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Sunday, January 20, 2019

ASUU, FG Resume Negotiations Today

Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government of Nigeria are to resume negotiation on today, January 21, 2019 in order to resolve the two-month-old strike embarked upon by lecturers.

National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, confirmed the development in a telephone interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, in Abuja, on Friday.

Professor Ogunyemi while answering question on whether there is development or not, he said: “I’ am afraid nothing new. I understand they will be meeting us on Monday. Let’s wait and see if they take a reasonable step; it will determine our next line of action. Until then, let’s wait and see.”

He continued: , “We are going to have a discussion on when to commence renegotiation because there are still grey areas. If the government can substantially address these issues, we will be more confident to face our members on the way forward. For now, the signals we are getting is that our members do not actually want to accept this government proposal from us.”

According to the PUNCH, a top officer who spoke in confidence blamed ASUU for not opening universities after the FG showed commitment to the ASUU’s demands and that it was better to start from what the FG had offered than to halt negotiation.

“The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, had told the leadership of ASUU that the FG would accept many of their demands but flexibility is needed to implement the rest. They left the meeting happy and said they would discuss the progress with their other organs. But they had delayed in moving forward. The blame is no longer in on the FG. ASUU should come forward with what they think of the FG’s commitment so far”, it was said.

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