FG Inaugurates Three Committees In A Year
In the two years, no fewer than three committees were set up to examine the ongoing crisis in the university system, the PUNCH analysis found.
The period under review is between 2021 and 2022. PUNCH reports that the Staff Union of Universities, the umbrella organization for academic staff at Nigerian universities, has always been in conflict with the federal government.
The union is currently on strike over the government’s failure to meet some persistent demands. Demands include unblocking college revitalization fund; release of accrued faculty allowances, use of the University Transparency Accountability System for payment of faculty salaries and allowances; the end of government proliferation of universities;
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Renegotiating the 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement, among others.
The PUNCH reports that ASUU began a nine-month strike in 2020 that was called off in December 2020 and led to the establishment of a government committee led by Professor Munzali Jubril.
In 2021, the Munzali Committee, in cooperation with ASUU, presented recommendations in a draft treaty. ASUU was given a timetable for getting the government to sign the agreement, but it was not followed.
This forced the ASUU to go on strike again to get the federal government to sign the agreement in
At the height of the strike in March 2022, the federal government set up the Nimi-Briggs Committee to renegotiate the renegotiated agreement.
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ASUU entered the renegotiation of a renegotiated agreement with the federal government and formed the Nimi-Briggs Committee. On June 16, 2022, the government’s Nimi-Briggs Committee presented a draft agreement that was the result of collective bargaining.
Briggs Committee for lack of adequate resources. On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, the government reinstated another committee chaired by Adamu himself.