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ASUU to hold crucial meeting with Federal government today

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Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU is set to hold an important meeting with Federal government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment, in Abuja on Thursday over the strike in public universities since November 5.

The Punch confirmed on Wednesday’s that the Federal Government delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, would meet with ASUU executives led by the National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in Abuja to review the September 2017 Memorandum of Action.

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ASUU to hold crucial meeting with Federal government today


ASUU said during its National Executive Council meeting in Akure, Ondo State, on  November 4 that it asked its members to resume strike because of certain unimplemented areas in the 2017 MoA, which suggested the Federal Government’s insincerity to the demands by the lecturers.

Ogunyemi confirmed that the union would meet with the Federal Government’s delegation today.

He said,

“Yes, the government wrote  us on Tuesday, inviting us to a meeting on Thursday.”

A top ASUU member, who does not want his name in print, added that the meeting would focus on reviewing the 2017 Memorandum of Action and renegotiating the unimplemented areas.

He said,

“We guess that,  apart from the Ministry of Labour and Employment’s delegation, there will also be representatives from the Ministry of Education at the meeting. You know what the labour ministry always says is that they are mediators. They bring the parties together to facilitate the resolutions of the crisis.

“The meeting will look at all the issues we have raised, both in the memorandum and even in the media.”

The Punch obtained a copy of the 2017 Memorandum of Action, which will be reviewed by the two parties and the memorandum highlighted the seven-point issues in dispute.

They are the funding of revitalisation of universities, earned academic allowances, staff schools, pension matters, salary shortfalls, Treasury Single Account exemption and state universities.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Federal Government Implementation Committee of the FG/ASUU agreement, Dr Wale Babalakin, has said ASUU must come to the negotiating table for permanent solutions to the issues, based on verifiable data.

Babalakin, while speaking in an interview, said the team remained committed to resolving the recurrent disputes militating against the progress of the tertiary education sector.

He said, “Information available is that the government manages to pay the salaries and sometimes the basic overheads of federal universities.”


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110 Comments

  1. I just hope they don’t agree to whatever the federal government has to say,they should just hold on to there words

  2. That’s a very good one, let them resolve it because this strike of a thing is really setting students back

  3. Government should please meet the demand of this workers so that they will resume their various offices
    It will be a thing of joy if they should call of the strike..

  4. I hope they try and resolve and reach on a concrete agreement on this issue once and for all, so that they will call off the strike

  5. I strongly believe the Fed govt will comply with the ASUU demand. This country treat lecturers badly. Imagine paying basic salary sometimes, doesn’t sound nice.

  6. I hope it will be worth the meet, because out leaders are not interested in Our educational system, since their own children are not attending these Schools

  7. With the unwillingness of the Nigerian state to give education a top priority, it is unlikely that the problems between asuu and the FG will ever come to a conclusive end

  8. another meeting where they will go and brainwash the asuu leaders again. another meeting where the government will remind them of the promise of the increment of minimum wage which will make them happy and agree to end the meeting without a date for implementation. i can bet that the leadership of asuu arent among those workers that are paid 18k minimum wage, if not, they would have gotten what they wanted from the government long before now, so we understand the reluctancy

  9. We hope they reach a consensus because at this point of our political history any thing is possible. Let the two parties put the interest of our educational system above their personal or political interests.

  10. The government should just answer them I wonder how they enjoy their workers going in strike every time. The money is there release and let everyone have peace

  11. Federal government should ensure that their demand are met oh,so that students can return back to school, because this strike is always creating more problems in the society student who ought to be in classes not ,thereby involving themselves in other social problems

  12. They are having meetings all the time but they are not coming to conclusion , time is going and the Asuu is still on and is affecting the student academically

  13. Public institutions and incessant Asuu or Nasuu strike. When will it stop in the country ? It has been a bane since time immemorial. Asuu and federal government always at loggerheads. May God save the nation’s education. They should reach an agreement and call our wards back to school. Bag of rice or beans that lasts 2 or 3 months in the home is down in just 1 week. Lol

  14. Let the outcome of this meeting with the government and ASUU be positive please, the memorandum should also be sorted intensely.

  15. Every time meeting and nothing good ever comes out of the meetings. I am sure federal government knows how to deceive these people.

  16. For the sake of students, a comfortable ground should be reached. ASUU strike ain’t no joke. I’ve had my fair share.

  17. I can’t wait to hear the out come I just pray the federal government respond well because we don’t have time to waste anymore

  18. ASUU and FG should reach a compromise and allow students to go back to school. Strike every now and then is negatively affecting our education.

  19. They better come out of the meeting with something tangible and end this ASUU strike tradition in Nigeria

  20. ASUU strike has become toovfrquent. Whatever the reasons for the strikes, our children are d ones suffering. Please think of a more productive way to get your demands met

  21. What different do they have to say other than to bribe the men to return to their job while the boys suffer.

  22. I pray the meeting hold and end well in favour of ASSU. So that schools can resume, tired of staying at home.

  23. I pray the meeting they are about to hold should yield positive result. The student are at home they should please be consider.

  24. I hope they will resolve problem of this strike once and for all so that our students will go back to learn

  25. I’m really rooting for compromise on FG’s part because academic activities have been paralyzed one too often because of ASUU strikes.

  26. Please government should say something positive concerning this strike we are tired of staying at home

  27. A country that wants to develop should know that education is a vital instrument, please let us invest in it

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