“Outgoing VCs are working in cahoots with the Federal and
State Ministries of Education to illegally run universities daily. They
routinely usurp the powers of Governing Councils to recruit and discipline
staff as well as manage university finances in manners bereft of transparency
and accountability,” ASUU said.

 

The union urged the citizens to hold the government
responsible, “if the matter of the Governing Councils is allowed to snowball
into an avoidable industrial crisis.”

 

– Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System: The
union once again raised issues around the IPPIS payment platform. Recall that
the Federal Government had in December 2023 announced that academics be
exempted from the IPPIS platform. However, ASUU noted that the platform is,
“still used to pay our members under the guise of the “new IPPIS” contrary to
the agreement reached at the 11th January 2024 stakeholders’ meeting held at
the National Universities Commission.” ASUU noted that its stance remains
unchanged on the matter.

 

– New Curriculum for Universities: the National Universities
Commission in 2023 unveiled a revised curriculum for Nigerian universities. The
curriculum known as Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards popularly
referred to as CCMAS was rejected by ASUU. The union again on Tuesday mentioned
that it observed that the NUC was enforcing the implementation of the new
curriculum in universities.

 

On why it stands on the rejection of the CCMAS, ASUU said,
“Almost all universities are being burdened with funding resource verification
for migrating from the erstwhile curriculum to the new curriculum. ASUU
considers these developments as infractions that are unhealthy for the Nigerian
University System.”

 

– Proliferation of Universities: the body of academics again
expressed dismay at the proliferation of universities by Federal and State
Governments. ASUU reminded the government that the issue of proliferation was
one of the reasons it embarked on its previous strike and warned the government
to tread the path of caution.

 

“Rather than supporting our advocacy for adequate funding of
public universities, each senator is pushing for the establishment of a
university as party of their constituency projects while governors who cannot
fund existing universities are creating two or more purely for electoral
gains.”

 

– Funding of Universities: ASUU faulted the diversion of
TETFund intervention fund to the student loan scheme. The union urged the
government not to divert TETFund resources to funding loans.

 

“Federal and State governments should rise to their
responsibility of adequate funding to arrest the emergent rot and decay that
are becoming more noticeable on the campuses of Nigeria’s public universities,”
ASUU warned.

 

– Creeping fascism in some Nigerian universities: ASUU
lamented the unjust sack of some of its members in some universities namely
Lagos State University, Kogi State University, Federal University of
Technology, Owerri among others. ASUU described the acts as fascist and said
that it stands solidly with its members anywhere they are unjustly treated.

 

Arrears
of Earned Allowances and non-release of owed salaries: ASUU expressed sadness
over the failure of the government to release backlog of Earned Academic
Allowances which was captured in the 2023 budget for Federal Universities.

 

“In addition, the outstanding three and half months’
salaries witheld during the preventable nationwide strike action remains unpaid
to our members in the federal universities. ASUU condemns this seemingly
disinterested of concerned authorities about these issues of life and
livelihood of our members across the campuses. It will be unfortunate if the
union is forced to take some unpleasant actions to address all these lingering
issues,” the union warned.

 

– The state of the nation: ASUU lamented the socio-economic
crisis of Nigeria. The body noted that the quality of lives of ordinary
Nigerians has “precipitously declined and the gap between the haves and
have-nots is daily expanding. The rich getting stupendously richer while the
poor are absolutely getting poorer.”

 

ASUU urged the government to immediately provide solutions
and reclaim the country’s sovereignty and restore the confidence of Nigerians
in their country.

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