ASUU Strike: FG Resumes Talks With Lecturers Tomorrow

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Sunday, 20 January 2019

ASUU Strike: FG Resumes Talks With Lecturers Tomorrow

ASUU Strike: FG Resumes Talks With Lecturers Tomorrow
The Federal government is expected to resume talks with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday (tomorrow) on how to resolve the issues smoldered in the two-month-old strike embarked upon by lecturers.
In a chat with The Punch in Abuja on Friday, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, however, said the union was not optimistic about the prospects of an early resolution of the industrial dispute.
Reacting to a question on whether there had been any fresh development with regard to the resolution of the dispute, Ogunyemi 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.”
Last week, he had expressed the union’s frustration with the government’s failed promises.
He said, “Last year, they promised to release the funds but they did not until November when the strike began. Our members are saying they do not want promises again; what they want is action, implementation or disbursement of funds.
“The government must act in a way to convince the union that the agreement has not been set aside. To show that the government has not set aside the agreement, they should release one tranche.”
He explained that in order to forestall a situation where ASUU and the government would restart negotiations on arrears of earned academic allowances, both sides had agreed that “it would be mainstreamed into the 2019 budget.”
Ogunyemi also said, “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.”

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