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ASUU DECLARES ONE WEEK WARNING STRIKE
Written by Dr M K Aliyu
Friday, 16 September 2011 16:15
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The National Executive Council meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) after taking reports from its branches on the refusal of Government to implement the vital aspects of the 2009 ASUU/FGN Agreement such as the non-passage of the law on 70 year Retirement for academics in Professorial cadre, Earned Allowances and Funding, resolved to embark on a One Week Warning strike beginning from 12 midnight of Sunday 25th September, 2011 as the first step, following which NEC shall reconvene to review the situation and take further action.

 
UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN NEC RESOLUTIONS
Written by Dr M K Aliyu
Monday, 12 September 2011 03:45
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RESOLUTIONS OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) MEETING OF THE ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU) HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN (UI), IBADAN ON SATURDAY 10TH – SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER, 2011

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) met on Saturday 10th – 11th September, 2011 at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. The meeting discussed among other issues matters arising from the Minutes of the last meeting, reports of NEC Standing Committees, report from the National Secretariat, finances of the Union, the State of the Nation, report from Zones and Branches. NEC took the following resolutions:

I.       ACCREDITATION

  1. 1. Principal Officers, Branch Chairpersons, Zonal Coordinators and Resource Persons were accredited for the meeting.
  2. 2. Dr Abubakar Lawan Garba was introduced as the new Chairperson of ATBU, Bauchi and Dr. M.K. Aliyu was introduced as the new acting Chairperson of ABU, Zaria.
  3. 3. Dr Odiyi Alexander C. (Vice-Chairperson, FUTA), Dr Abdulahadi Aminu (Secretary, KUST, Wudil) and Emeka Ategwu (Welfare Officer CRUTECH) were accredited to represent their branch Chairpersons respectively.
  4. 4. The following branches were not accredited to NEC on account of the non submission of accounts and/ or financial returns: FUTO, ESUT, EBSU, BSU, ANSU, KASU and UMYUK.

II.      REPORTS FROM NATIONAL SECRETARIAT

(i)           NEC directed that branch Chairpersons should take resolution at their Congresses, requesting their Universities to invest in NUPEMCO. The resolution should be sent to the Governing Council through the Vice-Chancellors.

(ii)         NEC directed UniAbuja, LAPAI, NSU and FUTM to send at least 25 persons to the opening ceremony of the Saharawi Conference coming up on 27th - 28th September, 2011 at Abuja.

(iii)       NEC reminded all branches to constitute functional Standing Committees of Congress and send their names and phone numbers of members to the National Secretariat before the next NEC. Defaulting branches shall not be accredited for the next NEC.

(iv) 2009 FGN/ASUU AGREEMENT: NEC took reports on the refusal of Government to implement the vital aspects of the Agreement such as the non-passage of the law on 70 year Retirement for academics in Professorial cadre, Earned Allowances and Funding. NEC resolved to embark on a one week warning strike beginning from 12 midnight of Sunday 25th September, 2011 as the first step, following which NEC shall reconvene review the situation and take further action.

(v) III. FINANCIAL REPORT

(i)           Branches must submit soft copies of the list of their membership to the National Secretariat one week before the next NEC. The list should contain the names of members, their ranks and departments.

(ii)         ASUU ABSU and ESUT should commence immediately the payment of the National Secretariat levy, failing which the branches shall not be accredited for the next NEC meeting.

IV.       NEC VISITATION/DELEGATION REPORTS

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

  • The Zonal Cordinator presented the interim report to NEC and requested that the team be allowed to revisit the branch. NEC directed that the Committee should go back to OAU and continue to monitor the process of reconciliation and improve the relationship among the disputing parties.
  • NEC noted the issues raised on non-deduction of check-offs at the branch as a fall out of the friction between the aggrieved groups and urged the branch to continue the struggle to restore peace and foster reconciliation.

University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB)

The report of the delegation to UNAAB was presented and NEC accepted the recommendations as follows:

(a)               There should be a follow-up visit by the delegation to the branch. The visit should aim at critical engagement of all principal actors in the crisis with a view to removing mutual suspicions and establishing a new regime of trust and cooperation.

(b)               A feedback interaction session should be held with the Congress of UNAAB for the purpose of educating the membership on the futility of falling prey to the antics of Vice-Chancellors who would normally want to use them to achieve their personal goals.

(c)               The delegation is to go back to UNAAB, however, with a fresh mandate.

V.       BRANCHES WITH PROBLEMS

Ekiti State University, (EKSU)

  • NEC considered the position of ASUU Ekiti State University (EKSU), on the minimum years of Professorial rank experience required of candidates vying for Vice- Chancellorship. For the process to be acceptable to ASUU, all doubts about the fairness of the process, including the criteria for qualification should be removed. No individual or groups should be made to feel that certain qualification criteria were tailored for or against specific persons.
  • In view of the prevailing circumstance in Ekiti State University, NEC firmly supports the demand by the EKSU ASUU branch in the selection exercise; specifically, NEC urges the branch to insist on its demand on the minimum Professorial experience required of candidates.

University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)

NEC noted the report submitted by the Chairperson and strongly condemned the continued withholding by the former branch leadership of the Union’s property. NEC reaffirmed its earlier position and has empowered the UNN Chairperson to use all legitimate means available to retrieve the Union’s property.

Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye (OOU)

NEC urged the Dr Dipo Fashina Committee on OOU to keep close watch on the developments in the University with a view to ensuring that the process of restoring the lost glory of the University is not derailed. NEC expressed its belief that if the Panel does its work well it should lead to the recall of our unjustly sacked members at OOU.

VI.       REPORTS FROM ZONES/BRANCHES

Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) and Rivers State University of Education (RSUE)

NEC granted permission to RSUST and RSUE to embark on an indefinite strike to press for their demands.

Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH)

  • The owner states are encouraged to set necessary machineries in motion for the constitution of a Governing Council and appointing a substantive Vice-Chancellor for the University.
  • NEC noted the resolutions of the branch and in very strong terms condemned the tendency to domesticate any University and/or operate a University along sectional lines.
  • NEC adopted the report of the delegation to LAUTECH and approved the following recommendations, that:

i)                    The Principles of ASUU should be reproduced and distributed to all branches and especially members of ASUU LAUTECH

ii)                  The internal process of reconciliation in the Branch should be encouraged to continue to its logical conclusion and members should be encouraged to work together in peace and harmony.

iii)                Henceforth any member who participates in the activities of any association that is injurious to the Union shall be sanctioned.

iv)                NEC should send a high-powered Delegation to the Governors of the two owner- states to persuade them on the need to work out an enduring plan to ensure the smooth running of the University.

v)                  The Branch should work together to uphold the statute of the university and the FGN/ASUU Agreement, especially in the appointment of Vice-Chancellor. NEC should ensure that the undue ethnicization of the appointments of Vice-Chancellors in Nigerian universities (Federal or State) is discouraged.

vi)                Members who are involved in conducting branch elections should discharge this sacred responsibility with utmost sincerity and without prejudice. Electoral guidelines must be clearly spelt out and widely publicized before every election.

vii)              Everything should be done to accredit the medical programmes in LAUTECH to enable affected students write their qualifying examinations.

viii)            Henceforth all quarterly financial reports sent to the National Secretariat should be accompanied with the minutes and the attendance list of the congress meeting where the reports had been presented.

University of Ilorin (Unilorin)

NEC observed that academic members of the community are being gradually re-sensitized to the ideals of the Union. Accordingly, NEC approved a Zonal visitation to the branch to interact with members and also with the University Administration on all relevant issues.

 

Imo State University (IMSUB)

The request of Imo State University to resume their suspended strike was not granted because the issue of non payment of salary was not included in the items presented to the Zone for consideration and presentation to NEC.

Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA)

NEC condemned in strong terms the kidnapping of Dr Adetunji Akinlabi of the Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department of FUTA and calls on the Federal Government and all the security agencies to ensure his safe release and in healthy condition. The union also insists that the Government and its security agencies must be alive to the responsibility of securing the lives and property as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Kebbi State University of Science and Technology (KSUST)

NEC directs the Kano zone to send a delegation to meet with the Pro-Chancellor of Kebbi State University, Alero with a view to facilitating the commencement of the process of installing a substantive a substantive Vice-Chancellor.

Kano State University of Science and Technology (KUST)

NEC resolved to write a letter to the Visitor of the University to urgently constitute a Governing Council in line with the provisions of the University Law and those of the ASUU/FGN Agreement of 2009.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU)

NEC considered the report of ATBU Bauchi to embark on ANC but directed the branch to stay action in view of the fact that NEC is taking actions on the matter wholistically.

Federal University of Technology Yola (FUTY)

  • NEC condemned in strong terms, the pouring of acid on a part I Economics student of Federal University of Technology, Yola, Miss Franca Ogbu Ugwo, by a fellow male student, Mr Nkire Bright Chibuzo. NEC considered this brutal act as a typical man’s inhumanity to a fellow human being.
  • NEC further resolved to monitor closely the prosecution procedure of the culprit and demands that the police handle the matter with the utmost transparency and forthrightness required.

VII       NEC COMMITTEE REPORTS

Investment and Finance Committee

NEC adopted the report of Investment and Finance Committee and resolved as follows:

  • Branches should submit guidelines on which their Cooperative Societies are operating.
  • The adopted report of the Cooperatives by the AGM should be sent to the Investment Officer of the Union

VIII   DATES FOR BRANCH ELECTIONS

NEC approved election/by-election for the following branches:

1. FUTY              23rd November          =          Full Election.

2.            UI                    24th November          =          Full Election.

3.            BUK                10th November          =          Full Election.

4.            AAUE             30th November          =          Full Election.

5.            DELSU          23rd November          =          Full Election.

6.            UNIABUJA    29th November          =          Full Election.

7.            UNIJOS         26th October  =          By-election (Treasurer)

8.            AAU                19th October              =          By-election (Investment Sec)

9.            EKSU             11th October              =          By-election (Treasurer)

10.          UMYU                        12th October              =          By-election (Internal Auditor, Sec)

11.          BAIU               20th October = By-election (Sec., Ass. Sec., Internal  Auditor, Welfare Secretary and Treasurer)

 

All elections should be monitored by the Zonal Coordinators except for AAU, Ekpoma to be monitored by the Chairperson of UNIBEN, BUK election to be monitored by Chairperson of ABU and UniAbuja election to be monitored by Chairperson FUAM.

XII.   DATE AND VENUE OF NEXT NEC

An Emergency NEC meeting shall hold at University of Abuja. Arrival at the Secretariat on Friday, 14th October, 2011.

 
ASUU NEC MEETING
Written by Dr M K Aliyu
Sunday, 21 August 2011 16:32
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THE NEXT MEETING OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) OF THE ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU) IS COMING UP ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2011  AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN, IBADAN - NIGERIA. ARRIVAL IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2011 AT THE SENIOR STAFF CLUB.

Last Updated on Sunday, 21 August 2011 16:56
 
URGENT INFORMATION TO ALL ASUU MEMBERS
Written by Dr M K Aliyu
Saturday, 10 September 2011 12:39
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The National Delegates’ Conference held in Kano on May 16-18, 2008 resolved as follows on Ethics and organizational discipline.

ETHICS/ORGANIZATIONAL DISCIPLINE

 

ASUU LEADERSHIP:

BRANCH LEVEL

A member, to qualify to hold office, must:

  1. not be on Sabbatical, Leave of Absence or Study Leave
  2. not be a student within the university he is aspiring for office
  3. be a confirmed staff.
  4. be an active member of the union
  5. not have been found guilty of any anti-union activities
  6. not have been involved in any form of finance-related misconduct or indictment

 

NATIONAL LEVEL

There should be a systematic effort to groom successive leaders at the national level. To this end, for a member to qualify to be a national officer he/she must have served in at least one of the following positions – former Principal Officer, currently serving as a Principal Officer, Branch Chairman, Convener of a NEC Committee, Zonal Coordinator or a member of the Negotiating Team.

 

CRISIS INTERVENTION

DISCIPLINE:

Approved Regulations

Sanction(s) for Violation

1. Mobilisation of Members

First Time

Second Time

(a). Congress meeting at least once in a quarter.

Warning from NEC

Chairman suspended for three months after Due Process

(b). Briefing Congress within two weeks after each NEC or relevant National activities

Ditto

Ditto

(c). Distribution of Resolutions and essential documents

Ditto

Ditto

(d). Functional welfare facilities, welfare fund, cooperative, etc.

Ditto

Ditto

 

(e). Carrying out activities directed by NEC: i. Elected Officer

 

ii. Appointed Officer

 

Three months suspension by Branch

Three months suspension by NEC

 

 

 

Suspension till end of tenure

Removal from office after Due Process.

 

2. Improving Quality of Leadership of Branches

First Time

Second Time

 

 

 

(f) Functional Committee System.

Warning

Suspension for six months after Due Process.

(g) Satisfactory attendance of NEC (three consecutive NEC)/and National Activities.

Query/ Warning from NEC

Removal from office by Branch through NEC directive after Due Process

(h)Deliberate misrepresentation and/hoarding of resolutions and essential documents.

Ditto

Ditto

 

3. Finance

First Time

Second Time

(i) Remittance of check-off within 30 days of collection.

Query. No capital project

After 90 days, suspension of Chairman until remittance is made after Due Process. No hosting right for 12 months

(j) Submission of quarterly report to Branch Congresses and National Secretariat 30 days after the quarter.

Query to Chairman. Write to Branch through Zonal Coordinator

Suspension of Chairman after Due Process. No hosting right for 12 months

(k) Response to auditors (internal and external) queries and request 30 days.

Ditto

Ditto

(l) Payment of debts:

- levies for National

- for Branches and individuals

- publications

- audit fees

- etc.

 

Query the Branch

 

Suspend the branch from NEC until remittance

4. Stability of Branches and Union

First Time

Second Time

National Officer undermining the Branch

Query by NEC, due process leading to discipline

 

Meddling in Branch matters:

 

 

-          elected officer

-          appointed officer

National officer working against NEC directives

 

5. Branch failure to comply with NEC directive which has implication of an illegal extension of tenure of a branch executive.

Suspension from office till end of tenure after Due Process

Ditto

Ditto

 

 

Warning to the Branch Exco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Removal of the Branch exco and NEC organise an election for new exco in the branch.

 

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 10 September 2011 14:28
 
UPDATE ON THE ASUU ACADEMIC JOURNALS
Written by Dr M K Aliyu
Saturday, 18 June 2011 13:42
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Authors of articles meant for any of the three ASUU Journals can directly upload them on the Journals' website through the following address: www.asuujournal.org. The intending authors must register to upload.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 June 2011 14:06
 
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