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ASUU Strike Can’t Be Called Off Anytime Soon” – President, ASUU.

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The President of the Academic Staff Union of
Universities ( ASUU ) said on Friday said he
could not determine when it would call off its
strike until when the members of the union
met to decide the next course of action.
The Federal Government and ASUU had, after
a 14-hour meeting, which ended on Friday
morning, said in a communiqué that ASUU
would meet with its members and revert to
the Federal Government within one week.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr.
Chris Ngige, who spoke to journalists by
3.30am on Friday, said government had also
pledged itself to the contentious issues raised
by the union, while the ASUU President, Prof.
Biodun Ogunyemi, on the other hand, said the
union had useful deliberations and would
consult its members and revert to the
government.
Ogunyemi added, “Now, we have some
concrete proposals to take back to our
members as part of our consultations. Like the
labour minister said, we plan to come back to
the government to take a final decision, as
advised by our members.”
When asked when the union would meet its
members, the ASUU President, in a telephone
interview with one of PUNCH correspondents
on Friday, said a date had yet to be fixed, but
that the leadership of the union would meet
with the members within the seven days it
agreed with the union.
He added, “We cannot determine when we
would call off the strike, until we meet our
members, and they would be the ones to
determine whether the agreements we had
with the government would be enough to call
off the strike, but we are yet to fix a date for
the meeting.”
Ngige, who alongside the Education minister,
Mallam Adamu Adamu, led the government
delegation, read the communiqué to
journalists.
He said both parties discussed seven issues,
including funding of universities, earned
academic allowances, staff schools, salary
shortfalls and the issue of Treasury Single
Account.
He said government would make some funds
available in September and October to show
good faith and show that the agreement could
be relied on.
He said, “Most of these issues stem from the
2009 agreement and the 2013 Memorandum
of Understanding that the government had
with ASUU. Most of these issues did not crop
up during the Buhari administration, but
government is a continuum. We inherited
them. Therefore, on funding, this negotiating
team has brought a current proposal to which
we agree can be worked out.
“However, because of the inability of the
government to pay the initial amount of
N220bn, we have agreed on a seven-man
technical and working committee and ASUU is
expected to send three nominees to the
committee.
“On the issue of earned allowances, we agreed
that payments have started in that direction.
On staff schools, we have also agreed with the
union demands. The same for salary shortfalls
as government has shown commitment as we
have started payments. We have also agreed
on the TSA, by which the Central Bank will
create a special account so that research
funds and endowment funds be exempted.
“Based on these conclusions, ASUU will
consult with its members and revert to the
government within one week. We expect them
within one week. The meeting was very
cordial.”
The education minister also said, “We have
discussed these areas and reached
agreements. The union will get back to us
within a week.”

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