The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, may resume industrial action should the Federal Government continue use blackmail and propaganda.
ASUU made the remark while accusing the Federal Government of reneging on plans to review the draft Renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement.
In a statement titled, ‘Enough of blackmail’, and signed by its president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU vowed to continue fighting for the welfare of lecturers.
The body also postponed its decision on strike because consultations were still ongoing.
ASUU reiterated that the Federal Government had failed to address all the issues raised in the 2009 agreements.
The statement reads partly: “NEC was worried by the spirited efforts of government agents to reduce the demands of ASUU to a regime of intermittent payment of watered-down revitalisation fund and release of distorted and grossly devalued Earned Academic Allowances.
“ASUU shall not relent in demanding improvement in the welfare and conditions of service of our members. However, we shall resist any attempt to blackmail the union and derail our patriotic struggle for a productive university system by official propaganda founded on tokenism and crumb-sharing.
“However, considering the ongoing intervention and consultation efforts, NEC resolved to review the situation at a later date with a view to deciding on the next line of action.”
LASG Orders Reopening Of Chrisland Schools
The Lagos State Ministry of Education has directed that all Chrisland Schools shut as a result of sexual misconduct of some students while on a trip to Dubai should be reopened from Monday April 25th, 2022.
The reopening of the school follows a review of the ongoing administrative investigation into the sexual misconduct saga. The role of the school is being assessed viz-a-viz its operational guidelines during the unfortunate incidence.
While all agencies of the State Government continue facets of investigation, the Ministry seeks to ensure students of the school are not denied access to learning when the new term resumes fully on Monday 25th April.
The State Government earlier shut down order was initiated to ensure safety of the students and all category of staff of the schools and to ensure unhindered investigation.
“The Ministry of Education, other relevant agencies of the State in conjunction with the school Parent Teachers Association will be working on a scheduled psycho social support for the students.
“An extensive assessment of the school’s procedure especially on external trips and excursions is being looked into to identify safety gaps and avert occurrence of the incidence.
“However, the Ministry has set up plans to launch the reviewed guidelines/protocols governing private and public schools across the State within the next one month.”
BREAKING: Lagos Shut down Chrisland Schools Over Sexual Abuse
The Lagos State government has announced the immediate shut down of all branches of Chrisland Schools in various parts of the state indefinitely over an alleged sexual abuse of one of its pupils.
This followed the circulation of a controversial video on social media platforms where the pupils of the school were engaged in an immoral act during a trip to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
This was made known in a statement issued by the state government on Monday amid controversy over the issue, in which it said the matter was being investigated.
The government in its statement said that in the meantime all Chrisland Schools within Lagos State are hereby closed, pending further investigations.
The statement from the Lagos State Government reads, “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to the alleged sexual violence case involving students of Chrisland Schools which occurred in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“It is pertinent to note that all allegations are being investigated by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State Domestic & Sexual Violence Agency, whilst the criminal allegations have been escalated to the Commissioner of Police.
“In view of the allegations, we are committed to ensuring that adequate medical and pscyho social support is provided.
“This is to reassure members of the public of the State Government’s commitment to safety and child protection, especially in ensuring that all child-centered institutions within the state, formulate and implement policies and systems that are compliant with the Executive Order (NO.EO/AA08 of 2016), Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Program.
“We also use this medium to remind the general public that any person who engages in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child, commits an offence and is liable to custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes “producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography.
“In the meantime, all Chrisland Schools within Lagos State are hereby closed, pending further investigations.”
Strike Continues After FG Meeting With ASUU Stalls
There will be no resumption in public universities until the renegotiated 2009 agreement is signed, implemented and the University Transparency and Accountability Solution deployed, the Academic Staff Union of Universities said.
The ASUU zonal coordinator, Dr Salawu Lawal, made this known during a press conference at the University of Abuja in Gwagwalada.
“You would recall that the Academic Staff Union of Universities declared a four-week rolling strike at the University of Lagos National Executive Council meeting held on Feb. 14.
“Owing to the failure of the Federal Government to act within that period, the national action was rolled over for another eight weeks following the resolution taken at an emergency NEC meeting at the Festus Iyayi National Secretariat on March 14.
“The action as you are probably aware is to among other things, compel the Federal Government to sign and implement the draft renegotiated 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement submitted to it by the Prof. Munzali Committee since May 2021.
“As usual, the Federal Government has ignored ASUU’s call for full implementation of that famous agreement and other memoranda signed with the union.
“No meeting has been held between the two parties since the commencement of the ongoing strike. The only exception is our union’s re-submission of UTAS for a retest.
“The summary is that unless and until the renegotiated 2009 agreement is signed and implemented and UTAS deployed, there will be no work in public universities,” Lawal said.