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Education: ASUU, students in solidarity protest over Union’s outstanding demands

UNILAG Lecturers and Students During the Protest on Akoka-Yaba Campus of the University

*Prof. Kayode Adebayo, Chairman ASUU, University of Lagos Chapter, explains the lecturers and students’ protest was to sensitise the general public about the insensitivity and silence of the Federal Government on the Union’s demands over the years

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Stressing the importance of quality education in the development of an individual, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos (UNILAG) Chapter, and students of the institution Thursday, July 4, 2024, protested over the nine unresolved demands of the union by the Federal Government.

ConsumerConnect learnt the University students, who came out in solidarity with their lecturers displayed placards with inscriptions.

Such inscriptions include “education is life; proper funding of university education is non-negotiable; lecturers too want an earthly reward for teaching all professions; stop establishing universities you cannot fund.”

The procession marched from the Julius Berger Hall on the campus to the UNILAG gate and back to the ASUU-UNILAG Secretariat, report stated.

The protesting lecturers and their students also sang solidarity songs as they distributed handbills listing their nine demands.

The unmet demands include the conclusion of the renegotiation of the FGN/ASUU agreement; Agreement, based on Nimi Briggs Committee’s draft Agreement of 2021; release of withheld three-and-a-half months’ salaries on account of the 2022 strike; and release of unpaid salaries of staff on sabbatical, part-time, and adjunct appointments owing to the application of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

Others are the release of outstanding third-party deductions, such as check-off dues and cooperative contributions; Funding for revitalisation of public universities (partly captured in 2023 Federal Government’s Budget).

Earned Academic Allowances (partly captured in the 2023 Federal Government’s Budget); proliferation of universities by Federal and State Governments; implementation of the reports of visitation panels to universities, and University Transparency and Accountability Solutions (in place of IPPIS) are equally part of the lecturers’ unresolved demands from the Federal Government.

Speaking on the development, Prof. Kayode Adebayo, Chairman ASUU-UNILAG, explained that the lecturers’ cum students’ protest was to sensitise the general public about the insensitivity and silence of the government on the Union’s demands over time.

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