The CVC additionally cautioned the federal government in opposition to a forceful reopening of universities, saying it will be counter productive.
The Committee of Vice Chancellors (CVC) of Federal Universities has appealed to the Nigerian authorities to rethink its choice on its strict adherence to the ‘No Work, No Pay’ coverage over the lingering conflicts with the college staff’ unions.
The physique mentioned the coverage could trigger extra injury than good to the schools.
The Nigerian authorities has vowed to not pay the college staff for the length their strike lasted, saying the choice is in compliance with the labour legal guidelines.
However the staff’ unions, and notably the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), have described the coverage as unfair and unjust.
ASUU mentioned instructing is the only activity of its members, saying it solely constitutes about 10 per cent of promotion standards. The union mentioned whereas on strike, its members nonetheless work on analysis and neighborhood improvement tasks.
The vice-chancellors mentioned the ‘No Work, No Pay’ coverage would create extra injury to the system and go away college students bearing the brunt of the dispute.
The CVC additionally cautioned the federal government in opposition to a forceful reopening of universities, saying it will be counterproductive.
That is contained in a communique launched by the Chairperson of the vice-chancellors’ committee, Sulayman Abdulkareem, a professor and Vice-Chancellor, College of Ilorin, after an emergency assembly of the committee on Tuesday.
The committee had convened n emergency assembly after a gathering with the Minister of Training, Adamu Adamu, and the Govt Secretary of the Nationwide Universities Fee (NUC), Abubakar Abdulrasheed, on the identical day.
The communique reads partially; “The place of the Authorities on this merchandise (No Work, No Pay) will create extra injury to the system as a result of the scholars would bear the brunt of ASUU’s response.
“Universities, due to the peculiar nature of their operations, should cowl the scheme of labor as supplied by the curriculum.
“CVC appeals to the Federal Authorities to rethink its stand and pay the withheld salaries on compassionate grounds, and particularly within the curiosity of Nigerian college students. Authorities’s acceptance of this enchantment would little doubt facilitate a fast decision of the deadlock.”
The vice-chancellors famous that the schools had been formally shut down and “the ability to open or shut down a college is vested solely within the Senate of every college.”
It mentioned: “Any try and preserve college students on campus with out their being absolutely engaged in educational and different actions could have disastrous penalties.”
In addition they appealed to the federal government to supply particular reopening grants for the schools to renovate rusty services on account of their abandonment throughout the strike that has lasted as much as seven months.
“Many particular tools particularly in our laboratories will must be recalibrated, bodily services must be renovated and electrical energy and water payments are excellent. Provided that many people haven’t obtained their overheads, the Authorities might want to help the schools with particular grants for re-opening,” it added.
On wage adjustment
The vice-chancellors, who emphasised the necessity for the upward evaluation of lecturers’ wage, famous that the present template by the Revenue, Salaries and Wages Fee and the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) have “depleted the salaries of lecturers and vice-chancellors to an all time low.”
It, subsequently, advisable that the federal government revisits the suggestions within the Nimi Briggs-led committee’s report “as their figures symbolize a greater supply that may stem the tide of unrest within the Universities.”
CVC additionally advocated full autonomy for universities “such that every college governing council can determine the salaries of their staff by following a nationwide minimal wage to be agreed by all stakeholders.”
The Minister of Training had introduced that IPPIS and the popular fee platforms by college staff are being examined and built-in by a technical committee and that the report can be made public quickly.
On this, the committee mentioned the up to date platform should recognise the peculiarities of the college system as identified by all of the university-based unions.
Revitalisation fund, EAA
The CVC, nonetheless, appealed with ASUU to train persistence for the federal government to incorporate the promised N170 billion for revitalisation within the 2023 price range for the fee to be disbursed within the first quarter of the 12 months.
The CVC suggested the federal government to supply for funds to settle the N50 billion for earned educational allowances (EAA) as an indication of goodwill.
It mentioned; “The Federal Authorities ought to think about this demand, supply for funds and pay this N50 billion now as an indication of goodwill and maintaining religion with the 2020 MOA,” it mentioned.
“ASUU ought to rethink its place and reciprocate this gesture to droop the strike”
In the meantime, the vice-chancellors bemoaned the embargo positioned on employment in federal universities, saying it has served as a bottleneck in its efforts to replenish present vacancies and “the already unhealthy staffing scenario.”
In line with them, the schools have up to now 5 months misplaced a considerable variety of Nigerian lecturers who’ve resigned to take up different jobs or moved to different international locations in quest of higher rewarding alternatives.
CVC additionally mentioned there’s the necessity to utterly evaluation the federal universities and their buildings.
The assertion mentioned: “By 2023, it will likely be 50 years since lecturers first went on strike in Nigeria. It’s evident that by the point we resolve this dispute, we might want to return to the desk to rethink the philosophy of college training in Nigeria, its funding and governance construction and the position every strategic stakeholder or accomplice will play.
“The general public universities have up to now 5 months misplaced a considerable variety of Nigerian lecturers who’ve resigned from their appointments and are taking over jobs exterior academia or in search of extra financially rewarding alternatives in different climes.
“Moreover, the embargo on employment and different bureaucratic bottlenecks which universities are made to move by of their means of recruitment to replenish present vacancies isn’t serving to the already unhealthy staffing scenario”
Qosim Suleiman is a reporter at Premium Instances in partnership with Report for the World, which matches native newsrooms with gifted rising journalists to report on under-covered points across the globe