As Nigerian university lecturers enter their eighth month of strike, president Muhammadu Buhari has listed the minister of education Adamu Adamu among the recipients of national honours – an order of awards given to citizens and sometimes foreigners in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the nation’s development – to the chagrin of many Nigerians.
The national honours seen as an official validation of one’s excellence in a chosen career will now be awarded to Mr Adamu, deemed incompetent by many citizens over his inability to proffer reasonable solutions to end the prolonged eight months strike of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which began February 14.
Mr Adamu’s tenure as education minister since 2015 has witnessed over 20 months of strike, an astounding record that has left many students academically stranded across the nation.
Schools like the Obafemi Awolowo Univeristy, Ile-Ife had to merge new students from two academic sessions 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 for lectures in 2022 before the current strike.
Some students who have written their final examination were yet to be mobilised for the mandatory national youth service year and are unable to apply for jobs because recruiting organisations demand both university and NYSC certificates which haven’t been issued due to the strike.
In 2017 under Mr Adamu’s watch, ASUU embarked on a one month strike that lasted between August 17 and September 18.
In 2018, the union began another strike that lasted three months, from November 4, 2018 to February 7, 2019.
In 2020, ASUU embarked on its longest strike lasting from March 23 to December 23, a nine month period which translated to a wasted session on the academic calendar.
In 2022, the union has been on strike since February 14 and all negotiations so far have reached stalemate. The federal government is unwilling to accede to the demands of the academic union. The strike has been on for a over eight months.
Secondary school education has also degenerated under Mr Adamu with JAMB cut-off marks for university admissions reducing from 180 marks in 2015 when he assumed office to 140 marks in 2022.
NLC, TUC, ASUU, Others Defy Court Order As They Begin Strike
The NLC had on Monday announced the commencement of the industrial action from midnight of Monday, 13 November, in defiance to a restraining order issued by the National Industrial Court in Abuja on Friday.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and its affiliates including the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, began a nationwide strike, in defiance to a restraining court order barring them from embarking on the industrial action.
The two major labour unions, NLC and TUC, had declared the strike, following the brutalisation of the NLC president, Joe Ajaero, in Imo State on 1 November. Mr Ajaero was attacked in Owerri, the state capital, during an NLC protest against the Imo State government over alleged maltreatment of workers in the state.
The unions on Monday directed their members to down tools across the country as from Tuesday.
This is despite the restraining order issued by the National Industrial Court, in Abuja, on Friday, stopping the labour unions from embarking on the strike. The judge, Benedict Kanyip, ordered the two major labour unions to stop their industrial action scheduled to commence 14 November.
The interim order followed an ex-parte request by the Nigerian government through the office of Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, due to the Labour unions’ threat to embark on strike.
Ignoring the court order, ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, a professor of soil science, on Monday, directed compliance with the strike declaration in a letter to ASUU zonal coordinators and branch chairpersons across the country.
“As an affiliate of NLC, all members of our union are hereby directed to join this action of NLC to protect the interest of Nigerian workers and the leadership of the union. Zonal coordinators and branch chairpersons should immediately mobilise our members to participate in the action,” ASUU President, Mr Osodeke, wrote in a letter to zonal and branch chairpersons of the union.
When PREMIUM TIMES asked Mr Osodeke if he was aware of the subsisting court order stopping the strike, he said the question should be directed to the NLC which called for the strike.
“Call the NLC, ASUU did not declare a strike, NLC declared the strike. Call NLC,” he said in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning.
But the NLC’s head of information, Benson Upah, did not respond to phone calls and messages sent to his line requesting for comments, as of the time of filing this report.
The labour unions had, on Monday, refused to acknowledge the court order while directing their members to withdraw their services as from Tuesday.
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Al-istiqama University Sumaila Releases Cut-off Marks for UTME and DE Candidates.
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(OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR)
14TH SEPTEMBER, 2023
COMMENCEMENT OF UTME / DIRECT ENTRY ONLINE SCREENING FOR THE 2023/2024 ACADEMIC SESSION
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