ASUU STRIKE UPDATE – Federal Government Re-opens Talks With ASUU

Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu,
disclosed yesterday that Federal Government has
entered into fresh negotiation with Academic Staff
Union of Universities, ASUU.

He made this known when he briefed the Bamanga
Tukur-led leadership of Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, National Working Committee, NWC, on the
activities of his ministry.

He noted that the government had serious issues with
the original agreement, which he described as
complex.

He said: “We have made offer to ASUU. It is as complex as presented. Negotiation is ongoing. The National Assembly is equally involved.

“We believe they will soon call off the strike. I personally and passionately appeal to them to call off
the strike.

“It will not affect the negotiation if they call off the
strike. It is better for them to be inside than outside. Students have equally appealed to them.”

The government team, according to Federal
Government, was being led by the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

The nine-point agreements ASUU signed with Federal Government were: funding requirements for
revitalisation of Nigerian universities and Federal
Government’s assistance to state universities.

Other are establishment of NUPEMCO and progressive
increase in annual budgetary allocation to education to 26 percent between 2009 and 2020.

Also, they agreed on payment of earned allowances,
amendment of the pension/retirement age of academics on the professorial cadre from 65 to 70 years, reinstatement of prematurely dissolved
governing councils and transfer of Federal Government landed property to universities.

There was also an agreement on setting up of research development council and provision of research equipment to laboratories and classrooms in
universities.

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