Good morning and welcome to another edition of Brainnews daily updates on the ongoing ASUU strike in Nigeria.
Below is the latest updates you need to read today:
1. FG exempts ASUU from IPPIS, raises allowances, revitalization fund to N65bn
The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) appeared on Friday to be moving closer to an agreement after government decided to exempt the union from the controversial Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The university lecturers are expected to develop their own payment platform, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), which will replace IPPIS.
Government also agreed to ASUU’s demand to pay their members’ salary arrears from February to June through the old salary payment platform – the Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System.
After weeks of negotiations and foot-dragging, government offered to raise the Earned Academic Allowances to university staff from N30bn to N35bn and the revitalisation fund from N20bn to N25bn.
2. Why we dragged FG, ASUU to court over strike – Law students
The Nigerian Law students have explained why they sued the Academic Staff Union of Universities and relevant ministries representing the Federal Government for the lingering strike which has led to the shutdown of various public universities since March 2020.
The students through the National President of the Law Students Association of Nigeria, Blessing Agbomhere, sought an award of N10bn as compensation for the violation of their rights to education for the period of about nine months that their public institutions of learning had been shut down.
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1551/2012 was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday.
3. FG, ASUU don’t care about Nigerian students —Seun Kuti
Seun Kuti, son of the legendary Afrobeat maestro, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has slammed the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government over the inability of both parties to reach a resolution to end the eight-month strike embarked on by the university lecturers.
According to the social crusader, who spoke while featuring on a television programme in Lagos on Friday, officials of the government and ASUU have been foot-dragging because their children don’t attend public varsities.