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ASUU To Parents: Hold Buhari Responsible For Any Strike Action

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ASUU To Parents: Hold Buhari Responsible For Any Strike Action

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has advised Nigerians to hold President Muhammadu Buhari responsible for any strike action.

According to ASUU’s two zones that hinted at a possible strike, it’s not in its best interest to stop working, but the Buhari-led government should be held accountable if the body of university lecturers embarks on another strike.

The Abuja and Bauchi zones of the union made this known on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, while accusing the government of not implementing the agreement it signed with the lecturers in December 2020.

Why ASUU last went on strike

It would be recalled that in March 2020, ASUU embarked on a strike as a result of its disagreement with the Federal Government on the funding of universities, the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), funding and revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, promotion arrears and renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.

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ASUU held several meetings with the Federal Government on the UTAS and the other issues, which were approved by the government, with a promise of prompt implementation.

The government’s assurance of implementation, which was accompanied by the signing of a Memorandum of Action, led to the calling off of the strike on December 24, 2020, after the Federal Government also agreed to exclude ASUU members from the IPPIS.

However, ASUU for some weeks now has been urging the government to fulfill the agreements contained in the Memorandum of Action, which it signed with the union.

As a result, the Abuja zone of the union, at its congress, accused the Federal Government of reneging on its promises and warned that such an action could lead to a fresh industrial action in the nation’s universities.

The zone comprises the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State; Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State; Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State; and the University of Abuja.

The union said it could no longer guarantee industrial harmony in public universities due to the attitude of the government to the agreements.

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The zonal coordinator, Dr. Salahu Lawal, disclosed this at a press conference in Abuja.

Lawal urged Nigerians and parents with children in public universities to hold the government responsible for the consequences that might arise from the non-implementation of the MoA.

His words: “Recall that our union signed a Memorandum of Action with the government, leading to the suspension of the 2020 strike action in February 2021, but almost nine months on, ASUU is again calling on the government to honour its promises to the Nigerian people on the immediate deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

“The government, as it has always done, again reneged on its promises to the union and the nation, a development that can lead to another industrial action in the universities.

“We, therefore, demand the implementation of all outstanding provisions in the February 7, 2021 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action; the immediate deployment of ASUU’s innovation of a more robust system of human resources management and compensation called the UTAS; and the immediate payment of outstanding earned academic allowances to our members.

“We also demand the full implementation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement as renegotiated in 2021 based on the ILO’s collective bargaining principle; immediate action on the report of the presidential visitation panels to federal universities without delay; and immediate action on the recommendations of the committee on state universities.

“We urge all Nigerians to hold the Federal Government responsible if the union decides to embark on another industrial action following the non-implementation of the MoA.”

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VAT In Nigeria: Elders Says Northern Region Can Survive Without South

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VAT In Nigeria: Elders Say Northern Region Can Survive Without South

Value Added Tax (VAT) in Nigeria controversy appears to have taken a new turn, as Northern Elders Forum (NEF) said the country’s region could survive without money from the southern part.

Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF Director of Publicity and Advocacy, made this known during an interview on Arise TV’s ‘The Morning Show’ breakfast programme, as he reacted to the issue some states were having with the federal government on VAT in Nigeria.

His words: “I will advise that we wait to hear what the court says. However, even the fact that it has become an issue suggests that we really do need to address the fundamentals and the manner in which the federation works.

“We have always supported restructuring. We have always asked that a major and genuine shift initiative either by groups or the National Assembly so that matters like this be addressed properly.

“If we don’t do that now, then we should get a leader that would do that in 2023. This administration appears not to understand the importance of restructuring; we do in the north, we recognise the fact that we need to change the manner in which we generate wealth and allocate (it).

“The thing about is: the north wants restructuring; the north wants fiscal federalism. We are a rich region and we can live on what we have, even if we don’t have the billions that accrue to others states. Our poverty is not a kind of problem that we would break this country over.”

Maintaining that the VAT in Nigeria tussle is a wake-up call to northern governors, Bala-Ahmed charged them to develop sustainable resources and encourage human capital development in the region.

The NEF spokesman continued, “North, you said you have many people but you are under-developing your own people – the biggest liability of the north is that we have a huge population that is under-developed. You need to develop the human capital that you have.

“We need leaders, the current governors don’t recognise this. Otherwise, they won’t be involved in this argument; allow the court to decide.”

“But for goodness sake, (they should) begin to think — what else can we do if the court decides now that Rivers State is right, Lagos State is right, and they won’t be getting all these billions coming in from VAT? What happens?” he queried.

Recent events about VAT in Nigeria

Recently, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers dragged the federal government to court over the allocation of revenue generated from VAT in Nigeria.

Wike argued that his government should be the legitimate collector of the tax type and not the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), as the case is.

Surprisingly to members of the public, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos joined in the suit against the federal government. In fact, days after Justice Stephem Pam of a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt ruled that Rivers State government had the powers to collect VAT within its territory, Sanwo-Olu signed the controversial VAT bill into law.

In a previous report, Newsrand detailed everything about VAT.

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Buhari To Present Nigeria’s Statement At The UN General Assembly, As Second Speaker On Friday

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Buhari To Present Nigeria’s Statement At The UN General Assembly, As Second Speaker On Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari who arrived in New York on Sunday, to participate in the ongoing 76th Session of the UN General Assembly, is to present Nigeria’s statement to the General Assembly on Friday, Sept. 24.

The Nigerian leader would be the second speaker on the fourth day and would deliver his address around 9 a.m. (around 2 p.m. Nigerian time) to other world leaders at the morning session.

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He had earlier attended the opening of the General Debate of the 76th session of the General Assembly.

Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, and Head of Chancery of the Permanent Mission, Muyiwa Onifade.

No fewer than 100 heads of state attended the General Debate in person in New York, while others spoke through pre-recorded videos, the UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

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