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Fulfil your agreement, ASSU tells FG



The Kano Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, has called on the Federal Government to address all the outstanding issues in the agreements and memoranda they signed with the union to ensure industrial harmony in Nigeria.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the call was made by the zonal coordinator, Mr Abdulqadir Muhammad, during a news briefing at the end of a zonal meeting comprising the seven universities in the Kano Zone on Thursday.

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He explained that the issues include renegotiating the Federal Government-ASUU 2009 agreement, funding to revitalise public universities for global reckoning, and respect for university autonomy, among others.

According to him, the nonsigning of the draft renegotiated agreement has led to widespread discontent and declining morale among their members, resulting in a brain drain.

“Therefore, ASUU Kano zone calls on the President Bola Tinubu-led administration to respect the provisions of the International Labour Organization convention, to which Nigeria is a signatory.”

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He also called for the release of funds to pay salary arrears, Earned Academic Allowances, and withheld salaries.

On university autonomy, the union called on the Kano State Government to immediately reinstate the arbitrarily dissolved governing council of the two state-owned universities.

ASUU Kano zone further called on the state governments to take a queue from the presidential directive resulting from a court ruling to exempt tertiary institutions from IPPIS and stop illegal enrollment of their members into related platforms.

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On the state of the nation, ASUU expressed worry over recurring insecurity, poverty, unemployment, rising costs of living, livelihood displacement, and heightened poverty in the country.

They also called on the government to urgently review the Nigeria University Commission Act to check the proliferation of universities in the country without adequate provision for funding.