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Monday, 21 January 2019

ASUU Vows To Continue Strike As Negotiations Breaks Down

The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday said that it would continue with the ongoing strike unless the Federal Government satisfied their demand on the revitalization.


Speaking after the rescheduled meeting with the FG at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment which lasted about four hours , ASUU president , Prof Biodun Ogunyemi , told reporters that the meeting ended with grey areas to be resolved .

He said :
 "We have not suspended the strike, the discussion will continue at a later date . We are going back to our members for further consultation . FG gave us reaction to our proposals but there were still grey areas that we are trying to sort out .
“ Before the strike can be suspended , the most critical area that FG must address is revitalization. It is central to our academic work , unless that area is addressed, our members will still have issues . We are not demanding for N 50bn, we are saying that the minimum that FG can release to reactivate revitalization fund is N 50bn . ”
The Minister of Labour and Employment , Dr Chris Ngige , however said that the FG and made substantial commitment to ASUU demands and would meet the leadership again when they were ready .


He added that although he had expected a marathon session with ASUU because President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered him to ensure that all issues relating to the strike were resolved , the meeting ended early .

He said :
“ We did not take a long time than we anticipated . We have other commitments but the important thing is that we have made substantial progress. We have reached some agreements in seven areas. Most of the issues have been resolved but ASUU will need to consult its members and come with what they think .
The current ASUU strike has been on for more than 1 month now and series of meetings have been held with no positive result yielded.
Many believe the government is not serious about giving in to ASUU's demands as it is focused on the forthcoming election.

This is in following the MoU signed by both ASUU and FG in 2013 wherein the federal government agreed to pay the academic body N1.3 trillion as part of the funds for the revitalisation of the universities.
Although the MoU had stipulated that the payment be made in tranches of N200 billion in 2013; N220 billion 2014; N220 billion 2015; 220 billion in 2016; N220 billion in 2017 and N220 billion in 2018, only N200 billion was released in 2013.

The meeting which started at 5pm on Monday, ended around 9pm with both parties in disagreement and a later date has been reschedule for more talks.


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