The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it has reached concrete proposals with the Federal Government on the ongoing warning strike embarked upon by the union. Mr Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President said this in Abuja while addressing newsmen at the end of a closed door reconciliation meeting at the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
The meeting which began by 3 p.m ended at about 11 p.m on Tuesday. It would be recalled that ASUU began the warning strike on March 9, 2020 after disagreement with the Federal Government over issues of revitalization of universities, earned academic allowance.
Others are visitation panel, mainstreaming and most importantly Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) always and other issues relating to university funding.
Ogunyemi said that no pronouncement would be made until after presenting the new government proposals to members of the union.
According to Ogunyemi, we had some fruitful discussions, we have improved on where we were last time, we have what we can call concrete proposals and we have what we can take back to our members.
“But as we usually say, those of us here cannot give the final pronouncements on any of the proposals and we have assured the government that we will report faithfully to our principals and get back to government accordingly.
“We want to assure all Nigerians that we are concern on going back to our work like every other person, because we know that is where we find happiness, we are not happy outside our classrooms, our laboratories and our libraries.
” So, in view of this we will do our best to ensure that all concerns have the maximum benefits from this action because it is of national interest.
“If academics do not defend the universities who will defend the academics, ” he said.
Also speaking, Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said both parties had fruitful deliberations on contentious issues, especially the issue of IPPIS.
He said, “the meeting was longer than anticipated because we had to look at all the issues that were in our 2019 Memorandum of Actions, especially those that had not been fully addressed. We made new proposal on behalf of FG to ASUU.
“These issues range from funding, revitalization of public universities, earned academic allowances, salary shortfalls in Federal University of Akure and the issue of state universities.
“We also addressed payment of earned academic allowances to University of Ilorin.
“On the Nigerian University Pension Commission, certificate was issued last year but operational certificate had not been issued because we do not have a permanent PENCOM board in place.
“We have made proposal on how NUPENCO board will be able to fulfill its obligation, especially in terms of preparation of annual audit reports.
“Issue of visitation panel to the universities has been on the table since last year. The Government side made progress and that approval has been gotten, and we are waiting for the gazette of the membership of the visitation panel. ”
The minister noted that the Issue of IPPIS was also discussed and options and solutions were advanced.
He said that the government had a proposal, which had been given to the ASUU.
According to him, ASUU will take the issues that are outstanding back to its National Executive Council for them to be on the same page before they get back to the government.
“We have agreed on tentative date to get back to government is before the weekend runs out. We expect ASUU to write the government before then to see if there will be need for further meeting,” he added.
Nigeria News Agency reports that those also present at the meeting were, Minister of State, Labour and Employment Mr, Festus Keyamo (SAN), Executive Secretary of the National University Commission.
Others are Minister of State for Education, Accountant General of the Federation, Permanent Secretaries in the ministries of labour and that of education .
Edited By: Felix Ajide
Nigerian troops kill 4 in airstrikes on gunmen camp
Four gunmen were killed when the Nigerian military launched airstrikes to destroy a logistics warehouse of a “criminal gang” in the country’s northwest region, the military said on Monday.
In a statement reaching Xinhua in Abuja, the military said the weekend bombardment of the gunmen’s camp in the Birnin Kogo area of the northwestern state of Zamfara followed credible intelligence.
An attack aircraft that scrambled to engage the target had scored accurate hits on a large structure within the camp, used by the gunmen group to store their ammunition and other logistics items, the statement said.
The military said the warehouse went up in flames, as a result of its volatile contents, leading to its complete destruction.
According to the statement, the airstrikes were in continuation of the renewed onslaught against “criminal gangs” in parts of the Nigerian northwest and north-central regions where kidnapping and armed banditry, among other crimes, had become rampant.
1st LD Writethru: 5.3-magnitude quake strikes Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 on Monday struck Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The temblor occurred at 6:02 a.m. local time, with its epicenter at 36.2 degrees north latitude and 140.4 degrees east longitude, and at a depth of 100 km.
The quake logged 4 in some parts of Ibaraki Prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7.
So far no tsunami warning has been issued.
PSG sign striker Icardi on permanent deal — Inter
French champions Paris St Germain have signed striker Mauro Icardi on a permanent deal from Inter Milan, the Serie A club said on Sunday.
Argentine Icardi, 27, joined PSG in September on a season-long loan with a buy-out option.
“The club thanks the player for the six seasons he spent with us and wishes him the best for his future professional career,” Inter said in a statement.
Icardi scored 20 goals in 31 matches in all competitions before the season was officially concluded on April 30, with 10 games remaining due to the COVID-19 crisis.
He has been competing for a place in the side with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, PSG’s all-time top scorer, whose contract expired on June 30.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Nigerian resident doctors issue ultimatum for strike amid COVID-19 fight
Resident doctors in Nigeria have issued an ultimatum to embark on an indefinite strike if the government failed to address their demands within 14 days, as the country continues to battle the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) on Sunday told the media that the agreement to embark on the indefinite strike action was reached on Saturday.
Part of the demands of the NARD from the government included the provision of adequate personnel protective equipment, such as N95 respirators, gloves, and others to all health workers during this pandemic, Aliyu said.
The resident doctors also demanded the prompt payment of their salaries, as well as the immediate recall of their sacked colleagues in central Nigeria. According to the association, 26 resident doctors at the Jos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria‘s central Plateau State were illegally disengaged without recourse to the law governing residency training.
The doctors also called on security agencies especially in Lagos, Delta, and Abuja to stop the harassment and assault of doctors while carrying out their legitimate activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NARD president noted the shortage of medical staff, especially resident doctors in most health institutions across the country, and called on the government to quickly address the problem.
Resident Doctors issue 14-day strike notice to FG
The Association stated this in a communique issued at the end of its virtual 40th Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) and Scientific Conference.
“NARD also demands immediate recall of the sacked resident doctors at Jos University Teaching Hospital and payments of their salaries.”
According to the association, 26 resident doctors at the Jos University Teaching Hospital were illegally disengaged without recourse to the law governing Residency training.
“The association also demands for universal implementation of the Residency Training Act in both Federal and State Teaching hospitals.
“OGM resolves that urgent steps be taken to ensure that the fate of our members at the State Tertiary Health Institutions be improved through engagement with the various state governments and relevant stakeholders.
The association enjoined the Federal Government through the National Assembly to ensure full capture of the residency training funding in the 2021 Appropriation Act.
It also demanded for payment of arrears of the consequential adjustment of the new minimum wage to it’s members at both Federal and state tertiary health institutions.
The Association condemned what it called “the illegal deductions in salaries” of members by some state governments and demanded for immediate refund.
“NARD observes the slashing of salaries of our members at state tertiary health institutions with particular reference to Kaduna state government that cut the salaries of health workers by twenty five percent.”
It also called on security agencies especially in Lagos, Delta and Abuja to stop the harassment and assault of doctors while carrying out their legitimate activities.
19 inducement allowance of doctors in various health institutions.
“NARD observes non-payment of arrears of the consequential adjustment of new minimum wage to some of her members.
It also observed with concern, the non-implementation of revised CONMESS and skipping arrears by some state governments in various state tertiary teaching hospitals.
Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
Shallow quake strikes off central Indonesia
A 5.7 magnitude quake jolted North Sulawesi province in the central part of Indonesia on Saturday evening, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said here.
The quake hit at 8:06 p.m. Jakarta time (1306 GMT) with the epicenter at seven km southeast of the province’s sub district of Melonguane and with the shallow of 10 km under the seabed.
The quake did not potentially trigger tsunami.
Indonesia is frequently stricken by quakes as it sits on a quake-prone zone in the Pacific Ring of Fire.
2 Iraqi Kurds killed in Turkish airstrike in northern Iraq
Two Iraqi Kurds from the same family were killed on Saturday in a Turkish airstrike in a border area inside the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, a local official said.
The Turkish aircraft in the morning bombarded a village in Deralok district in the northern part of Duhok Province and killed two family members and wounded another person in the village, Sami Oshana, head of the district’s administration, said in a statement.
Turkish forces frequently carry out ground operations, airstrikes and artillery bombardments against the positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq, especially the Qandil Mountains, the main base of the PKK.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
5.2-magnitude quake strikes Japan’s Gifu Prefecture, no tsunami warning issued
A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Hida District of Japan‘s Gifu Prefecture on Friday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The temblor occurred at 7:05 p.m. local time, with its epicenter at a latitude of 36.3 degrees north and a longitude of 137.6 degrees east, and at depth of 10 km.
The quake logged 4 in some parts of Gifu Prefecture on the Japanese seismic intensity scale which peaks at 7. No tsunami warning has been issued so far.
5.2-magnitude quake strikes Japan’s Gifu Prefecture: JMA
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 struck the Hida District of Japan‘s Gifu Prefecture on Friday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
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