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We Will Not Resume Work Until Strike Demands Are Met’ – ASUU



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Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) Said We Will Not Resume Work Until Strike Demands Are Met’

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Wednesday said it will not resume academic activities until its demands for embarking on industrial action are met before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The union added though, it is not opposed to calling for reopening of universities in the country.

However, the union asked Nigerians to “honestly interrogate this position.”

Speaking with reporters in Ilorin, Coordinator, Ibadan zone of ASUU Prof Ade Adejumo said “even if universities are opened today, our strike which was predicated on government’s readiness to honour its memorandum of agreement (MOA) with us continues.

“It is our responsibility to call the government’s attention to its duties to the nation and its citizens, this we have done and there is no going back.

Ibadan zone of ASUU comprises the University of Ibadan (UI), University of Ilorin (Unilorin), Osun State University (UniOsun), Kwara State University (KWASU), and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

He said that “throwing schools open in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic is an open invitation to a tragic explosion of the scourge on a scale never witnessed anywhere since its outbreak!”

Adejumo noted that there have been agitations from some quarters for the government to re-open schools, especially by proprietors of private universities, saying that the lives of students should not be endangered for pecuniary gains.

“Has the Nigerian government met the NCDC criteria on COVID- 19 protocol in our institutions? Must we endanger the lives of our children for pecuniary gains? Should the primary issue on life and death be used on profit matter? COVID-19 is still very much with us. It is in recognition of this fact that the government itself has rolled out certain conditions to be met before schools are re-opened.

“How many of our public institutions can confidently vouch for the safety of our children given the available facilities such as: provision of running water for handwashing; social distancing among students; the use of recommended face masks and shields, which are key components of NCDC protocols? A situation where a room meant for four now houses 20 students cannot be said to be social-distancing compliant. Our position, as a responsible Union on all these is that; throwing schools open in the midst of all these, is an open invitation to the tragic explosion of the COVID-19 scourge on a scale never witnessed anywhere since its outbreak! When this happens, Nigerians will not say that they were never warned,” he said.

The ASUU also said that members of the union would not resume work should the government reopen universities, saying, “Our strike action which was predicated on governments’ readiness to honour its MOA with us continues, even if the universities are opened today. It is our responsibility to call governments’ attention to its duties to the nation and its citizens; this we have done and there is no going back.

“In spite of the government’s attempt to blackmail ASUU for going on strike while coronavirus ravages the nation, it is instructive to put it on record that, the strike at that point in time was the most patriotic and pragmatic action for the Union to embark on. One would have thought that the government would use the opportunity of the lockdown to address the issues in contention with ASUU. Surprisingly, the government was carrying on as if the problems no longer exist. As we speak, the government has not called ASUU for discussion.

“Nigerians should note that IPPIS, though not part of our initial charter of demands, has been elevated to the status of the main issue by the government. Even at that, the Union has met the Government’s challenge for ASUU to develop an alternative platform that will take care of the peculiarities of the University system. To this end, we have developed and presented UTAS well ahead of the 18 months period that we promised while still addressing the problem of corruption as being touted by the government.

“This platform which is more comprehensive and robust than IPPIS was developed by our team of experts completely using our resources. This is another indication that speaks to the ability of Nigerian academics to further solve societal problems if given the requisite funding and enabling environment.

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We have not suspended strike – ASUU



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The Academic Staff Union of Universities has debunked speculations that its ongoing strike has been suspended .
It made the clarification via its Twitter handle
while reacting to #ASUUResumes trend on Friday.
According to the union , the report claiming that its members have resumed is false .
“ Contrary to speculations making the rounds in the social media that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU , has called off strike , nothing of such is true .
“ If we are going to call off our going strike , there is a process that will be followed and nothing of such has been done .”
The President of ASUU , Prof . Biodun Ogunyemi , had vowed that the union would sustain its ongoing strike action until the Federal Government addresses all its demands .
Ogunyemi said ASUU was asking the Federal Government to implement the 2012 universities ’ needs assessment .
He added that it was saddening that Nigerian university lecturers were still on the same salary scale of 2009 , stressing that this must be addressed before ASUU would suspend its ongoing strike .
Ogunyemi stated , “ Salary issues are still there ; we have not fully addressed that . It appears that some forces in government are bent on making our members to suffer by withholding their salaries. But we believe that once we sort out the issues of the Universities ’ Transparency and Accountability Solution , other issues will fall in place .
“ The 2009 agreement we had with the government stipulates that that agreement will be reviewed every three years , but since then , we have not been able to review the salary scale .
“ That is why we are saying that the negotiation we started with the government in 2017 ought to have been completed and with the completion of that negotiation process , a new salary scale should be in place .
“ We are insisting that the process is completed before this ongoing strike is suspended among other things . ”

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I have no doubts about Messi, says Koeman



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Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has said he has no concerns about Lionel Messi ahead of their first La Liga game of the season on Sunday after the Argentinian took another swipe at the club over the departure of Luis Suarez .
Koeman was also keen to point out it was not solely his decision to let Suarez join Atletico Madrid , with the Dutchman insisting he is not the “ bad guy in the movie ” .
Messi criticized how Suarez was pushed out as Barca try to reduce their wage bill , saying “ you deserved a goodbye for what you are ” before adding : “ But at this point, nothing surprises me anymore ” .
Barcelona plays Villarreal on Sunday at Camp Nou and Messi is expected to start , having reintegrated with the squad since claiming he was denied a transfer this summer.
Koeman said in a press conference on Saturday he was not worried about Messi , despite his captain ’s latest show of frustration .
“ It is normal for a player to be a bit sad when a friend of theirs leaves after the years that they have had together , it is part of football, ” said Koeman .
“ But the most important thing for me is how he has been. In training and in games , I think Leo has been an example for everyone , in his commitment to the club and to the team. I have no doubts about Leo in this regard . ”
Suarez scored 198 goals for Barcelona to become their third – highest goalscorer in history but the 33- year – old was deemed expendable after the team ’s disastrous end to last season .
Koeman was reported to have held a direct and short telephone conversation with Suarez about his future but Barca’ s new coach claims the decision was not only his.
“ At first it was like I was the bad guy in the movie ,” said Koeman . “ It ’s not like that because from the first day or after my call with Luis I showed respect for the player and the person he is.
“ He trained to the maximum from the first day and I always told him it could be difficult for him to play but if he stayed he would be one of the squad and could work like the others.
“ That ’s what I told the club too but these are decisions made by the club . Before signing the contract the club was thinking about changing things and I have tried to support those decisions.
“ But it was not only my decision as a manager, but they are also decisions of the club as well .”
Suarez follows Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo , and Arturo Vidal is leaving Barcelona this summer but the club have struggled to afford replacements.
“ The economic situation of the club is very complicated and it could be that they can ’ t bring in what I want , ” said Koeman . “ I knew that and I accept it and if I stay with these players, I will work very hard to improve them. ”

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Fernandes’ 100th minute penalty hands Man Utd win at Brighton



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Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty , awarded on a VAR review after the final whistle had blown , as Manchester United rode their luck to register their first Premier League points of the season with a thrilling 3- 2 win at Brighton on Saturday.
The Seagulls hit the woodwork five times and thought they had earned a deserved point when Solly March headed home to equalize in the 95th minute.
However , Neal Maupay ’s handball was penalized by referee Chris Kavanagh after he had blown for full- time and Fernandes converted from the spot in the 100 th minute.
Pre- season hopes that United could mount a title challenge to their biggest rivals Liverpool and Manchester City dissipated after a dire display in losing 3- 1 to Crystal Palace last weekend.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes and got more of the same for the first 45 minutes as Brighton controlled the game .
Leandro Trossard hit both posts with shots from outside the box, while Adam Webster ’ s looping header came back off the crossbar .
It took United 33 minutes to muster a flowing move involving the front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, and Mason Greenwood , who found the net but the goal was ruled out for offside against Rashford.
– VAR to the rescue –
Brighton finally got their reward when the tireless Tariq Lamptey burst into the box from right wing – back and was clipped by Fernandes .
The United midfielder was lucky to escape a second yellow card , but Maupay ensured they did pay the penalty with a cheeky chip down the middle of the goal as David de Gea dived to his left.
However , the lead lasted just three minutes as from a fiercely driven Fernandes free -kick , Nemanja Matic turned the ball back across goal and Lewis Dunk turned the ball into his own net .
VAR came to the rescue of both sides within the first 10 minutes of the second half .
United had already conceded a penalty in consecutive games for the first time in 11 years in the Premier League and thought they had given an away from a second spot – kick of the match when Paul Pogba was penalized for pulling back Aaron Connolly .
However , Kavanagh overturned his initial decision when he saw a replay of the incident .
At the other end, United ’ s front three was beginning to click as Rashford swept home Greenwood ’s low cross but this time VAR ruled against United with the goalscorer marginally offside .
There was no stopping Rashford moments later when he raced onto Fernandes ’s ball over the top and left Ben White trailing on the ground before his deflected effort found the top corner .
Brighton ’s bad luck continued when March became the next player to hit the woodwork as his low shot across De Gea came back off the inside of the far post before Trossard smashed against the bar with just the Spanish number one to beat .
The Seagulls seemed to finally have their reward when March ghosted in at the back post to head home Alireza Jahanbakash ’ s cross .
But in a chaotic finale, Harry Maguire ’ s header from a corner struck Maupay ’ s arm and to Brighton ’ s dismay , a penalty was awarded .
Fernandes has never missed a top – flight penalty and stayed cool under the pressure to ensure Solskjaer ’ s men escaped with all three points .

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