Lecturers Yet To Agree With FG As Meeting Postponed To

The lecturers met with a government delegation on Monday.

The meeting between striking university lecturers and the federal government on Monday did not resolve the contending issues but would continue on Thursday.

The lecturers, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, met with a government delegation led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, on Monday in Abuja.

The lecturers demand full implementation of a 2009 agreement and a 2011 memorandum of understanding they had with the government on various issues ranging from university autonomy, to funding, and lecturers’ remuneration. The government has said it wants a renegotiation of some parts of the 2009 agreement.

The President of ASUU, Nasir Fagge, told PREMIUMTIMES that Monday’s meeting held and the union was there to make its presentation after it had discussed with its principals.
Mr. Fagge said the government also presented its position on the implementation of the agreement adding that “the next meeting would be on Thursday still on the implementation of the agreement.”

ASUU has been on an indefinite strike since July 1 with hundreds of thousands of university students forced to stay away from classes.

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