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FG Lied, We Didn’t Reach Agreement To Suspend Strike Dec 9, Says ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has disputed a claim by the Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige that the union agreed to end its nine-month strike before December 9.

ASUU National President Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said in a statement on Tuesday that the government’s claim was false.

The union’s head said, “ASUU leadership did not reach any understanding with government to suspend the strike on December 9, 2020, and there is nothing in the government offer of November 27, 2020 to suggest that conclusion as allegedly claimed by the Minister of Labour and Employment.

“At our last meeting in the office of the Minister of Labour and Employment on November 27, 2020, the ASUU leadership promised to faithfully present the latest government offer to its members through the established tradition.

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“The latest offer by government makes proposals on nearly all items of demand by the union with timelines. Among others, the document which was signed by the Hon. Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, contains proposals on inauguration of the reconstituted FGN-ASUU Renegotiation Committee (1st December, 2020); release of details about Visitation Panels (1st December, 2020); working on the actualisation of the release of the withheld salaries of ASUU members (Wednesday, December 9, 2020).

“Clause 9 on the document reads, ‘Based on these conclusions reached on items 1-8, ASUU’s leadership will consult its organs with a view to suspending the ongoing strike.’”

He explained that the principal officers and trustees who constituted the core of representatives of ASUU at negotiation meetings with government were not constitutionally empowered to suspend any strike action.

The union urged the government to fulfil its end of the deal.

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Relief As Lagos Petrol Tanker Drivers Suspend Strike

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has called off its strike in Lagos State.

Commissioner for information Gbenga Omotoso shared the news on Twitter on Monday.

NUPENG, had in a statement on Friday, directed tanker drivers to begin withdrawal of their services in Lagos from midnight on Monday.

The union said the strike became necessary due to failure of various authorities in the state to address some pending issues.

Details later…

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Ogun Resident Doctors Ended Strike

The Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, Ogun State had suspended the indefinite strike it embarked upon over “persistent decline in the workforce” at the state-owned health institution last night.

It was earlier reported that the ARD vows to never put an end to the industrial action until the government comes to term with them.

The Secretary of the ARD OOUTH, Dr. Ajose Olufemi who earlier said that ” it is only the Congress that can decide on when to end the strike”, revealed that the one-week old strike was suspended in honour of Governor Dapo Abiodun who had approved recruitment of doctors at the health institution.

He also believe that the association expects the Hospital Management to  complete the recruitment processes within four weeks.

“The ARD however had an Emergency General Meeting today and resolved to suspend  the indefinite strike.

“This suspension of the Industrial action is to honor the Governor for his approval of the immediate employment of Resident Doctors and other health workers in the Teaching Hospital.

“We however expects the Hospital Management to have completed the recruitment processes in four(4)weeks.

“The Congress of the ARD,OOUTH appreciates the kind gestures of his Excellency towards the Teaching Hospital and other healthcare facilities in the state.

“We appreciate also the administrative panel set up by the Governor to look into the issues affecting the growth of the Teaching Hospital.

“We want to assure the Hospital Management, the State Government and Members of the Public that we shall NOT relent in the discharge of our duties and our agitations for an international standard health care system and delivery in Ogun state”, the statement said.

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